That changed in 1999 after six months of design and another six months of construction. The 1,250-square-foot, single-story house grew by 800 square feet: 350 on the original level and 450 in a second-floor addition. The $170,000 project, also included renovation of a 300-square-foot portion of the existing home.
"I wanted the addition to feel like it was part of the house, and I also wanted to stay small," says Virginia, who believes in the environmental benefits of "living smaller." Though she added a second story to the home, she didn't want a pop-top behemoth that would bully the neighborhood.