Kid Tested, Mothers Approved

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March 17, 2010
Originally published in Prefab Today

A long house on Long Island, this prefab could get to its site peaceably only by traveling in pieces. Designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture as a holiday retreat for a family of six, this slatty slab is up to the task of sheltering its owners and all their guests.

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  Tanya Wexler and Amy Zimmerman linger in the breezeway designed to draw eyes, and footsteps, from the driveway through the house to the gently sloping backyard and swimming pool beyond.

    Tanya Wexler and Amy Zimmerman linger in the breezeway designed to draw eyes, and footsteps, from the driveway through the house to the gently sloping backyard and swimming pool beyond.

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  The house was deliberately sited to preserve the two-acre property’s existing trees, three of which can be seen protruding through the surface of a rear deck.

    The house was deliberately sited to preserve the two-acre property’s existing trees, three of which can be seen protruding through the surface of a rear deck.

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  Honed granite was selected for the kitchen surfaces because its matte-like finish is easy to maintain and hard to damage. Eight-foot sliding glass doors bathe the kitchen and adjoining living room in ample sunlight.

    Honed granite was selected for the kitchen surfaces because its matte-like finish is easy to maintain and hard to damage. Eight-foot sliding glass doors bathe the kitchen and adjoining living room in ample sunlight.

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  The living room is furnished with Modernica’s Split Rail loveseat and sofa and a walnut Eames stool from Herman Miller. The dining area features Vico Magistretti’s Maui chairs and an Antonio Citterio Glossy table, both from plastics expert Kartell.

    The living room is furnished with Modernica’s Split Rail loveseat and sofa and a walnut Eames stool from Herman Miller. The dining area features Vico Magistretti’s Maui chairs and an Antonio Citterio Glossy table, both from plastics expert Kartell.

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  Architect Joseph Tanney says the house was designed as a safe haven for Wexler and Zimmerman’s children.

    Architect Joseph Tanney says the house was designed as a safe haven for Wexler and Zimmerman’s children.

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  “A big, long bar cuts off the front, where the cars are, so the kids can just run free in the back,” he says.

    “A big, long bar cuts off the front, where the cars are, so the kids can just run free in the back,” he says.

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  The four children divide themselves among three Blu Dot–furnished bedrooms and two bathrooms located off the second-floor hallway.

    The four children divide themselves among three Blu Dot–furnished bedrooms and two bathrooms located off the second-floor hallway.

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  The narrow hallway separates an office and television room at one end of the house from Wexler and Zimmerman’s master suite, which sports an Emma Gardner rug and matching Saarinen Womb chair, made for Knoll, perfect for lounging.

    The narrow hallway separates an office and television room at one end of the house from Wexler and Zimmerman’s master suite, which sports an Emma Gardner rug and matching Saarinen Womb chair, made for Knoll, perfect for lounging.

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