A Shipshape Makeover for a 1903 Cottage
Salvaged-Flooring Surfboard as Wall Art
With the layout problems resolved, another, larger one was discovered behind the walls as work got under way. Open walls revealed balloon framing, rather than conventional platform framing. This 19th-century technique creates a skeletal structure that runs the height of the house with one-piece vertical studs—in this case, Douglas fir, half of it rotted, and most of it out of plumb.
Shown: In the stairwell, the homeowners had well-known surfboard-maker Danny Hess craft one out of the reclaimed hemlock left over from the floors, adding a playful, contemporary touch to the home's classic cottage look.