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Every inch counts in this under-the-old-house addition.

Every inch counts in this under-the-old-house addition

Elevated on a set of one-story shear wallsto capture an ocean view, this tiny one-story house in Del Mar, California, presented architect Ken Kornberg and his wife, Veronica, with an unusual remodeling opportunity: its entire ground level was devoted to open-air parking.

Kornberg filled in this lower area with amaster bedroom and bath (there's room out front for a parking pad). Even though he was in the unusual position of adding down, his ideas merit attention from remodelers adding bedrooms and baths in other directions as well.

After pouring a foundation, Kornbergprovided access to the addition by opening up one wall of the entry stairwell. Three steps lead down to the new sleeping area; it combines with dressing area, study, and bath to add 520 square feet of living space, with an adjoining 40-square-foot utility room.

At one side of the new bedroom, the 8- by10-foot dressing area has a built-in chest of drawers, a closet, and a vanity.

A two-step level change sets off the study,complete with desk, bookshelf, lounge chairs, and fireplace. Sufficient for heating, the fireplace has a kindling drawer below and a niche for wood. Off one corner of the study is the bath, partially tucked under the staircase to the upper floor. Glass blocks bring in light through the exterior wall. An oversize shower is deep enough to double as a tub.

Ash-trimmed birch built-ins reduce theneed for freestanding furniture and save floor space. To use every available inch of storage, drawers in the angled entry partition slide out parallel to the walls.

Throughout the addition, recessed ceilingfixtures provide lighting.

Photo: Beams across bedroom ceilingsupport main house above. Step-down defines study area with fireplace, built-in desk. Vertical glass-block strip lets light into adjacent bath

Photo: Entry to master bedroom givesglimpse of fireplace, at left. Through opening in angled wing wall, you see glass door to deck

Photo: Built-in dresser's diamond-shapeddrawers echo angle of wing wall. Dressing area is at left, house entry up steps at right

Photo: Ground-level bedroom addition is threesteps below stairs and entry to original house. New master suite has dressing area, study, bath with glass-block wall

Photo: Hexagonal tilescover walls, floor, counter (under staircase), and sunken shower and bath (reflected in mirror) against glass-block window

Photo: Panel of glass blocks runs length ofbathroom, giving light but protecting privacy. Sliders at top ventilate room
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Date:Apr 1, 1987
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