Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane: Blog http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog en-us (C) Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:31:00 GMT Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:31:00 GMT http://www.hansoncarlen.com/img/s/v-5/u1038328606-o656945943-50.jpg Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane: Blog http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog 120 93 Cast stone hoods http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/11/cast-stone-hoods Cast stone hoods

This past year Hanson Carlen became a dealer of Euro Cast hoods.  These hoods are made from genuine crushed travertine stone using a cast and mold process that creates surface variations found in real stone. We believe these hoods bring beautiful elegance to many kitchen designs.

Take a look at the photos:

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Warm walls http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/10/warm-walls A Better Mouse Trap with Less Money


Most of the homes my dad and grandfather built used primarily 2x4 studs for the outside walls.  In the early 1900s hardly anyone used insulation in the walls.  I remember once tearing apart a home built in the early 1940s that was very unusual. It had one single layer of aluminum foil put meticulously in the center of the stud bay held in place by small little lath strips. This might have been a good air barrier but provided little R-value and the time involved putting it in was huge!  


In 1945 after the war, my father recalls building 2x4 walls and using a product called balsam wool as insulation. Several years later, dad built our home in 1958 (the home in which I was born) using R-11 fiberglass.  R-11 was quickly replaced by R-13 which fit in the same 2x4 walls. 


When I was a very young man in 1976 our company built mostly with 2x4 walls; however, Dad was using insulated sheeting on the exterior walls to boost the r-value.  This stuff looked like it was made from horses hair so we called it, “Punk board”. 


By 1980 we began using 2x6’s for walls.  With the added 2 inches, we could get an R-19 insulation batt in the walls.  We thought this was really great! By the 1990s, R-19 insulation was mostly replaced by R-21, a high-density batt that would fit into a 2x6 cavity. Today the building code in our area still allows for R-21.However, homes that contain what I call, “Good bones” and built by superior builders do not stop insulating at code minimum. There are countless ways to increase insulation values and stop air movement in a home.  Thicker walls, foam on the outside walls and so on.


So the first question now becomes, “What about longevity and systems that do not allow for wet walls and mold to grow?” and, secondly, how do cost and value play a role?  Like anything, there is a law of diminishing returns on insulation, meaning an R-11 wall will not save twice as much money on energy bills as an R-22 wall.  If I spend $10,000 more and save $200 a year, does this make sense?  You need to look at your goals. If you are looking for a “Net zero-energy home” you will want to go further than someone who wants a comfortable home with reasonable energy bills. 


Below is a photo of an R-30 wall that goes well beyond the code minimum R-21. It is quite inexpensive and a good “Bang-for-the-buck”. We are using here 2x6 construction and adding 1-inch of foam followed by a ¾” fir strip.  The foam acts as a thermal break for the stud and the 7.25” cavity allows for an R-30 Bibs system to be installed.

Below is slightly better at a significant more expense with a double 2x4 wall that gives a thermal break on the studs and allows for a 9-inch cavity for an R-38 value.

Many builders are using an XPS or EPS foam on the exterior walls to achieve high insulation values. My main concern with foam systems is in the detailing of the windows, doors and roof- to-wall areas under wind-driven rain conditions.  


Design and theory are great, but the important thing in any system is good craftsmanship and care in the assembling of the wall you are building.




office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) warm walls http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/10/warm-walls Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:00:00 GMT
Ironing tips and boards http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/10/ironing-tips-and-boards I like to iron. Do you? Most folks I talk to would rather have a toothache than iron, but I like it! There is something clean and relaxing about smoothing out wrinkles and breathing the warm, moist air as the iron shoots out steam. And the ironed product looks brand new when it is hanging all pressed and ready to wear.


Following are a few tips I have found to be helpful:

  • Be sure to use distilled water when directions call for it, otherwise the inside of the iron will rust.
  • Cut down on ironing by removing the clothes from the dryer while they are still damp. Then hang them up to finish drying. I keep a large, wooden clothes rack handy for this task.
  • After washing your ironing board cover, let it dry on the ironing board- then starch it! It will stay cleaner longer.
  • To help remove creases in hems, sponge them with a solution of white vinegar and water. Then iron flat.
  • Never use circular strokes — you can stretch the fabric. Iron lengthwise and eliminate wrinkles by blasting the area with steam.
  • When ironing large items, such as a tablecloth or curtains, set up two chairs next to the ironing board and fold the piece carefully onto the chairs as you work on it. You could also iron large items on a tabletop padded with a towel, provided that the table won’t be harmed by the steam or hot temperatures.
  • Iron sensitive fabrics with a pressing cloth — a clean cotton cloth, handkerchief, or napkin. I like to iron fabrics inside out (such as a dark pair of David’s pants) to protect them from becoming singed or shiny. Be sure to iron the legs right side out so the crease is correct (not inverted).
  • If you must use an extension cord with your iron, use a 12-ampere cord. Lighter-weight cords could overheat, causing fires. Make sure that you arrange the cord so you won’t trip over it. I always unplug my iron when I am finished, even though my iron has auto-shut off.
  • Press pleats starting from the bottom, working from the inside of the pleat to the outside. Set pleats with a shot of steam.
  • Let clothes sit for a few hours after you’re finished ironing to allow the creases to set.

