In an age of right-sizing and value engineering, carving out space for an elegant transition—from indoors to out, downstairs to up, or even house to garage—can feel like a luxury reserved for homes with room to spare. But like careful stitching on a well-crafted garment, thoughtful transition spaces can impact the feel of a home’s design much more than the square footage they use might suggest. These examples offer ample inspiration to help plan for a smooth transition.

Claire Easley is a senior editor at Builder. Senior editor Amy Albert contributed reporting to this article.