stair landing with built-in bookshelf and closets in hallway
Photo: Keller + Keller
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Meticulous Work

The partners hired a builder, Larry Haley, and he and Donald set out to see what they could save. The process required "taking the house apart stick by stick and putting it together stick by stick, and doing some of the construction myself," Donald recalls, along with mocking up the second-floor ceiling over the stairway—repeatedly—to get several sloping lines to meet.

Shown: The generous stair landing, finished with a chunky built-in, serves as a hub for the rooms and shared linen closet arrayed around it.
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