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Working within tight limitations can yield spirited design, as this well-executed architectural maneuver proves. The program was simple: Renovate a bath on the top floor of a small row house and make its attic stair and attic space usable.

Old pine beams and oak floors peacefully coexist with vertical grain roasted bamboo wall panels, frosted glass, stainless steel, and a single sheet of aluminum that was bent to form stairs.

Ray opened up the attic space to create an office and inserted a skylight in the cone-shaped ceiling. Instead of replacing everything wholesale, he sought “to contrast the rusticated materials with refined finishes.”

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