Merit Award - Mill Street Cottages

Hard to believe this gem of an infill site was once occupied by a junkyard. “Local folklore even has it that the eccentric former owner had a bomb shelter under there, which we haven't confirmed, although we did find a reinforced underground concrete room when we started digging,” says architect and developer Alex Kosich.

Located within walking distance of restaurants, shops, churches, a hospital, and civic buildings, the 1,400-square-foot, Craftsman-style homes feature generous porches, low-maintenance fiber-cement shake siding, space-saving built-ins, and universal design features such as wider hallways, roll-in showers, and electrical wall outlets that are located a smidge higher than standard.

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