master bedroom with tray ceiling
Photo: Nathan Kirkman
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Master Bedroom

The balance of the job would be far more complex. The Stilps longed for just a bit more space at the rear of the house. They wanted to expand the 10-by-10-foot kitchen, insert a breakfast nook, amplify the rear entrance with a mudroom, and add a more spacious family room that could accommodate a large-screen TV. Upstairs, the couple had their sights set on a true master suite, complete with a walk-in closet in the bedroom and a double vanity and separate shower and tub in the bath. The only way to pull all that off was to demo a family-room addition that had been tacked on the back of the kitchen and build a two-story, 900-square-foot bumpout that would square off the rear of the house. That meant digging a new partial foundation. The addition gave them plenty of room for the master suite, but the kitchen called for some tough decision making.

The hip roof over the new master bedroom allows for a tray ceiling that gives added height and airiness.
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