paneling, which made everything feel tight and overwhelming.” The
plan called for gutting the entry level, formerly composed of a front vestibule and a catwalk leading to three tiny bedrooms served by one dated
bathroom. The new design featured two generously sized bedrooms in a
reconfigured space, each with an en-suite bathroom. “Our clients wanted
their guests to feel as if they were staying in a hotel room, so every bedroom in the house has a private bath,” Kallenberg says.
The team also reworked the entry point to the home’s third floor,
previously only accessible by an external stairwell. With the addition
of a spiral staircase off the foyer, that loft-style room, which serves as a
home office, now feels connected to the rest of the house. An innovative
element: as you ascend the steps, they expand and attach to both the wall
and the center post, eliminating that uncomfortably close feeling often
associated with this design. The spiral, fabricated from steel, wood and
glass, mimics the look of the home’s redesigned main stair well; it manages to be sleek and stylish but also functional.
On the lower level, an existing wood-burning fireplace was eliminated.
Two new direct-vent gas units were placed back to back — one to warm
the den and another for the living room. The floor-to-ceiling fireplace
surround features a combination of soapstone, hickory panels and metal
elements, designed to bring the eye upward, drawing attention to the
room’s soaring ceilings.
To maximize the drama of a double-height ceiling, the team added
a massive windowpane above a set of double glass doors that open out
to the home’s waterfront deck. “Originally, there was a smaller arched
window on top,” Kallenberg says; it was out of synch with the home’s
architectural style and, while it did reveal the water from inside the entry
level, lacked any wow factor. “Now your introduction to the space is this
amazing view,” says Kallenberg.
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