An open but cozy living and dining space served multiple functions. It housed the owners’ extensive library. It was where they hung out, watched TV, and ate their meals. It was also the main thoroughfare. When it was just the two of them, the space could easily accommodate these various uses. But when their kids were at home or they had friends over, space was tight.
When people came for dinner, they would rearrange the living room furniture to make more room for the dining table. Or, in the nice weather, they would set up a table outside. They had managed this way for several years, and it was starting to get old.