built-in bookshelf between living room and dining room
Photo: Keller + Keller
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Stepped Up

There was no way to move into the windbeaten, century-old bungalow as it was. With 1,545 square feet, thin walls, and a second floor almost completely under the eaves, "it needed everything," recalls Dana, who's also the operations manager at Donald's architecture firm.

"Knocking it down would have been easier and less expensive," Donald says. "But I didn't want to do that. The challenge was to respect the original bones and scale, especially upstairs, while expanding it."

Shown: The graceful, neatly framed transition between the living and dining rooms adds a sense of spaciousness while giving the separate areas distinct identities.
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