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Big Ideas for a Small Space

A resourceful architect builds his own home on a challenging Osterville space by thinking outside the box and making the most of nature’s whims.

Photo by: Dan Cutrona

The home is well designed inside and out. Bereznicki made some creative architectural choices that give the illusion of a larger home. On the exterior, he intentionally ran the 42-foot gambrel roof in the wrong direction—at the front of the house as opposed to the side of the home—thus enhancing the scale of a rather narrow house. Inside the home, Bereznicki super-sized just about everything—from the ceiling height, to the size of the windows, to the size of the moldings—creating a feeling of spaciousness in a rather modest living area. “It’s a small size on a grand scale,” he says.

Other interior design choices made with his wife, Marianna, who is an interior decorator, make the most of limited spaces, with many of the architectural and design elements doing double, and even triple, duty. A small inglenook just to the left of the front door with built-in sofas that flank either side of the fireplace is an effective example of form meeting function. The extra long, twin-size cushions with coastal-hued custom-made coverings and pillows make for comfortable seating by day and provide additional sleeping quarters at night. The base of each of the sofas serves as storage, giving even more function to a sophisticated, yet functional design.

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