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New second story and much more for a 1910 Venice cottage.

For the first time in its 75 years, this canal-front cottage in Venice, California, has grown up a little. But with new stature, it has also regained its 1910 charm. Owner-architect Toby Watson reamed the interior of extraneous walls and ceilings, added a second-story master bedroom and bath, and trimmed the exterior with detailing that's sympathetic to the past without being fussy.

Downstairs, the original 660 square feet comprise an expanded living room (pairs of 2-by-6s beef up the now-exposed 2-by-4 ceiling joists), an updated kitchen, and--along the multi-windowed rear wall--a small dining area and studio.

The bedroom and bath added 340 square feet. Ceilings in both rooms reach roof height, with light provided by bedroom windows and deck doors, a stairwell window, and a big skylight in the bath.

Adding simple muntins made new windows match the old. New fascia boards along eaves also echo original trim.
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Date:Jul 1, 1985
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