A Shipshape Makeover for a 1903 Cottage
Cheery Kids’ Attic Bedroom
"From the outset, the plan was to save as much of the existing exterior structure as possible," says Calhoon—not out of budgetary concerns, but because the Leaches wanted to retain any original materials they could. But Calhoon's discovery led him to recommend doing away with the old framing altogether. Alicia, however, was gripped by a sense of stewardship. "This is what has kept the house steady through earthquakes," she says. "I felt very secure with this original wood holding up the house." Calhoon and Doring were not so sure. Ultimately, they reached a compromise: Whatever timbers were not rotted would be kept and conventional frames placed inside them, even if that meant losing precious square footage. For added strength, the engineer required that the old Douglas fir frame be clipped to the new walls "so in an earthquake the old frame wouldn't fall off the house," Calhoon says. The foundation was altered to take the additional load and stabilized to meet seismic requirements.
Shown: The couple's two children, Hana and Wyatt, share a bunk room in the converted attic. The sloped ceiling is under one of the shed dormers added to the original structure to create headroom for the second floor.
Paint (walls): C2's Green Tea