Printer Friendly

They cut into the roof for a new top-floor bedroom.

They cut into the roof for a new top-floor bedroom

Inspired by the notion of making "onelittle room an everywhere,' Julia Owens and Larry Thomas of Seattle credit poet John Donne with describing what they wanted in a new top-floor bedroom. More than a place to sleep, it would be a space to wind up with a breakfast tray and paper, and wind down with a glass of wine and a book or television program.

To get 300 square feet of floor space forthe bedroom and 90 for an adjoining deck, architects Bill Curtis and Pat Emmons cut into the east-facing side of the house's pitched roof, then added a shed dormer to gain headroom. For the addition's inside wall, they designed floor-to-ceiling storage cabinets to organize garments and assorted amenities, including books, electronics, and a small refrigerator.

They brightened the room with a greenhousewindow that lets morning light stream in and provides a stage for a varied cast of house plants. French doors lead to the deck and open the room to refreshing breezes. Along with a large window next to them, the doors bring in light and views of surrounding treetops. Behind the deck are the staircase landing and a tiny bathroom that fits under the original roof.

The deck's wing wall echoes the new roofline and creates privacy and a windbreak. White-painted walls help turn the deck into a warm pocket even on chilly mornings. Its floor has a slight slope so water can drain through a gap along its front edge, onto the roof lip, and into the housewide gutter.

Photo: A place to relax with a book or take in the view: bedroom and deck replaced old attic

Photo: Slotted into house's rear roof line, bedroomand deck overlook garden. Deck's tall wing wall reflects sunlight, adding warmth

Photo: Behind louvered doors, television sits on extension shelf, clothes hang, shoes line up, and refrigerator and coffee maker hide. Vanity recess has light above and mirror behind
COPYRIGHT 1987 Sunset Publishing Corp.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1987 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Sunset
Date:Feb 1, 1987
Words:330
Previous Article:An envelope of air around this house keeps it cool in summer, warm in winter.
Next Article:Pavilion opens to garden and sky.
Topics:


Related Articles
Doing over an open-plan house. New entry, fireplace, upstairs master suite.
Where's the addition? Hard to tell, but it's a whole floor.
Second-story extension shelters the front entry.
Master bedroom and bath, private view deck, study ... it's an upstairs "escape zone."
Going up; this month, another strategy for remodeling your house; adding a second story.
Adding a little, gaining a lot.
HOME FRONT: MAKING THE MOST OF THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR.
Property: Enjoy a stylish city life without the hullabaloo.
Residential Property: Character at Northumberland Park.
Residential Property Nests that come ready-feathered.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters