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FEB 2019

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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Higher Ceilings and More Light Scraping the house gave rise to higher ceilings on the main floor. Where once 9- and 10-foot ceilings loomed, 12-foot ceilings improved the space at the gut level. And yes, higher ceilings offer a more open feeling. But they also offered the opportunity for more daylight. That's because Levin and the team from Revolution specified a series of clerestory windows, which allow light into the main floor from almost every direction. For example, a set of windows on the new front elevation—just right of the main entry—are south facing, allowing maximum daylight during cold winter months. In fact, those very windows are positioned just above the new office, which has no ceiling but is nonetheless surrounded by 8-foot walls. Windows fill the gap above the office and, from a design standpoint, add immensely to the modern, Scandinavian style desired by the clients. "When you enter the house and you realize that the office space—the quiet, piano room and space- to-get-away—doesn't have a ceiling on it, allowing the piano sounds to come across to the other side of the house, you understand how it makes all mem- bers of the house feel together," Levin says. "You can have privacy, and you can have quiet time. So that has great value to our clients. And it allows There's really no comparison between before and after (top left + top right). Cramped and dark gives way to light and open. Revolution Design + Build and the client used mostly no-frills finishes, such as maple and Marmoleum, to maximum design effect throughout the home. Spray-foam insulated walls and R-70 ceilings (above) are complemented by a Morso high-efficiency, wood-burning stove. Made in Denmark, the stove can max out at 35,000 Btu. Behind it is the open- ceiling office /piano room, which is audibly connected to the family spaces on the ground level. BEFORE DESIGN SOLUTIONS 34 February 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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