Toward the end of the last century (and by that I mean the 1900's), the concept of the luxury of more dominated new home construction. Families were asking for - and builders were supplying - huge homes with master suites the size of large New York City apartments, walk-in closets the size of small apartments, and bonus rooms above garages big enough to build out as a guest cottage or in-law suite.
The McMansion trend led to a counter trend toward smaller spaces, less stuff, and de-cluttering. During this period I was heavily influenced by two books: The Not So Big House, by Sarah Susanka and The Simple Home - The Luxury of Enough by Sarah Nettleton. Both authors are architects who were based in Minneapolis at the time their books were published.
The three season front porch is well lighted by the morning sun and provides a good spot for light storage and morning coffee and breakfast. It can also serve as a "third place" when working from home. A short walk for a change of venue from the home office.
The dining room is at the center of the house and serves doubly as reading space and work space. It is the main transition area between the front entry, the kitchen, and the living room. The dining room chairs can be moved onto the porch or into the living room for extra seating.
The galley style kitchen is at the rear of the house, along with a first floor bathroom near the back entry. There is no room for the standard island demanded by most home owners, but the kitchen is narrow enough that a lunch counter on the inside wall can serve as additional prep space, a place for a quick meal, or as a serving station for guests.
The luxury of enough does not require you to give up extras. For instance, a spare guest bedroom can serve that purpose, but it is set up most of the time for yoga. It could also be used as a closet or dressing room.
© Dean Pagani 2019