bungalow house living space with fireplace with stone surround
Photo: Ray Kachatorian
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Early Open Plan

In order to make the one fireplace work without harming the stone surround, Moeschler had to find a mason willing to shimmy down the chimney, Santa Claus style. The upstairs felt like a pizza oven, thanks to hot air trapped behind the ventless knee walls. Adding a bath up there seemed like a no-brainer until someone realized the rustic walls held no place to run pipes. "That was a complex operation," Erin says gamely of Moeschler's space exploration under the stairs.
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