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After 80 years, major surgery on the inside.

This early 20th-century cottage needed only a face-lift to reclaim the outside; inside, major surgery brought it up to date for the current residents, a family of five. Exterior changes are subtle: windows are bigger, a deck gives access to the lake view, and broadened stairs make the approach to the house graceful and grander. Inside, owners Marguerite and Gary Hovde replaced a series of tiny rooms with living and dining areas that flow into each other; this gives the 1,600-squarefoot first floor a welcome openness. They also reworked an antique kitchen and modernized a large bedroom and a bath. Ross & McClure Architects of Bellingham suggested that bringing extra light downstairs and visually linking the two levels was more important than retaining the upstairs floor space, which was all open. Three bedrooms and a bath now surround an opening that looks down on and carries light into the dining room. Glimpses upward from the first floor give the impression that the 2,400-square-foot house rises farther than the eye can see. n
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Title Annotation:cottage remodeling
Date:Apr 1, 1991
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