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Making It Family-Size
A California couple transforms their beloved cottage into a spirited home for a family of four, with the help of savvy professionals.
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REMODELING» from 34 twas 1991, and newlyweds Nora and Neal Gervais knew exactly what they needed from their first house: dog potential, party potential, and hoop potential. They love dogs, have large extended families, and, well, a guy has to have his basketball hoop. The quaint 1919cottage-style house they found in El Segundo, California, had all that. Seven years, two dogs, and one daughter (with another on the way) later, the 1,500square-foot bungalow was cramped. The house also suffered from poor ventilation, little natural light, and meager insulation. It was time to expand. "I pictured a house that would be graceful onour lot and not a house that used up every square foot of the property," says Nora. The couple found an understanding architect and an enthusiastic contractor in Michael Lee. Without changing the original footprint, Lee added a second story and moved the family bedrooms upstairs. A guest bedroom and bath remain downstairs. On the first floor, he opened up a warren of small rooms and »on 38
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Increase living space of the 1919 California bungalow, working with its a budget and without changing original footprint.
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convinced them to add a front porch. Nora now says, "It's probably the one thing we love the most." Contractor Ronnie Flavens also played a part in the project. Inspired by the couple's enthusiasm and the overall style of architecture, he opted to do much of the woodworking. "This house is a collage of several styles that actually works," says Flavens. "1 call it a Prairie design with a modern flair." In the end, it was the collaboration of like minds that brought the old home's character back into the new house. "When my mom walked in, she said, 'Oh Nora, this looks just like my grandmother's house.' And that was exactly what Iwas looking for-with a twist." So the Gervaises can check off dog potential (Crash and Rockney feel rig~ .~ home) and party potential (plenty of open space to entertain), but what about hoop potential? Says Neal, "The basketball court is at the -gark. That's lust a quick \o~ down
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Page 22: lanterns-Party lights; pertyliqhts.ccm Page 24: pears-Harry and David;877/322·1200;
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SHOW HOUSES: GET PATTERNHAPPY Pages 2~32: interior design-John Loecke Ine.;
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Page 28: frames-Larson Juhl (to the trade); 800/886·6126; larsonjuhl.com. Interior paintFarrow&Ball(tothetrade);888/511.1121;farrow·bali.
com. Yellow lacquer coHee table, Jacqui-Eboniste;

800/706-2914;

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Shade Belter; ashadebetier.com. Sofa fabric, Chevron Print (Green) 2644035: drapery fabric.

Bamboo Shadows (Greeo) 2644040-Deco,.to's Walk; 2121415·3900.Sofa cushion fabric, Cutting G.rden (Poppy) 1064012-Greeff (to the trade);
fschumacher.com. Page 30: ribbon pillows-Wild About Ribbon;

917/318·0006. China cabinet Adelphi Ierrace-. Red Egg; 336/887.3541; ,edegg.com Plant stand-Ma"ton & Langinger,212/965-0434. Blue
tufted back chairs, Valerie-Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; mgandbw.com. Drapery fabric, Bamboo

Shadows (Green) 2644040-De.corator·s

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(see previous). Page32.:lampshades-AShadeBetter(seeprevious). Three-panel upholstered screen, SlO1-Lee Industries (to the trade); leeindustries.com. Ribbon pillows- Wild About Ribbon (see previous). No-sew

tepe-Seelab; 888/888·1899;jodeesinc.com. REMODELING: MAKING ITFAMILY·SIZE Pages 34-40: architect-Michael Lee Architects. 2200 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266; 310/545·5771; mlee@mleearcite.cts.
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PLAY WITH YOUR WORDS! Show off your word game prowess with these classics from Hasbro. There's UpWords, the 3-dimensional, letter-stacking game; Boggle, the high-energy, word-search game; and Deluxe Scrabble, with the enhanced rotating turntable. Visit playwithyourwords.com

310/529·8981. Page 36: ermcbefrs-Hectcr-Berrett 213/7464908; heptorberrettcom, Side table-Ouatrine; 800/407·5120; quatrine.com. Drapery FabricDiamond Foam & Fabrics; 323/931·8148;
diamondfoamandfabrics.com. Page 38: ceramics-Moye Thompson Ceramics; 310/403-0321; rnoyecerarmcs.corn. Sideboard-

A Summec Place; 310/545·7080. ChandelierPottery Barn; 800/922.5507; potterybam.com.
Wall sconces ...• estoration Hardware; 888/243R

9720; restorationherdwere.com. Chair slipcovers,
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Page 4~: interior designer-Connie Britell, ASID, Dovetail Interior Architecture and Design, inc,

Ocean Vi"",. DEL; 3021539-1902 Floral fabric
for drapery, Westbury Bouquet-Brunschwig & Fils. (to the trade). 800/538·1880; brunschwig. com. Bed skirt fabric-Pierre Deux lnc: 888/7437732; pierredeux.com. Fabric for shades, Bahar in

DaHodil;irim for floral drapery-The Robert Allen Group through your designer; 800/333·3777; rcbertallendesiqn.com

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