This 3200 square foot new house was built for the mother of a previous client, who was relocating to Acton to be closer to her grandchildren. The owner wanted a Cape, reminiscent of her lifelong home in Virginia along with similar trim and details. We created a house that functioned well for a single person but also accommodated a large family on holidays and grandchildren visiting often. The house has a classic three bedroom - second floor arrangement with a safer switchback stair, but also provides a first floor master bedroom suite (planning ahead for when stairs might get more difficult). The first floor has an eat-in kitchen and a formal dining room, piano parlor and family room. The attached garage provides non-slip access during the winter with a generous mudroom for frequent visitors.