When the owners of this Fair Haven, New Jersey, property contacted architect Peter Goodhue, they were hoping he could enliven the home’s dark, Cape Cod style with a more spacious, Scandinavian-like feel. A maze of hallways dimly connected four bedrooms to a kitchen cave, which was solved by simplifying the layout and adding a picture window beside the refrigerator. A 10-foot wall of glass was installed at the front of the house, while an eight-foot sliding glass door now links the dining room and screened-in porch. "The winter blues are real around here, and without sunlit spaces we all wilt like house plants in February and March-that was our biggest concern," the owner says. But given the renovation’s adherence to sunlight, that will no longer be a problem.
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