Four Houses and a Future

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January 16, 2009
Originally published in Home at Last
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  The wooden stairwell in the center of X-Small provides a pivot point from which the rest of the house rotates. The floor is Carrara marble bought from Olympia Marble and Home Depot.
    The wooden stairwell in the center of X-Small provides a pivot point from which the rest of the house rotates. The floor is Carrara marble bought from Olympia Marble and Home Depot.
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  Medium’s master bedroom is outfitted with a claw-foot tub.
    Medium’s master bedroom is outfitted with a claw-foot tub.
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  The overgrown boardwalk leading up to Medium’s entrance feels more Martha’s Vineyard than North Cambridge.
    The overgrown boardwalk leading up to Medium’s entrance feels more Martha’s Vineyard than North Cambridge.
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  A view of Small from the front which connects to Medium by way of a translucent Polygal corridor.
    A view of Small from the front which connects to Medium by way of a translucent Polygal corridor.
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  Schenk discovered native flagstone in the basement of Large when they tore away the old wood wall lining, and fell in love with its rough and cool exterior.
    Schenk discovered native flagstone in the basement of Large when they tore away the old wood wall lining, and fell in love with its rough and cool exterior.
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  A resident sits in a corner of X-Small, which looks out at nothing but nature—even though the neighboring house is only several feet away. Triangular skylights made from 3/4"-thick tempered glass appear on the corner of each floor of X-Small; they were custom-made at Hub Glass Services in Somerville, Massachusetts.
    A resident sits in a corner of X-Small, which looks out at nothing but nature—even though the neighboring house is only several feet away. Triangular skylights made from 3/4"-thick tempered glass appear on the corner of each floor of X-Small; they were custom-made at Hub Glass Services in Somerville, Massachusetts.
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  The bathroom features a rain showerhead available at Home Depot Expo.  p. 194
    The bathroom features a rain showerhead available at Home Depot Expo. p. 194
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  Schenk, Kim, and Kaewlai chat outside of X-Small, standing on the reclaimed wood used to build the boardwalks that connect all four properties. The translucent corridor connecting Small and Medium illuminates the common space throughout the evening.
    Schenk, Kim, and Kaewlai chat outside of X-Small, standing on the reclaimed wood used to build the boardwalks that connect all four properties. The translucent corridor connecting Small and Medium illuminates the common space throughout the evening.
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  Schenk, Kim, and Peeradorn Kaewlai (their friend and tenant) outside X-Small, the final piece of Schenk and Kim’s design puzzle, and hopefully their new home. Windows are strategically placed to maximize light and privacy.
    Schenk, Kim, and Peeradorn Kaewlai (their friend and tenant) outside X-Small, the final piece of Schenk and Kim’s design puzzle, and hopefully their new home. Windows are strategically placed to maximize light and privacy.
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  A translucent Polygal corridor separates Small and Medium.
    A translucent Polygal corridor separates Small and Medium.
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  Schenk and Kaewlai on the second floor of Large, where Schenk eliminated the attic and several walls to create a more fluid and open space.
    Schenk and Kaewlai on the second floor of Large, where Schenk eliminated the attic and several walls to create a more fluid and open space.
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