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After searching in vain for an empty lot to build on, architect Brian White settled for a nondescript 1960s ranch that nobody else wanted—and proved that building from the ground up doesn’t always start on the ground.
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  When Brian White first saw the “little loser of a house” in its original condition, he wasn’t impressed. But after running out of other options, he decided to try for a complete transformation.  Photo by: John Clark
    When Brian White first saw the “little loser of a house” in its original condition, he wasn’t impressed. But after running out of other options, he decided to try for a complete transformation.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  The home’s entry as it is today is a planar collage of right angles and various materials. White reused as much of the original home as possible, such as the siding seen here, and added a second story.  Photo by: John Clark
    The home’s entry as it is today is a planar collage of right angles and various materials. White reused as much of the original home as possible, such as the siding seen here, and added a second story.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  Along one wall of the master bedroom White used Columbia Forest Product’s EcoColors panels (an FSC-certified particleboard) to create sliding closet doors.  Photo by: John Clark
    Along one wall of the master bedroom White used Columbia Forest Product’s EcoColors panels (an FSC-certified particleboard) to create sliding closet doors.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  The architect refers to the huge window opposite the bed as their “flat-screen television.”  Photo by: John Clark
    The architect refers to the huge window opposite the bed as their “flat-screen television.”

    Photo by: John Clark

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  White clad the new story with a black-stained cedar rain screen. The large opaque window lights the stairwell and second floor.  Photo by: John Clark
    White clad the new story with a black-stained cedar rain screen. The large opaque window lights the stairwell and second floor.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  Although his designer friends give him a hard time about it, White decided to keep the original home’s stained glass by the entry.  Photo by: John Clark
    Although his designer friends give him a hard time about it, White decided to keep the original home’s stained glass by the entry.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  White was charmed by the original fireplace with a built-in planter—so much so that the new open floor plan is centered around it.  Photo by: John Clark
    White was charmed by the original fireplace with a built-in planter—so much so that the new open floor plan is centered around it.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  The White family enjoys views of pristine nature from the back decks of their home in 
the woods.  Photo by: John Clark
    The White family enjoys views of pristine nature from the back decks of their home in the woods.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  Brian and Markus are pictured here on the ground-floor deck. New stairs lead down to the basement level and garden.  Photo by: John Clark
    Brian and Markus are pictured here on the ground-floor deck. New stairs lead down to the basement level and garden.

    Photo by: John Clark

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