A Shipshape Makeover for a 1903 Cottage
Much-Needed Entry Vestibule
The preapproved plans, by architect Whitney Schrauth, would allow the Leaches to convert the attic into living space, expanding the 1,092-square-foot house by 665 square feet, thanks to two shed dormers that would be added to achieve ceilings upstairs rising from 6½ feet to 9 feet. In a locale where bay views are cherished, the house's 31-foot height would remain below the imposed 32-foot limit.
The plans also called for a massive master bedroom suite upstairs, which didn't suit the Leaches, who wanted two bedrooms and two baths there. So Schrauth recommended architect Nori Whisenand to help the couple on an interior redesign that would address the needs of the young family.
Shown: The original house had no entry vestibule—a detail the owners insisted on adding. Wainscot helps connect that space to the adjoining living room
Paint (upper walls): C2's Gallery White
Wallpaper: Phillip Jeffries