the family room in this remodeled, light-filled colonial home
Photo: Ken Gutmaker
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Elevated And Finished

Raising the family room floor was a challenge, Woods recalls, because it meant lifting the firebox, rebuilding the hearth, and finding doors short enough to fit existing headers. The crew relocated a crawl space and put down new joists, subflooring, and wide walnut planks finished with Bryan's chosen topping: clear polyurethane. The family room gained a set of doors to the patio, and the kitchen a box-bay bumpout, which allows table and chairs to scoot out of traffic and light to pour in during breakfast.

Custom finishes include a countertop edge known­ as Dupont offset and upsized baseboards, crown molding, and cabinet pulls. "I wanted everything to look substantial," Emily says. "I love that weight. And it's important to me that the cabinets go up to the ceiling."

That ceiling is beadboard, which teams with dark bronze hardware to evoke a vintage-cottage feel. Upper and base cabinets sport contrasting trim, and stainless-steel chicken wire replaces glass cabinet fronts at different heights, so nothing looks too matchy-matchy.

Shown: The family room's traditional-look built-ins are loosened up with open shelves and cabinet doors with chicken-wire fronts for displaying favorite objects. Coffee table: Restoration Hardware
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