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Family-Friendly Addition Opens a House to the Backyard (www.houzz.com)

After this couple bought their Colonial-style home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, their family grew. And they quickly found that their house was less than ideal for raising two children. “The flow wasn’t good, they didn’t have a family room and they wanted to be able to keep an eye on their kids while working in the kitchen,” architect Kate Donahue says. The solution was an addition that includes a new family room, screened-in porch and bedroom suite for the couple. They also added on to the kitchen and reconfigured it to open up to the family room and accommodate a new butler’s pantry and powder room.

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