Holding to a $14,000 budget, the couple hired a plumber and an electrician to work with Matthew, an experienced carpenter. He demolished one wall and took others down to the studs to create a top-floor master suite, office, and reading nook with closets, cabinets, and open shelves cut into the knee walls. Old peel-and-stick tile and carpet came out in favor of cherry-look vinyl planks. The team added a marble-lined bath with two sinks and placed a shower area under the highest point of one gable to create a luxurious sense of space. Rather than haul furniture up narrow stairs, Matthew built two desks, a platform bed—with storage cubbies along the base—and wall-hung nightstands on-site. He wiggled the mattress and box spring in through the new office window.
Shown: The Craftsman-style glass-panel door, salvaged from the entry of the 1938 house, channels light through the space.
Light fixtures: Norwell Lighting and Accessories, norwellinc.com
Bin pulls and label holders: E.B. Bradley Co., ebbradley.com