Here are a photo of ironing boards we have done




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Handmade Truss http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/9/handmade-truss Roof systems in homes basically fall into two categories: stick frame and manufactured trusses.   By far the majority of homes today are built with manufactured trusses.  However, 75-years ago most homes were stick framed.  Stick framed houses could be very good or very bad depending upon the knowledge and experience of the carpenter.  I have seen homes in Spokane with 2x4 rafters spanning 15 feet and was amazed that the roof did not collapse (a 2x10 @ 16” on-center would be correct size). On the other hand, manufactured trusses are specifically engineered for roof loads. 

In our early years my Dad showed Tom (my brother) and I how to build our own roof trusses.  This was time consuming and did not have any ‘certified engineered’ design.

Once in a while we still build a timber truss or two for projects, which is fun.  On this project, we are making trusses from glue lam beams and metal gusset and bolts. We cut the parts on the ground and test that everything fits correctly then haul it up to the roof and assemble in place.   What a fun job!



painting bolts to handmade truss Making metal gusset for timber truss

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Grilling Season http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/8/grilling-season Hosting an outdoor barbeque is a favorite summer tradition. However, more people increasingly find themselves barbequing year-round.  I can remember as a kid spraying lighter fluid all over the Kingsford charcoal and enjoying throwing the match on the coals to hear a satisfying ‘whoosh’ sound. 

Most young couples start marriage barbequing with an old used Hibachi grill. However, as we progress in life so do our taste for fancier grills. The most luxurious outdoor cooking involves a built-in appliance which allows a place for everything handy to the cook. This outdoor area includes a grill which can produce a whopping 54,000 BTUs on three burners. Drawers to store utensils come in handy, as well as outdoor refrigerators that are built in under a spacious quartz counter.   

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Closet organize http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/8/closet-organize So, you’re engaged?   Then next question to follow would be, when is the big date?  Wait a minute - I am talking about closet storage and organization, not marriage!

Tag Hardware has come up with some nifty products that we have been using for our custom closets called, Engage.   What is great about these products is that they give a soft or comforting feel to the closet environment. Most of the products are fabric covered and offer a richness that is hard to beat. This same fabric also tends to protect clothes from snags and dirt.  Dividers make organization quick and easy. There are lingerie drawers, deep drawers, jewelry organizers, folding stations, pant holders and even shoe organizers in the collection.

So, how about becoming Engaged?


TAG Engage jewelry organizer TAG hardware closet organizer storage boxes

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Is that Oak? http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/7/is-that-oak Often when you say to a client, “How about using oak?” they will look anything but impressed.   Why is this? Maybe this is because they were around in the 1980s when everything from furniture to cabinets was made of poorly crafted oakwith a sickly golden stain.  Or better yet, how about hollow core ‘oak’ doors where you can actually see owl eyes in the grain; or O’Sullivan plastic furniture with simulated oak. 
O Sullivan yuk oak  These are not good examples of oak. So when I show these same clients some samples from our showroom, they say, “Is that oak?”  

Quarter sawn oak bathroomQuarter sawn oak bathroom

The reason for this is in the cut of the wood and how it is fabricated.  Quarter sawn oak does not look anything like the rotary cut that is typically in people’s minds. It is made from a different process. Look at some of our photos of quarter sawn oak.


So how about oak? Even if you do not like it, be sure to say it in such a way as to not hurt my feelings; after all our office has oak in it. 


Quarter sawn Newel Tom Hanson MadeTom Hanson Made newel from quarter sawn oak Quarter sawn oak crown molding

Hanson Carlen office cabinet 

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Attic Venting http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/6/attic-venting Most people do not think much about attic space in their home.  In the old houses of yester-year that we often work on, the attic space typically has a floor of some kind and maybe a stairway that is narrow and steep. In these older homes the builders did not typically use insulation or think about energy efficiency, so any make-shift space in the rafters was not much different from the rest of the house. Today these attics are accessed through what we in the trade call a scuttle-hole. This may be located in a closet or hallway in your home.    

