bungalow house living space with original built-ins, wainsocting, cove ceilings
Photo: Ray Kachatorian
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Budget Then, Cool Now

But if the three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath house was no museum piece, it had plenty to offer a jaded 21st-century eye. Along with the original fireplace, the living space boasted lofty cove ceilings and the original wood floors and built-ins, some topped with graceful tapered columns. While the picture window in front was surely more recent than early last century, other windows still had their wavy glass. The roof was serviceable, the siding was sound, and the board-and-batten walls, while arguably a budget choice at the time, now qualified as a cool design element.

Shown: Original built-ins and wainscoting, refinished with a walnut stain, unite the living spaces and, along with the cove ceilings, help make the compact first floor feel more spacious.
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