The roof eaves start at 5 ft. high on the north, which originally was intended to avoid a window on the second floor, yet resulted in a sense of intimacy in the room. Hotchkiss also raised the roof on the south side to bring in more natural light and open up the room to the adjacent patio. The 12-ft.-high ceiling in the den is scaled by a 9-ft.-high cross member.
Although Hotchkiss worked on the entire house, he notes the den addition is his favorite part of the project. “The interesting thing about that room is it has this weird juxtaposition of coziness with loftiness,” he reflects. “You get the feeling of being powerful and a master of your domain, yet protected, which is a great feeling to have in your own special room.”