Magazine article Sunset

A Sense of Grandness for a Tidy Little Cottage

Magazine article Sunset

A Sense of Grandness for a Tidy Little Cottage

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Adding a second story doubles a house's floor space-unless you're willing to sacrifice some of the possible square footage in favor of a more dramatic sense of openness. That was the decision when a level was added to this 850-square-foot Seattle cottage. The result is a bright, 1,350-square-foot house that feels far grander than it would have without its two-story interior volumes.

The original 1922 structure was a box set on a rectangular foundation, with only a couple of cantilevered bays interrupting its simple geometry. When the roof was removed, the perimeter walls were simply extended upward to enclose a second level. The house was then topped with a large gabled roof-given streetfront interest by a trellis of exposed rafters over a new second-story balcony.

A single-car garage, partially tucked under the living room, protrudes from the front of house. The upper part of its walls were clad with shingle and clapboard siding to match the house, and its roof was decked to become an outdoor sitting area, just to the right of the entry porch. Along the house's south wall, an existing bay window in the dining room was also extended up into the new roof line; the bay is capped by a new side gable with a triangle of glass just under its peak. …

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