The design raised the ceilings to their original eleven-foot height, and improved the flow between spaces with new doorways and a new internal stair. A floor-to-ceiling bookcase (with library ladder built by the owner) was added to the stair landing as an entry feature. New skylights over the stair and dining room bathe these areas with natural light.
A widened doorway from the entry to the living room better connects these spaces, and new doors on either side of the preserved fireplace add further connection. Douglas fir exterior doors were added to the living room and kitchen to link them to the garden and deck.
To modernize the home, the kitchen was reconfigured and redesigned with a Heath tile backsplash, Carrera marble countertops, industrial fittings, and IKEA cabinets clad in custom wood and painted fronts.
The new master bath has a separate shower and tub, and two vessel sinks on a custom floating cabinet. Walls are clad with Heath tile or painted v-groove boards to add texture and reference older elements of the original home in a modern way.