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What a two-story, 100-square-foot entry hall can do.

What a two-story, 100-square-foot entry hall can do

A lofty front hall is a luxury, but in Betty and Steve Mar's house the 10- by 10-foot entry is also very practical.

A full two stories tall and set at front center in the house, this glass box visually expands the 2,600-square-foot residence by providing views to the outdoors from four rooms. The large windows, white interior paint, light floor color, and simplified trim all help the space look bigger than it is.

As an air-lock entry, the glass box keeps furnace-warmed air from escaping from the main house when the front door is opened. Solar radiation collects inside its double-glazed windows and well-insulated sheath (R-30 in the ceiling, R-19 in the walls, and R-11 under the floor). The 4-inch-thick poured-concrete floor, topped with 8-inch-square glazed tiles, stores solar heat for slow release later.

If too much heat builds up in the house or the entry, it can be vented out an openable second-story window. These windows can all be reached from the second-floor bedroom.

Plants flourish in the room. And when nippy weather confines everyone inside, sitting almost outdoors in this wind-free space keeps cabin fever away.

Architects were Carolyn Widgery and Stuart Silk of Seattle.

Photo: Tall, bright, and mostly glass, southwest-facing box serves as front hall. This view is from interior window of second-story bedroom overlooking entry

Photo: Big window climbs stairs, bringing light and views into stairwell and spaces beyond

Photo: Hose bibb with drain below spigot simplifies plant care and floor mopping

Photo: From street, stairway winds up past landscaping to handsome, glass-wrapped entry
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