Leave it to Beavers

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January 25, 2009
Originally published in Always Modern
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  Instead of buying new furniture, Backus went in favor of re-use and outfitted the house almost entirely with eBay finds, with the exception of the Flos Arco floor lamp by Castiglioni and the Random light by Moooi. “I spent months online looking for the right pieces,” he says. “It was fun sourcing the furniture myself.”
    Instead of buying new furniture, Backus went in favor of re-use and outfitted the house almost entirely with eBay finds, with the exception of the Flos Arco floor lamp by Castiglioni and the Random light by Moooi. “I spent months online looking for the right pieces,” he says. “It was fun sourcing the furniture myself.”
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  The multitude of windows along with the glass partitions in the house bring in enough natural light that there’s rarely any need for electrical lighting before nightfall.
    The multitude of windows along with the glass partitions in the house bring in enough natural light that there’s rarely any need for electrical lighting before nightfall.
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  The Tom Vac chair is by Ron Arad for Vitra.
    The Tom Vac chair is by Ron Arad for Vitra.
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  The double-height living area features unfinished plywood cladding.
    The double-height living area features unfinished plywood cladding.
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  In the guest bathroom, penny tiles were chosen “because they’re incredibly economical, utilitarian, and we liked their kitschy feel,” explains Gaffney.
    In the guest bathroom, penny tiles were chosen “because they’re incredibly economical, utilitarian, and we liked their kitschy feel,” explains Gaffney.
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  Fir stair treads are cantilevered off the wall with a custom steel support to create an industrial look.
    Fir stair treads are cantilevered off the wall with a custom steel support to create an industrial look.
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  To avoid constant maintenance issues—after all, “durability is part of sustainability,” Gaffney states—the roof is clad in standing seam metal and the siding is composite plastic decking, rather than easily weathered wood.
    To avoid constant maintenance issues—after all, “durability is part of sustainability,” Gaffney states—the roof is clad in standing seam metal and the siding is composite plastic decking, rather than easily weathered wood.
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  Protruding SIP fins on the exterior collude with an overhang to minimize the sun's rays in summer, an important consideration when thinking about heating and cooling the tall, open living areas.
    Protruding SIP fins on the exterior collude with an overhang to minimize the sun's rays in summer, an important consideration when thinking about heating and cooling the tall, open living areas.
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