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WHAT: Reconfiguration of upper floor & minor changes on main floor

CHALLENGE: Creating two children’s bedrooms of out of one; adding
and improving storage; full bathroom renovation adding new shower.

STRATEGY: The typical three rear windows are replaced with two wider ones so that the
wall can be centered on the rear facade. Both rooms get ample built-in shelving and desks.
The core (closets & bath) of the top floor is reorganized to accommodate a shower.

 

 

CONTRACTOR: Sasa Renovations, Inc. (now HDR Remodeling & Co, Inc.)

PHOTOGRAPHY: Ben Rahn, A-Frame Studio

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On the main floor, a closed-up flue was re-opened and new mantle added (previous picture). In order to better connect the floors, the opening into the stair hall was widened.

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In the downstairs hallway, a wall of wood paneling hides a closet…..

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…and a powder room.

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In order to modernize the decor while keeping with the spirit of the house, paneled doors with a simple “square-stick” molding and flat trim with a square edge detail were used throughout the upper floors.

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The upstairs main bath, used by the entire family, is enlarged by stealing some room from the closet behind, thus accommodating a new shower stall. A skylight flush with the wall admits ample natural light into the otherwise windowless space.

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The two rear bedrooms have built-in shelves and desks (one of them visually absorbing the fire place “bump-out”) to maximize the rooms’ efficiency and keep toys off the floors. The new, large windows give the rooms a sense of proportional generosity despite their limited size.

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Top Floor BEFORE (top) and Top Floor AFTER (bottom)