Foursquare House

Pittsburgh, PA

The early 20th century foursquare house type is defined by its four main rooms – entry, living, dining, and kitchen. The first three rooms are often connected by framed openings, with the kitchen, being the smallest and most awkwardly-configured room, closed to the rest of the house.

We created large, framed openings between the kitchen and dining and between the kitchen and entry that replicate the existing living-to-dining connection. We also relocated the back door to invite one’s eye through the house and out to the garden. The resulting first floor is much brighter, more spacious and better connected to the outdoors. With these features, this foursquare house will function well throughout the current century.

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