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The homeowners make good use of this “bonus” attic room. “We have a turntable and Mike plays his records,” Kathy says. “We sit there listening to music, watching the sunset, and drinking wine. And the view is incredible.” Mike concurs. “We have fun with it,” he says.

Now, fitting a home with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms that comfortably accommodates the homeowners and their adult children, friends and extended family on a lot that is less than a quarter-acre was certainly a challenge, but the challenge allowed Hagerty to stretch his creative design muscles.

One of the most captivating features of the interior of the home is the turned staircase that leads from the basement up to the third level. Featuring solid mahogany, and constructed of steel plates to allow for floating platforms without posts, this special staircase is as functional as it is beautiful. “We kind of backed into that,” Mike says. “We didn’t build the staircase that way to conserve space, but in the end it did, and that was a bonus.”

From atop the stairs—just outside the bonus room on the third level—the view inside the house is mesmerizing. “When you look down the staircase from the attic level, the visual is just perfect,” says Mike. “And the mahogany floors with white trim make this the best part of the house.” Teague adds that the development of the attic space inspired the design of the staircase, and vice versa. “We had to design it this way to avoid cutting the house in half with a three-story staircase,” Teague says. “It really is amazing, and it makes a difference in the utility of the space.”

The staircase design allows for generously sized bedrooms and good traffic flow throughout the home. Despite the diminutive size of the lot, the house boasts a large guest suite with bath on the first floor, and on the second floor there’s a large master bedroom with a walk-in closet and en suite bath, as well as two additional bedrooms with a common bathroom. The main floor includes a laundry room, a half bath, and a large living area with a kitchen and family room. A screened-in front porch extends this space, fulfilling the homeowners’ desire for an open and comfortable floor plan.