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Bracing for Change A view of the dual-purpose trellis from inside the house. Bernstein also designed a grid made of steel squares to cover the chimney and add an interesting detail to break up the mass on the exterior façade.

Modern Front A two-story window wall adds a modern look to the front façade. Inspired by the interior vertical paneling, Bernstein specified exterior vertical cedar panels in three widths.

Sleek & Simple The wood hand rail remains from the 2001 remodel when there was only a stair to the lower level because, Bernstein says, it adds a “graphic line to the composition.” She didn’t add wood caps to the rest of the stair rails because the all-metal rail looks lighter.

Old Meets New Architect Cary Bernstein kept the cottage’s original interior wood paneling, but the stark white paint gives it a contemporary feel. Bernstein says the natural patina of the reclaimed wood floor “adds texture and warmth to the open white rooms.” The limestone fireplace surround was added during the 2001 renovation.




The designer expanded the kitchen and added a breakfast area by enclosing the porch. A glass side door connects the room to the outdoors.

Seeing It All The design evolved to include this upstairs deck — a compromise with a neighbor who felt that an enclosed sunroom would block his view.

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