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Real-Home Makeover: Home Addition

A 900-square-foot addition adds a much-needed family room to this Vermont cottage.


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    • Extending Exteriors

      The homeowners couldn't resist the 1940s stone cottage, but the growing family needed more space than the 1,800-square-foot home provided. So they added on. To keep the addition from distracting from the home's original architectural charm, they settled on a straightforward carriage house design. Sitting the addition at an offset angle from the main house created a niche for a small patio.

    • Grow-With-Me Floor Plan

      The new family room includes a loft and offices for the kids and grownups that can be updated with minor adjustments as the family grows.

    • Smooth Curves

      A sweeping arched window adds interest to the addition. The cottage's eyebrow window over the front door inspired this detail.

    • Lofty Living

      Another unique feature in the new family room is the railing detail around the loft, which is intended to grow with the family. The railing on the end is hinged to swing inward for access to a second gathering space.

    • Attention Grabbers

      To keep the television and fireplace from competing for attention, the homeowners grouped them together. When a fire is roaring, doors that blend into the room's shiplap siding hide the TV.

    • Office Space

      Tucked underneath the loft, the grownup office can be closed off with two sets of French doors. The table and recessed bookshelves offer plenty of space to spread out and store items.

    • Kiddie Domain

      The kids in the house had some say in how their new work/play space would function. The desk area is wide enough to accommodate two seats, and the built-in storage above the desk is the right height for them to grab what they need. The homeowners designed this space to grow with the children.

    • Plant Central

      A potting center close to the back door creates a transition area from the house to the outdoors. The hutch features glass doors to show off pots and closed storage to conceal potting supplies.

    • Water Works

      The potting center features a wall-mount faucet and two countertop-mount faucets. Varying faucet heights allow the homeowners to work with pots and plants of different sizes.

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