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Santa Monica beach cottage opens up, pops up.

High real estate prices sometimes force first-time home buyers to consider purchasing houses they would never have looked at a few years ago. That's what happened to Julia and Joel McLafferty. They found a rock-bottom bargain house in Santa Monica and, with the advice of architect Wade Killefer of Carde/Killefer, Architects, figured out how they could make it livable.

Inside, the house looked like a tenement. "It was crowded with tiny dark rooms," says Killefer. "My task--to be performed for about $30,000--was to overhaul the interior completely, creating a light-filled, one-bedroom house with a spacious feeling. Joel also wanted a study that could double as a guest room."

From the front door, the architect ran a hallway along a diagonal--past stairway, bedroom, and bathroom--to the back of the house. There, it opens into a double-height space containing the kitchen and the living-dining area, which occupies the entire rear of the house.

The stair lead up to the new study loft added over the center of the house. This loft functions as a sort of balcony, overlooking and projecting slightly into the living-dining area.

Outside, the loft's pops up above the old gabled roof like a pilot house on a ship It's a rectangular space set at an angle to the main axis of the house for additional visual interest and to make room behind the stairway for the galley kitchen.

The living-dining area contains a built-in, L-shaped bench made of clear vertical-grain fir. Above its back is a 6-inch-wide display ledge. The bench faces the back yard, visible through newly installed French doors. They open directly onto a house-wide deck.

Measuring only 4 by 12 feet, the kitchen is tiny but surprisingly efficient. The secret of its success is the open shelving: three shelves run along the wall above the dishwasher and sink to form an orderly grid. To make it, the architect built a series of plywood frames, then installed vertical 1-by-2s across the face of each box. Refrigerator and stove tuck into nooks at opposite ends of the kitchen.
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