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Small Summer Cottage Becomes a Large Modern House

This home on the shores in the Ukraine was once a small cottage for a family to spend their summers before they reached out to NOTT Design Studio wanting a much larger modern house. The main floor underwent a major transformation while a second floor was added to complete the new dramatic interior.

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The homeowners chose high-quality furniture made locally in Ukraine instead of factory-made pieces. All of the wood furniture, the entire kitchen, dining table, coffee table, and beds were built by a local craftsman based on the designer’s sketches.

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The new layout created a long hallway that’s become the center of the home. The kitchen/dining room, living room, guest bathroom, and staircase all flow from it.

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The new wood and metal staircase was designed to be minimalist with open treads so light could fill the space.

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The interior feels warm with the rough plaster surfaces looking like concrete and the rich American walnut, mixed with white and black elements.

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The upstairs houses the master bedroom with a dressing room and open bathroom, the children’s room, and a guest room.

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Photos by Andrey Avdeenko.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.