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Home Remedies

A batch of small changes revitalizes a tired floor plan, and a 400-sq.-ft. addition crowns the house with a graceful new roof

Building designers Keyan Mizani and Alexia Zerbinis were able to rescue this 1928 house that had all the usual markers of a building’s trip through time, such as peeling wallpaper, thick shag rugs in unfortunate colors, and also many odd and often unsettling things. The biggest change was a new roof that extends over the living room to provide just enough space for a master suite without expanding the house’s footprint. The rest of the "cure" entailed unclogging major circulation arteries on the first floor, as well as reassigning rooms so that their functions and locations made sense. Finally, by fine-tuning the kitchen layout— relocating the back door, adding new cabinets and a breakfast nook, and replacing an obsolete chimney with pullout pantries—they rehabilitated the heart of the house.

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