Z for Two

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July 30, 2010

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.
    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.
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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.”
    “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.”
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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.
    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.
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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.
    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.
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  The home is conducive to both work and play–— Waechter attends to business in his home office.
    The home is conducive to both work and play–— Waechter attends to business in his home office.
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  Ari plays in the art area of the dining room.
    Ari plays in the art area of the dining room.
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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.
    In the master bedroom, a red Womb chair and ottoman by Eero Saarinen are offset by furniture from Waechter’s grandparents.
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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.”
    “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.”
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  Zoë plays with a model in the office.
    Zoë plays with a model in the office.
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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.
    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.
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