whole house remodel bungalow interior stairway built-in storage used as coat closet
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Space Savored

Before they could get to the fun stuff, however, Clements and her design-build team had to work out ways to wring more usable living space from a 90-plus-year-old house on a small corner lot.

The dormered second floor needed only minor fixes. It holds the boys' shared lair, a smaller master bedroom, Scott's home office, and one of the home's two full baths (the other is in the finished basement). But the first floor, where everyone liked to gather, felt claustrophobic and chopped up. The driving question, Clements says, was "How do we have a family of five live comfortably in a modestly scaled house, with a place for everything?"

Shown: Beveled-mirror fronts add a formal note to the stair-wrapped built-in that serves as a coat closet. Stacked cabinets at one end hold hooks for kids' outerwear below and a charging station and files above.

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