Storage solutions combined historical practice with the tricks of boatbuilders. "On a boat virtually everything—tables, beds, benches—is built in, and I wanted the house to reflect that design sense as well," Mike says. Many of the closets and cabinets built into eaves have nautical-style ring pulls, which sit flush with the doors so that no knobs jut out.
The 18-inch-thick wall between the dining and living rooms hides structural posts and holds narrow bookcases that flank the two doorways. Two pairs of doors do double duty, separating the two spaces when closed and cleverly concealing the bookcases when open.