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Adding a garden workroom and a master bath.

Dedicated gardener Mrs. Frederick W. Hayes had always wanted a greenhouse. But local building codes strictly limited the size of any all-glass lean-to she might add to her house. An allowable greenhouse addition would have left her insufficient space to accommodate her particular gardening interests: propagating and growing plants, and flower arranging.

Designer Albert Hilton Cohen of Edmonds, Washington, came up with the answer: a garden workroom addition that also includes, past French doors, an enlarged and updated master bath.

A window wall and five venting skylights give the new garden room as much daylight as most greenhouses have, without the overabundance of light a fully glazed structure can deliver, particularly in summer. The addition is at ground level (the house sits higher, on an 18-inch-tall foundation), and is linked closely to the garden.

Connecting the master bedroom with the remodeled bath required sacrificing a small bedroom-little missed, since the children are now grown and gone. New closets and built-ins in this connector space (two steps above the garden room) turn it into a convenient dressing area.
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