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Vaulting Ceilings into Former Attic Space

Seward Park Gables

Repatriating unused attic space to create open rooms with dramatic gabled ceilings.

When these homeowners first moved into their house, they fell in love with the gorgeous views and classic lines of this Seward Park home, but didn’t love the closed-off kitchen and unfinished second-story space under the gable roof.

Our goal on the main floor of the home was to open the kitchen to the adjacent dining room and lift the ceiling in those rooms clear to the roof, incorporating the otherwise-useless attic space into the living space. To pull off this dramatic change, we added exposed trusses and metal collar ties that now play a pivotal role in the architectural drama of the space.

In the newly open space, the wall behind the range serves as the anchor for the room, highlighted with graphic art tile in a white tile backdrop. The two-tone cabinetry — accented with bronze hardware — helps break up the envelope of white walls and ceiling. A large island offers a great spot for food preparation and casual seating adjacent to the dining room, complete with a wood-burning fireplace.

A dining room and kitchen with gabled ceilings with trusses. – Architecture by Board & Vellum.
A Dramatic Space

By connecting the dining room and kitchen, an open concept main floor was created, complemented by a dramatic ceiling and light aplenty. Unique lighting fixtures and exposed trusses with metal collar ties add drama (and function) to the space. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

A Dramatic Space

By connecting the dining room and kitchen, an open concept main floor was created, complemented by a dramatic ceiling and light aplenty. Unique lighting fixtures and exposed trusses with metal collar ties add drama (and function) to the space. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

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High-Contrast Aesthetic

Dark-hued cabinetry and the exposed trusses provide contrast with the clean white walls, countertops, and ceilings. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

High-Contrast Aesthetic

Dark-hued cabinetry and the exposed trusses provide contrast with the clean white walls, countertops, and ceilings. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

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Eye-Catching Tile

Graphic art tile behind the range serves as the focal point of this sleek kitchen. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Eye-Catching Tile

Graphic art tile behind the range serves as the focal point of this sleek kitchen. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

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Taking Advantage of the Height

Metal collar ties and a stunning chandelier break up the white of the peaked ceiling. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Taking Advantage of the Height

Metal collar ties and a stunning chandelier break up the white of the peaked ceiling. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Upstairs, under the steeply-sloping roofline, we carved out a long primary bathroom. The low space under the roof — where there isn’t enough headroom to stand — is the perfect spot for a statement soaking tub, under a skylight, in front of a wallpaper accent wall. A white-painted, wood slat wall serves as a backdrop for the vanity while also tying into to the simple, white tile of the walk-in shower.

In the bedroom, headroom clearance was also a problem. So, we added an accent wall cutting into the space, pushing the head of the bed into the area with higher clearance. The accent wall functions aesthetically in the same way as the head of a bed would, were it be a piece of furniture: anchoring the head of the bed in the room.

Custom built-in casework in the other low-ceiling-areas of the room helps anchor the roof and provide much-needed, useful storage. The large window in the room also functions as a Juliette balcony: the lower panel of the glass stays put like a railing, while the upper panel slides down. Open rafters and metal collar ties reflect the architecture in the kitchen, tying the whole home together with a shared architectural language.

In the end, the clients now have a home that lives larger and more comfortably, while not actually including any additional space. The dramatic ceiling height helps the home feel bright and airy, letting the focus remain on the gorgeous views and classic lines of the home.

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Classic Color Palette

Brushed brass hardware provides a third color tone to accent the darks and lights that make up the rest of the room. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Classic Color Palette

Brushed brass hardware provides a third color tone to accent the darks and lights that make up the rest of the room. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

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Dramatic Spaces Under Sloping Ceilings

Upstairs, the steep roof makes for a passageway full of character, including a deep jade-hued barn door leading to the primary bathroom. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Dramatic Spaces Under Sloping Ceilings

Upstairs, the steep roof makes for a passageway full of character, including a deep jade-hued barn door leading to the primary bathroom. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

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Accent Wall as Headboard

To account for enough headroom at the bed, an accent wall pushes into the room, functioning as a built-in headboard and serving the aesthetic of the room nicely. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Accent Wall as Headboard

To account for enough headroom at the bed, an accent wall pushes into the room, functioning as a built-in headboard and serving the aesthetic of the room nicely. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

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Highlighting a Statement Tub

The steeply sloping roofline provided the opportunity to tuck a statement soaking tub under an overhead skylight. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Highlighting a Statement Tub

The steeply sloping roofline provided the opportunity to tuck a statement soaking tub under an overhead skylight. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

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Holistic Design

A dramatic vaulted ceiling with metal collar ties, and similar color palette, link the aesthetic with the living spaces below as a cohesive whole. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Holistic Design

A dramatic vaulted ceiling with metal collar ties, and similar color palette, link the aesthetic with the living spaces below as a cohesive whole. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

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Living Large in Smaller Spaces

Thanks to peaked ceilings, a distinctive chandelier, and striking hardwood floors, this bedroom feels much larger than it is, all without adding any additional space. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Living Large in Smaller Spaces

Thanks to peaked ceilings, a distinctive chandelier, and striking hardwood floors, this bedroom feels much larger than it is, all without adding any additional space. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

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A Spa-Like Bath

Sleek white cabinetry, countertops, tile, and panelling, plus brushed brass hardware, complement the dark tile floors and accent wall in a modern yet timeless way. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

A Spa-Like Bath

Sleek white cabinetry, countertops, tile, and panelling, plus brushed brass hardware, complement the dark tile floors and accent wall in a modern yet timeless way. Seward Park Gables | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Recognition
This project was honored with two REX/T-REX Awards for remodeling excellence.

Notes & Credits
This project was built by Armada Design & Build Inc.
Photos by Andrew Giammarco Photography.

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