The first time I drove up the winding driveway of my potential clients' home, I was struck by how the quaint 100-year-old cottage nestled perfectly in its beautiful setting at the top of the hill. It's nice to see a house that's in harmony with its surroundings, so I was pleased that the owners had already decided that any renovations they did would not alter the exterior (1).

Their goals were clear: create a master bedroom, a child's bedroom, and a bathroom, all on the second floor. It sounded simple, but looking at the small unheated area upstairs, with its uninsulated 2x4 rafters, old drafty windows, and narrow knee-wall spaces (2), I knew I had a design challenge in front of me.

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