To formulate a plan for the exterior, Hannan cruised around Glen Ellyn taking snapshots of other houses in the neighborhood, noting their overall scale, exterior color choices, and architectural details such as dormers, columns, and rooflines. Then he went to work, designing a two-story cottagelike home. To the facade he added a small porch, where the Reeses could hang out with friends. He shifted the one-car garage, which originally sat on the sloping space under the porch, to the other side of the house and expanded it to hold two carsthe best-case scenario on a narrow lot with a lopsided topography. Now, when Dana is loaded down with groceries, she has a direct path from inside the garage to her new mudroom, pantry, and kitchen. On the back of the house, Hannan re-created the screened porch that the couple had enjoyed from the original home and added a deck. For the look and feel of the interior of their new home, the couple channeled the lakeside cottages where they summered while growing upone in Lake Tahoe, the other in northern Wisconsin. "We wanted to replicate the exposed wood, the beams, and the light from the outdoors," says Doug.

Their other mission was to use the 2,532 square feet of living space efficiently. Hannan made rooms feel larger by using lots of glass to maximize the views in the front and the back. "The windows were the single biggest budget item in the entire house," says Doug of their Pella Architect Series double-hung and casement windows, some with transoms and retractable screens.

The investment proved to be worth it. Natural light infuses the living space, designed with an open floor plan that flows out from the kitchen into the dining and living rooms. Timber framing with reclaimed 1940s Douglas fir beams from the Duluth Timber Company subtly defines the rooms while supporting the second floor. Warm natural wood finishes are used everywhere in the house, from the southern heart-pine floors on the first floor to the red oak floors upstairs to the flat-panel cherry kitchen cabinets to the simple stained pine trim. "We took the lake house look and added some of the simplicity of Shaker design," says Dana.
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