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Going up over a tiny cottage: new master bedroom, light, view.

A total transformation can result when adding a second story means redefining the whole house.

That's what happened when Anne and Skip Haugh added a second floor to their modest 850-square-foot house. They wanted lots of light, space, and a view to the ocean, and they got it without expanding the 23- by 72-foot perimeter foundation. The new upstairs balcony and master suite increased floor space to about 1,400 square feet.

The garage, driveway, and front door remain in the same locations. But the similarity between before and after ends there. Gray-green horizontal siding with light peach trim replaced the old shingled exterior. A 14-foot-high window now dominates the front corner of the living room. (To keep roof weight off the 1/2-inch plate glass panels, front and side walls had to be reengineered to carry the load.)

Despite the narrow confines, the interior soars. The living room measures 12-1/2 by 26-1/4 feet and includes a dining area. Windows high in the side walls balance light from the tall corner window. The first-level kitchen and second-level balcony and bedroom open to this main space.

Extending the front wall above the garage let the Haughs build a private roof deck. Since the house is just a block from a San Diego beach, the deck lets them enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of the ocean.

Mr. Haugh, of Salerno/Livingston & Partners, designed the remodel.
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