This may be located in a closet or hallway in your home.  Most new homes have attic spaces; however in most cases the space is unusable for anything but insulation. 

Most people think the only thing that matters in a typical attic is having a lot of insulation. This is true but the most important thing is ventilation.  Question: Should your attic space be warm or cold in the winter? The answer is cold if you have good attic ventilation.  In the wintertime, the attic should be close to the temperature outside.  Why?  This means your house is properly insulated and sealed. Also, a cold, ventilated attic will not grow mold.  Lastly, a well-ventilated attic will keep your roof from creating ice dams and/or icicles on eaves which are hazards to a home.

In the summertime, a well-ventilated attic keeps the house cool inside.  A poorly ventilated attic can easily reach temperatures over 160 degrees while a well-ventilated attic may only reach 100 degrees.  Once a home is built, obtaining proper ventilation can be difficult.  The best ventilation schemes involve bringing air in low at the eaves and releasing the warmth out high in the attic. I wrote an article on soffit venting in the Journal of Light Construction, Three Ways to Vent a Soffit.

One thing that improves an attic in the summertime is installing a power vent.  This is basically a fan on a thermostat. When the temperature increases to a pre-set setting, the fan will kick on and draw air into the attic.  Oftentimes on a hot day an attic power vent will keep running possibly until 3 a.m. when the air temperature finally cools below say, ninety degrees. The drawback to these fans is that depending upon the conditions of your attic, a slight hum can be heard from within the house when the unit is running.  Also, you can expect to get less than ten years before the motor needs replacing on one of these units.

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Molding New and Old http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/5/molding-new-and-old This is a short transcript of a lecture on moldings and trim that Janette, our architect, and I gave to the Spokane Preservation workshop.

Older homes often have unique moldings and trim. Stock moldings ‘off the shelf’ rarely match moldings produced 100-years ago. Not to mention that wood from old growth is often hard to find.  You do not necessarily need the tools of a big shop to make some nice molding for your home.  Much can be done with a table saw and a router that many weekend woodworkers have available in their garage.  

Hanson Carlen often makes and designs our own moldings and trim; however, we have greatly improved our equipment from when my father and grandfather were in business.

My father, Dewey made many moldings using a table and a simple molding head. Much sanding and finish is needed with this method because the table saws have RPMs that are too slow.  Routers combined with various homemade jigs can also produce some nicely handmade moldings. Shapers and small molding machines are a huge upgrade over table saws and routers but come with a higher price tag and actually take up floor space from your shop. Then there is the big equipment like this 6-head molder. Nice but at what price!

For more information on the Spokane Preservation Advocates visit http://www.spokanepreservation.org.

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Members of Spokane Preservation Advocates http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/5/members-of-spokane-preservation-advocates This past year Hanson Carlen became a sponsor of the Spokane Preservation Advocates whose goal is, “To preserve and enhance the historic character of Spokane and Spokane County through advocacy, education and preservation.” In February, our architect (Janette) and Kim and I participated in a workshop of historic moldings and woodwork of historic homes.  It was a lot of fun. I often think perhaps one day many of our Hanson Carlen projects will be preserved by future generations.  

You can learn more about the at http://www.spokanepreservation.org.


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Darn Grout! http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/4/darn-grout Darn Grout!

I do not like to swear.  But one thing that takes me to the brink is trying to scrape out filthy, dirty grout.  

You may have nice tile work, but if your grout is moldy-who cares? Shower floors are the worst, it seems! 


We have a cure that we encourage: do not spare any extra expense at installation for epoxy grout. Not all epoxies are the same, for sure. We like to use Laticrete Spectra Loc grout for our nice tile work. https://laticrete.com This grout is superior to traditional grout for cleaning, yet does not need sealing. It will cost about 3 times more than traditional grout and is harder to install; however, this seems but a small price to pay for tile which will need less cleaning-not to mention it will cut down on feelings of frustration and the desire to curse!



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Color Stories http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/3/color-stories Color stories is a newer paint from Benjamin Moore that I have found interesting.  These colors are called “full spectrum” which means all that the colors are mixed with no black or grey tints.   The difference between this paint is how it is mixed. Normal paints use three pigments to get the color you would like.  These paints use five instead of seven color tints.    

What makes this cool is when applied onto the wall, you get different looks in the depth and overtones of the wall depending upon lighting conditions.   This is subtle way to add sophistication to our projects.

These “colors stories” are only available in the top of the line flagship product line called Aura.  Here's a link to Benjamin Moore Aura paints https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/interior-exterior-paints-stains/product-catalog/awip/aura-interior-paint

A big difference from Tom Sawyer’s whitewash on the fence. 

