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One of the main objectives was creating an open space where their kids could have their friends over and hang out.

Knight opened up the former living room to the kitchen and a new breakfast area, which you see part of in the foreground.

BEFORE: The kitchen was closed off from the rest of the house.AFTER: Knight designed this dining area in a small new addition to serve as a breakfast room (the columns mark where the exterior wall with the large window is in the previous picture.) However, it didn't take long for the family to turn it into their only formal dining area."They realized they liked to gather here for all occasions while the kids hung out in the family room," she says.A local family bought it because they loved the yard, the area and the schools, but they knew it would need an update to work well for them."The family wanted to open up the space, give it a nice flow, let in more natural light and expand the views of the backyard," says architect Catherine Knight of Knight Architects.

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