7 Ways to Brighten Your Home

Designer Blair Gordon helps a small Sag Harbor home live a little larger with ideas that lighten and brighten.

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Backyard Patio and Pool
Photo: Jean Allsopp

Think up, not out.

“Houses with under-used space, like attics, have tons of potential to be enlarged without modifying the footprint,” says Blair. Adding a 20-foot-wide dormer bump-out across the back of the house in a partially finished attic carved out room for two additional bedrooms and baths, for a total of 900 square feet. Raising the roofs of two dormers on the front of the house created space for a new guest room and bath.

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