This 1,700-square-foot 1856 house
in Vermont is nicely sited along
the north side of a narrow town lot.
Unfortunately, the garage, in the
back of the house, cuts the living
and eating spaces off from the backyard,
and the downstairs floor plan
is a mess.
To cure these flaws, the owner wants
to move the garage to the rear and to
the south — opening the rear of the
house to a patio, light, and air — and
rework the floor plan.
Moving the garage is straightforward
enough. The floor plan is trickier. As
it is, you enter directly into the living
room and have to walk through it
and the dining room to reach the