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Raised Pavers http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/3/raised-pavers      When I was a younger man, we built many decks out of Redwood.  In retrospect, I kind of feel guilt-ridden about using so much redwood knowing how rare and old these beautiful trees are, especially when the reality of it is that redwood does not make the finest decks anyway. 

    These days it seems like every vendor has several decking products.  We have several favorites and some we avoid like the plague.

    As an option to composite or wood, we have used concrete hydo-pressed slabs. Normally you find this type of product used as pavers under a sand bed. 



     If the correct structure is used, these concrete slabs can be installed above ground on a wood deck frame.  As you can imagine, concrete slabs are heavy and require extra structure.  Care also needs to be taken in the layout of the framing. Slabs are installed on a pedestal support that keeps the stones in line and correctly spaced.  


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Open soffits - do you like them? http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/2/open-soffits---do-you-like-them      In our area of the country, most eaves are enclosed soffits.

WAIT! What is a soffit, you say?

A soffit is defined as:   

“The underside of an architectural structure such as an arch, a balcony, or overhanging eaves

     So why do we have enclosed soffits? One possible reason is economy. In order for an open eave to look attractive, the roof sheeting needs to be something other than sheet goods, such as plywood or OSB. Also, rafters that are just plain 2x4s are not very elegant or pleasing to the eye.

     The second reason for enclosed soffits is venting of the attic. Homes that my grandfather built did not have much venting or insulation. Today’s homes need to breathe… attics need good ventilation and good ventilation starts at the eaves of a home. But how do you get air space into the eave and not bugs? Usually some kind of screen or mesh is used, which typically when used on an open eave is unsightly. 

Once in a while we construct some open eaves like yester-year. Here are a couple of eave projects we have done recently: 


New porch for a historic homeNew porch for a historic home

Old world craftsmanship to match the existing homeOld world craftsmanship to match the existing home

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Where to put the microwave? http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/1/where-to-put-the-microwave Let’s face it; microwaves are ugly!  Just where do you put an ugly, beastly microwave in a beautiful new kitchen?  I distinctly remember when my mother brought her first microwave home - it was an Amana Radar Range and the size of large dog carrier. In those days when you bought a microwave, you typically purchased a cart with wheels and proudly showed the unit off.   


These days a more sophisticated approach is taken to a microwave.  We have put them just about everywhere.  For several clients, we have installed a traditional unit in the island.  While this does a nice job of concealing the unit, the disadvantage is all of the bending a person has to do to see the controls and to remove the hot food. I hesitate building a custom cabinet specifically the size of the unit; it seems the longevity of a microwave is quite short - only three to six years.     

  Showalter kitchen 4Showalter kitchen 4

A drawer unit is a nice option. It will hide the unit and make controls and food handling easier. 

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Azek Decking http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2017/1/azek-decking Many of the historic homes from the early 1900s were constructed with covered outdoor porches. The surface of the porch oftentimes was 1x3 Douglass fir tongue and groove boards.  I am amazed at how well many of these porches have lasted.   

There are several reasons for this in my thinking:

1.  Old growth lumber.  Fir trees from 100-years ago are not like today’s trees, at all! 

2.  Installation:  Carpenters installed the flooring at a right angle to the house with a slight slope. This allowed any water which may blow onto the porch to drain off naturally using the grove as a gutter, of sort.

3.  Lead-based paint.  Lead-based paint, for all of its disadvantages, has one upside. It sticks to wood like no tomorrow. Yesteryear’s paint stores bragged about how much lead their exterior paint contained! 


Recently, we have used a product on two different jobs that I am quite impressed with called Azek Porch.  This product truly gives a special look to that of standard decking.  Azek is made from PVC and contains no wood fibers.  Azek will not mold and is very resistant to staining.

There is much to like about this product.  The unfavorable is economics, as the material is very expensive and installation is about double the standard labor of traditional 6” decking.  However, it may well be worth the expense!



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How to patch a drywall hole. http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2016/12/how-to-patch-a-drywall-hole

Patching techniques vary depending upon the size of the hole. For a golf ball sized hole, the “Pumpkin Patch” works quite well.  

    With a key holesaw, cut away the damaged area in any shape you desire, but angle the blade like the top of a pumpkin cutout. Next, cut a scrap of sheetrock as closely as possible to the same shape and size of your damaged cut-away spot. With a razor knife, bevel the edges to match the angle of the hole. You can fine-tune the fit by holding the piece over the hole and running the holesaw along the two edges together until it fits flush. Then, using 15 or 20 minute mud, butter the edges of the new piece and around the edge of the hole in the wall. Push the piece into place and smooth over with a drywall knife. Use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process. When set, skim another layer of regular mud or 15-minute mud (depending upon the time you have to allow it to set) on the spot you are trying to patch. Dry, sand and then you are done.  If texture is needed, a spray can works well.  Practice on some paper first. 

