open dining room and living room in craftsman style cottage
Photo: Mark Lohman
« »

Smooth Transitions

Inside, the four-bedroom, two-bath house was roomier than it appeared from the street, with 2,268 square feet on two levels, but it lacked the Craftsman details and feeling of spaciousness Susanna craved. The front staircase, for example, featured a spindle-style balustrade similar to one they replaced on the porch. Rogers swapped in square balusters and boxed out the turned newel post.

Then walls started coming down. The living and dining rooms at the front of the house felt too confined to Susanna; she really wanted to open up the space. So they removed most of the wall between the front rooms and put in a pair of Craftsman-style half-walls with tapered columns set on top to frame the wide opening. The red oak floors were in good shape, and Rogers found new planks to match, making a seamless transition between living room and dining room.
Ask TOH users about Befores and Afters

Contribute to This Story Below