Windsor Terrace Townhouse

A walnut-and-steel stair, designed to complement a more ornate original, was inserted to connect the parlor level with a new family room and bedroom suite in a previously low-ceilinged basement. The renovated kitchen has cork flooring, two-toned cabinets and glass doors opening onto a new deck. Lowering the basement floor created a comfortable and legal ceiling height for the new living areas. The owners came away with 40 percent more floor space and improved access to the backyard.