The house, at one time, must have had a back porch that was later enclosed. It opened off the dining room and the kitchen with a door to the backyard. The original floor was of lovely old Dade Pine that you just can't get anymore. It could have been used as the dining room, with the room that I used for eating as a study (like the previous occupant), but I knew that I could turn it into the gem of the cottage, and didn't want to waste the space on a room that wasn't in constant use. I imagined a room for reading and daydreaming (and hours talking on the phone). I set up an area for a small desk with access to the internet, feeling this was the space where people would want to spend the most time.