Floor Plan: Stacking It

Instead of overpowering the modest one-and-a-half story clapboard house with a sprawling master suite on one floor, the designer stacked the low-ceilinged bedroom above the bath.

What They Did:
1. Built an addition. Instead of overpowering the modest one-and-a-half-story clapboard house with a sprawling master suite all on one floor, the designer stacked the rooms. He designed a 300-square-foot first-floor bath and a low-ceilinged bedroom of equal size about it.
2. Created a central, two-sided island. Uniting the tub and vanity in one approximately 5-by-7-foot island breaks up the open space.
3. Built a shower enclosure and a toilet alcove. Along the wall opposite the tub are a glassed-in shower and a partially enclosed toilet area.
4. Added closets. Because the atticlike-bedroom holds little furniture, his-and-hers dressers were created out of built-in shelves and pull-out bins installed on the wall opposite the vanity; sliding doors lead to a generous walk-in closet. A separate linen closet was carved out in the space under the stairs.
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