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

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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