A Shipshape Makeover for a 1903 Cottage
Gracious Built-In Storage
Alicia also asked for a fireplace and an entry hall, requiring additional visits to municipal offices. "We ended up redesigning the entire interior of the house," says Whisenand. To assist in the process, she brought in general contractor Russell Calhoon, and Detlev Doring, a structural engineer, a necessity in this earthquake zone. Preparing for a down-to-the-studs renovation, the Leaches moved into a rental.
Shown: In the family room, the column above the built-in cabinet serves as both an architectural feature and a plumbing chase. Small windows placed high on the wall screen views from the street. Built-in cabinetry offers doors, drawers, and cubbies for a variety of storage options; large baskets corral toys while making them easy for kids to access.
Baskets: Crate & Barrel