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Wardrobes and seats ... built-ins were the answer.

Like a worn-out jacket, this master bedroom needed a new lining. With two young children and a baby on the way beginning to crowd their two-story house, owners Karen and Ken Keller wanted to turn their second-floor bedroom-across the hall from the children's rooms-into a private master suite without adding any new space. That meant carefully fitting

new functions into the existing room.

Berkeley architects Karen Burks and Marc Toma met the challenge by adapting an old idea: the built-in. At 14 by 27 feet, the bedroom had ample area but was poorly organized; a sink and two tiny closets jutted into the room from one side, with no other storage area. Burks and Toma replaced the small closets with a larger walk-in, and added a 6- by 9-footfull bathroom beside it. This bathroom abuts the existing hall bath, taking advantage of in-place plumbing connections.

Burks and Toma camouflaged these additions behind new coved ceilings and wall moldings designed to match the room's original details. To add more storage space they built in window seats, wardrobes, and bookshelves along two walls. In front of the center window, between the two wardrobes, they left room for a desk.

One wardrobe holds clothes, the other the television and video cassette recorder. Corn ice and baseboard details match similar features elsewhere in the room. The architects also revamped an existing fireplace, adding a new granite face and window seats with lift-up storage on each side. In one sense, it's hard to tell what has changed in the room; the "jacket" looks the same, but it has several new inside "pockets."
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