My contractor had a great idea to move the stairway from the back of the house to the front entryway.  This change made such a dramatic difference.  Dead space in the entry now became a beautiful stairway where I could display my artwork.  The new stairway was wider, which simultaneously made them safer and improved the flow of the entire house.  I was also able to gain two extra feet in my kitchen and add a mudroom. We also removed the obsolete brick chimney chase and combined the two small bedrooms into a large, spacious, and functional master bedroom.  With the reconfiguration I was also able to add a half bath, which was great!  Here is a {near} final copy of my new floor plan: