Beach-blue walls create a bold first impression in the foyer of the home. A powder-coated aluminum stair rail system visually expands the home's usable space. A decorative clock, displayed in the landing, is permanently set at five o'clock—relaxation time. A blue limpet shell mirror, flanked by candle sconces, greets guests in the foyer.
A striking Gothic staircase leads upstairs from this neutral foyer. An 18th century bronze and leather side chair adds to the medieval charm while a limed oak arts and crafts Cerusier table from David Iatesta complements the woodwork.
It’s hard to imagine now, but this charming living space was once an unassuming commercial garage. To make the most of the compact, 1,260-square-foot space (including an upstairs loft area), Frazier Associates minimized the number of walls within. Exposed brick walls and concrete flooring on the first floor were retained and a new staircase, crafted of reclaimed wood and metal railing, was designed for access to the second floor. "Providing more natural light was the biggest design challenge," say the designers. "A new recessed patio was designed behind the historic garage doors to allow for more light on the first floor, as well as to create a front entrance and a small exterior seating area."