Having a home in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, sometimes means that you have to give up the luxury of having lots of space. For this family of six, it was our mission to give them additional space in every direction we could to make it feel as sizable as possible. We were presented with grade issues throughout the project, as well as blending the proposed addition with the original part of the home so the house would feel cohesive and have a comfortable flow across all three levels. Although it’s rare in this neighborhood, the home now features a new two-car garage and lots of storage space on the ground level that required manipulating the grade as well as adding structural steel components. The additions included a large family room, living room, dining room, spacious kitchen, bar area, and foyer, along with bedrooms on the second and third floors. Because the existing home had a hip roof with dormers, we needed to replicate that with the new roof without allowing it to exceed the height of the original. For the exterior, we used Cabot stained shingles, and Marvin Windows.