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A tiny cabin was the nucleus.

"It was a classic situation," says Constance Richardson about her move West. "I sold a fairly large house in New England for what seemed like a lot of money--and discovered that all I could afford in Marin Country, California, was a 600-square-foot cabin."

To help Constance and her husband, Vedit Engin, out of a pinch, San Franciso architect Heidi Richardson developed a plan to expand and remodel the cabin in two affordable stages.

In the first stage, the kitchen was separated from the living area by a small partition. The bathroom was reorganized and capped with a new skylight. The dining area gained a window seat and closet. And just off the living area, a 200-square-foot bedroom with walk-in closet was pushed out on posts over a hillside.

The window seat and one corner of the new bedroom are actually glass pop-outs that create an illusion of added space by blurring the boundaries of the rooms.

The second stage will involve expanding the living room into the bedroom by removing the partition between them, and adding a new bedroom to link the main house to a small existing guest room adjacent to the parking area. A new fireplace will be installed next to the cantilevered window corner in the former bedroom to give the expanded living room dramatic new focus.
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