“It’s small, but we’ve all found a different use for it when guests aren’t visiting,” says Maltzman, a fifth-grade teacher. He uses it as a quiet getaway where he can grade papers; 4- year-old Max has claimed the closet as a favorite hiding place; and Gosselin prefers the loft for napping.
“It’s exactly what we’ve always wanted,” Maltzman says. “It’s just cozy.”
They used Smith & Fong’s Durapalm for the flooring and added a dark stain. The plantation-grown coconut palm is relatively inexpensive and hardwearing.