1805 Brook Road
Abington, PA 19001


1636 Brisbane Road
Silver Spring, MD 20902
215-886-6916 (universal)



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Becker Residence

The owners wanted to use the finished attic on their cottage style home for a master suite, once the older kids went off to college. Working from his initial sketches and ideas, we determined that the best way to get the space was to increase the size of a shed dormer along the entire back of the house. There was a small "doghouse" dormer on the front that we turned into a wider shed dormer for a window seat and bookshelves in the new sitting room.

On the east end of the house we also replaced the gable rake trim so that the eye would read the old gable and reduce the bulk of the new side walls.

The second floor was transformed into a space that included a modern bath with a curved glass-block shower (tucked under the front gable), two master closets, a cozy bedroom with a third floor deck overlooking the woods to the rear and catching the evening sun, and a sitting room with room for a computer desk (and the window seat).

Since the roof ridge was offset from the bearing walls, we used a new full-length beam to pick up the new rafters. On the west gable, an odd-shaped old window was replaced with a quirky pair of square awning windows for light on the stairs and a sense of fun.

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