A Shipshape Makeover for a 1903 Cottage
Ceiling-Grazing Kitchen Cabinets for Maximum Storage
To add stylistic details that would reflect the period of the house, Whisenand pored over books, including William Radford's Old House Measured and Scaled Detail Drawings: For Builders and Carpenters. She found inspiration in the open room dividers common to bungalows of the early 1900s, and incorporated ceiling soffits and half-columned partition walls into her design. Upstairs, carving two bedrooms and two baths out of 665 square feet would require some ingenuity. Calhoon had to figure out how to get the waste line from the second-floor baths into the basement, where it had to connect to the main line before exiting the house. As he eyed plans for the first-floor redesign, he found the perfect spot: the cabinetry in the family room. There, a half column and a soffit above conveniently conceal the line. "The column wasn't originally designed to hide plumbing, but it worked out beautifully," says Calhoon.
Shown: Cabinets extend to the ceiling to maximize storage. The undermount farmhouse sink allows for wiping crumbs right off the counter and into the basin.
Sink: Shaws Original
Sink: ROHL Home
Countertop: Marble European Style
Hardware: Top Knobs
Pendants: Schoolhouse Electric