Amazing cottage makeover

A clever addition spans a driveway to create one beautiful, airy home from two tiny cottages. See the transformation

The well-parked dining room table
Thomas J. Story

A well-parked dining area

In a nod to the past, a driveway-size band of concrete still runs through the middle, now serving as the floor of the foyer and dining area. 

The enclosed former driveway hosts a dining area that opens onto the kitchen and rear garden. It features a cascade of crystals hanging amid low-voltage track lights.

This flat-roof space almost didn't happen; city officials resisted enclosing the driveway "until we realized it was scaled to the width of a Model A and was too narrow for modern car doors to open," Shemchuk says.

Find out how they made the living room feel larger.

Resources: Harvest dining table and benches from Ted Boerner (to the trade only; 212/675-5665). MonoRail lighting with Cam heads from Tech Lighting (847/410-4601). Range hood from Wind Crest (877/387-6721). Range by Viking (888/845-4641). Romeo Moon pendant light from Flos.

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