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Smart renovations give new life to former attic

(Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
By John R. Ellement
Globe Staff / September 25, 2011

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The people who rebuilt this three-story home on a dead-end street made wise choices, the most important being that they converted all floors into living space. With wide crown molding, painted a glistening white, atop walls painted taupe, the living room has an air of elegance reinforced by decorative columns, a large picture window and recessed lighting.

The dining room is painted wheat and is decorated with a modern chandelier of wires and small lights and draws natural light from bay windows. Between the dining room and kitchen is a two-seat breakfast space.

The kitchen has custom maple cabinets that line one wall. Here, the renovators added a unique touch: Two rectangular windows were built into the corner of the house to ensure there were windows above its stainless steel sink. The appliances are stainless steel. A large half-bath, with blue walls, is off the kitchen.

The second-floor master, painted blue, accommodates a king-size bed and has a walk-in closet. One bedroom has a large, lighted closet and two windows while the third has a set of bay windows and is painted gold. The full bath has a bathtub with a shower, a contemporary vanity, recessed lighting, slate tile flooring, and a pocket door.

The attic was reborn as a comfortable single room that runs the length of the house, dramatically increasing overall livable space. It has skylights, knee wall storage, and is currently used as an office/family room. The house has two heating/central air units and new insulated windows. There is a freestanding two-car garage with new roof. The basement is unfinished.

Tamela Roche of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Cambridge is the listing broker. Roche will be holding an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today.

12 Cudworth St.
Medford
Price: $499,000
Style: Victorian
Built: 1900; renovated 2007
Square feet: 1,806
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1 1/2
Sewer: Public

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