Without adding significantly to the house's existing footprint, the addition angles toward the sun bringing light into the kitchen and living room. The new space extends toward the entry, providing storage for outdoor clothing and boots while serving as an interstitial space to deal with the previously problematic foot traffic. The second story reclaims un-utilized attic space, extending the floor plan to introduce an additional bathroom and walk-in closet.
The entryway closet and non-load-bearing walls which previously separated the kitchen and the surrounding rooms are removed to open the existing main floor and enlarge new space. In the subtractive version, emphasis is given to the connection between the upper and main floors by cutting away part of the wall that currently hides the stair. In the additive version, a new stair is put on the central axis of the house in line with the entryway, and the old stair is turned into storage accessible from both floors.
This proposal for a transformable duplex provides two distinct livable divisions of the house, which would eventually allow for the expansion of a growing family or the addition of another resident, while initially providing live-work additional income for lower income residents. The two sides of the house can also be connected for shared use, and studies consider their aggregation into shared yards to introduce variation into a typical suburban housing condition.