For larger holes we often will use a “screw backer board” like the photo above.   Simply cut rectangle larger than the hole and install. Then follow the "Pumpkin Patch" steps described above.

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Plan first - then build! http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2016/11/plan-first---then-build     This week I was in a beautiful old building that is on the historic register of Spokane.  The owner had decided a fireplace would be nice in the lobby.   A few weeks later I noticed a zero clearance unit being installed – not terribly realistic for a 100-year-old building but I am guessing, with budget a concern, some things can be overlooked.    After a few more weeks, a raised hearth was built and tile put around the unit.  As you look at the unit, your first reaction is ugg – (and not Tom Brady’s shoes) clearly something is wrong here.  

Besides just being ugly, the proportions are all wrong here.  The hearth is at 18” off the floor when 10”-12” would look much better. 

The hearth is to long.  The tile overwhelms the unit. There is a 4-inch gap between the hearth and wall on the right.  Planning is essential folks - even if you are on a budget.  A drawing to scale would have solved many of these issues.  

Plan first - then build - or be ready to start over and spend twice as much.   

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How to choose a paint color. http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2016/11/how-to-choose-a-paint-color

How do you choose the right paint color for your room?  First, you will need to look at the size of the room and how much direct and indirect light the room receives.  Light plays a critical role when you are choosing a paint color.   Direct light can dramatically change how the paint looks at different times of the day.   People should try to recognize that a color will ‘look different’ in the morning verses evening.  We see color not only by the light source illuminating the object but also by the amount of light the object absorbs. For example, black absorbs all light. 

Today, purchasing light bulbs is more complicated than when I was a child. The only choice was to choose an Edison 60 or 100 watt light.  Now the same bulbs can be bought in different lumens and color temperatures as well. 

Keep these things in mind when looking at “paint chips” in a store,  I find it helpful to hold a sample of pure white next to the potential choice when looking at paint samples.

Here are some good tips I found helpful:

North-facing rooms: Light in these rooms is cool and bluish. Bolder colors show up better than muted colors; lighter colors will look subdued. The use of strong colors is good for these spaces. 

South-facing rooms: A lot of high-in-the-sky light brings out the best in cool and warm colors. Dark colors will look brighter; lighter colors will virtually glow.

East-facing rooms: East light is warm and yellowy before noon, and then turns bluer later in the day. These are great rooms for reds, oranges and yellows.

West-facing rooms: Evening light in these rooms is beautiful and warm, while scant morning light can produce shadows and make colors look dull.

A final tip is when painting a ceiling any color other than white consider using a shade or two lighter than wall color.   Let me know if I can be of any assistance -  I love colors!  ~Janette

office@hansoncarlen.com (Hanson Carlen Architects Spokane) Choosing a Paint Color Custom residential architecture & construction Spokane http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2016/11/how-to-choose-a-paint-color Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:45:00 GMT
Today's Murphy Bed http://www.hansoncarlen.com/blog/2016/10/todays-murphy-bed I like the name, “Murphy Bed”! Nowadays they call this, “Wall Bed” but I still stick with the old name.

     The bed was invented in the early 1900’s by a guy named, of course, “Murphy”.  According to legend, he was wooing an opera singer. He lived in a one-room apartment in San Francisco, but in the early 1900’s the moral code of the time forbade a woman to enter a man's room where a bed was part of the furniture. Murphy's invention converted his bedroom into a parlor, enabling him to entertain.  For me, somehow I remember when reading to our kids - the first Curious George book when the cute little monkey escaped from a prison guard by a Murphy bed somehow going awry.  

     Today, these ‘Murphy Beds’ appear to be disappearing! Murphy beds still accomplish much of what they did 115 years ago, giving a room more of a ‘double purpose’. However, they do it with sophistication, style, and even glitz.  

     Our clients wanted a comfortable place for their grown kids when they come home and stayed for a few days. A place of their own with plenty of space and even a spot to put a few things away.  All of this while not looking like a bedroom the rest of the year.   We designed a complete wall with dual wardrobes and yes, a Murphy bed. 


     Murphy beds these days are not like an old summer camp mattress, but a comfortable, full-fledge regular mattress - one we picked up at Costco.   Cool built-in night stands were incorporated into the assembly with a power station for a clock or phone charger.  Very smart indeed!


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