upstairs bedroom converted from attic space of cottage remodel in Austin, TX
Photo: Casey Dunn Styled by Kay Bay
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New Upstairs Bedroom

The Lyons turned to the same local design-build firm, CG&S, that had done their earlier addition. The toughest challenge was adding headroom and natural light to the attic without altering the roof's pitch. The crew raised the ridge beam up and back to extend the existing slope in front, which allowed for ceilings 10 feet at their peak inside. The centerpiece of the new roof is the eyebrow dormer that the crew built off-site, rafter by rafter, then trucked over to the house and wedged into place. Just getting the unusual dormer to line up correctly, then shaping a smooth contour inside with Masonite and drywall, took the men an entire week.

The curved dormer with an arched ceiling creates a cozy alcove for the daughter's bed. A low door behind her nightstand accesses knee-wall storage.

Wood flooring: M-D Custom Wood Floors
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