staircase leading to third floor of 1910 shore house
Photo: Michael J. Lee
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Up and Away

With the two big projects complete, the rest felt more like cleanup than major construction. The stairway leading from the second to the third floor got a rebuilt railing. Second-floor bedrooms got fresh paint; and those bathrooms received their redos. "Simple and neutral was the idea," says Palumbo, who used white fixtures, natural slate and limestone for the floors, and more beadboard for walls and vanities.

Shown: An original third-floor staircase leads to a new built-in seating area opposite the one window in the house that offers a water view. Transom windows (on the left) channel light into the new bathroom.
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