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In Portland, Oregon, two adjoining six-story homes on a formerly run-down urban lot add to the neighborhood’s density and its green cred.

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  Instead of installing a typical cement slab driveway, Waechter and Crymes opted for concrete pavers mixed with patches of Corsican mint that let rainwater permeate into the ground.  Photo by: Shawn Records
    Instead of installing a typical cement slab driveway, Waechter and Crymes opted for concrete pavers mixed with patches of Corsican mint that let rainwater permeate into the ground.

    Photo by: Shawn Records

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  “We drag chairs out there in the summer, hang out, and watch the kids ride their bikes around,” says Crymes. “It’s like a front porch.”  Photo by: Shawn Records
    “We drag chairs out there in the summer, hang out, and watch the kids ride their bikes around,” says Crymes. “It’s like a front porch.”

    Photo by: Shawn Records

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  Daughter Zoë finds a cozy spot at the dining-room table, by Dux, seated on an Eames Molded Plastic chair and under a George Nelson Saucer lamp.  Photo by: Shawn Records
    Daughter Zoë finds a cozy spot at the dining-room table, by Dux, seated on an Eames Molded Plastic chair and under a George Nelson Saucer lamp.

    Photo by: Shawn Records

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  The kitchen maintains the white hue of the house, and the couple finished its custom cabinetry in a glossy thermofoil to emphasize its utility as part of the central core.  Photo by: Shawn Records
    The kitchen maintains the white hue of the house, and the couple finished its custom cabinetry in a glossy thermofoil to emphasize its utility as part of the central core.

    Photo by: Shawn Records

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  The home is conducive to both work and play–— Waechter attends to business in his home office.  Photo by: Shawn Records
    The home is conducive to both work and play–— Waechter attends to business in his home office.

    Photo by: Shawn Records

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  Ari plays in the art area of the dining room.  Photo by: Shawn Records
    Ari plays in the art area of the dining room.

    Photo by: Shawn Records

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  In the master bedroom, a red Womb chair and ottoman by Eero Saarinen are offset by furniture from Waechter’s grandparents.  Photo by: Shawn Records
    In the master bedroom, a red Womb chair and ottoman by Eero Saarinen are offset by furniture from Waechter’s grandparents.

    Photo by: Shawn Records

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  “To maintain the seamless connection from room to room, it was important that the flooring material was the same throughout the house,” Waechter says. “We took that continuity down to the smallest detail, eliminating the nosing so the treads look like a folded floor rather than a stair made up of treads and risers.”  Photo by: Shawn Records
    “To maintain the seamless connection from room to room, it was important that the flooring material was the same throughout the house,” Waechter says. “We took that continuity down to the smallest detail, eliminating the nosing so the treads look like a folded floor rather than a stair made up of treads and risers.”

    Photo by: Shawn Records

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  Zoë plays with a model in the office.  Photo by: Shawn Records
    Zoë plays with a model in the office.

    Photo by: Shawn Records

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  With white walls, rooms take on the characteristics of their inhabitants, such as in Zoë and Ari’s bedroom with its Ikea shelves of toys, books, and trinkets.  Photo by: Shawn Records
    With white walls, rooms take on the characteristics of their inhabitants, such as in Zoë and Ari’s bedroom with its Ikea shelves of toys, books, and trinkets.

    Photo by: Shawn Records

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