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1949 flat-top enlarges upward and frontward; inner walls divide its semicircular windows.

1949 Flat-top enlarges upward and frontward An inventive second-story addition opened and updated this formerly cramped tract house. The new double-gabled master suite covers the central portion of the formerly flat-roofed residence, built in 1949. Arched windows in each gabled end wall brighten the upstairs rooms and give the house a bold look.

Before the addition was built, the house's front walls were pushed forward, creating a central entry and enlarging dining and living areas. In front of the old facade, the downstairs addition's hip roof tapers upward, drawing the eye toward the second story.

The upper addition rests on interior bearing walls. An existing fireplace chimney in the front wall was sheathed in wood and extended to tower above the new upstairs. Cedar shingles cover the middle, two-story portion of the house; the original horizontal siding covers the garage and the rest of the house.

Upstairs, at one side of the rear of the addition, the 224-square-foot master bedroom opens, through window-flanked French doors, to the 114-square-foot, tile-floored roof terrace pictured above. In the bedroom's back wall, a large window arch is playfully interrupted by the window wall. The cutoff slice of window turns up outside the house, in the terrace wall.

At the front of the upstairs addition are a study and dressing area. In the study, another part-arch of stationary glass is bisected--by the dressing-room wall. This window continues into the dressing area, which includes an angled built-in bench.

For cross-ventilation, the owners can open the French doors, bathroom windows, and one of two skylights. All windows are double-glazed.

The design was by Richard Elmore of Palo Alto, California, and Stan Goldberg of The Sylvan Company.
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