On the Level

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January 16, 2009
Originally published in Suburbs With Attitude
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  During the renovation, the architect removed a cosmetic dormer, a mullioned picture window, and other superfluous openings, opting instead for a cleaner facade.
    During the renovation, the architect removed a cosmetic dormer, a mullioned picture window, and other superfluous openings, opting instead for a cleaner facade.
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  A 14-foot-wide opening at the rear of the house contributes, along with the concrete flooring, to an almost seamless transition from indoors to the patio. A spate of mid-century furnishings includes chairs by Hans Wegner and Poul Kjærholm and an Achille Castiglioni Arco lamp.
    A 14-foot-wide opening at the rear of the house contributes, along with the concrete flooring, to an almost seamless transition from indoors to the patio. A spate of mid-century furnishings includes chairs by Hans Wegner and Poul Kjærholm and an Achille Castiglioni Arco lamp.
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  Daylight, admitted by way of clerestory windows, brightens the dark zones between the kitchen and the den.
    Daylight, admitted by way of clerestory windows, brightens the dark zones between the kitchen and the den.
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  Oversize doors in the front entry create the sense of continuous wall when closed.
    Oversize doors in the front entry create the sense of continuous wall when closed.
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  Griffith lounges on a Zanotta sofa in the sparely furnished living room.
    Griffith lounges on a Zanotta sofa in the sparely furnished living room.
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  Griffith and LeBlanc cozy up on the Flexform sectional in the den, where one of the home’s two original wood-burning fireplaces has received a new concrete hearth and mantel. The room, which is located a half flight of stairs down from the main living area, feels unusually light and airy because of new, wider sliding doors and and a fresh coat of bright white paint.
    Griffith and LeBlanc cozy up on the Flexform sectional in the den, where one of the home’s two original wood-burning fireplaces has received a new concrete hearth and mantel. The room, which is located a half flight of stairs down from the main living area, feels unusually light and airy because of new, wider sliding doors and and a fresh coat of bright white paint.
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  Maple flooring was used on the second level.
    Maple flooring was used on the second level.
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  LeBlanc sits at the western maple dining room table, designed by the architect.
    LeBlanc sits at the western maple dining room table, designed by the architect.
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  A stainless-steel towel bar runs the length of two walls in the master bathroom.
    A stainless-steel towel bar runs the length of two walls in the master bathroom.
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  A half flight of stairs connects the main living area and the den.
    A half flight of stairs connects the main living area and the den.
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  The guest room is furnished with pieces by neighbor and designer Niels Bendtsen.
    The guest room is furnished with pieces by neighbor and designer Niels Bendtsen.
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  A maple bookcase defines the point between the living room and foyer.
    A maple bookcase defines the point between the living room and foyer.
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  After trying dozens of colors, LeBlanc says, they settled on basic black for the exterior as 
a way to best marry the building with its forest surroundings, which include 30-foot-high western red cedar trees. The pool is original; but the deck, once made of concrete, has been reclad in granite to match the old retaining wall.
    After trying dozens of colors, LeBlanc says, they settled on basic black for the exterior as a way to best marry the building with its forest surroundings, which include 30-foot-high western red cedar trees. The pool is original; but the deck, once made of concrete, has been reclad in granite to match the old retaining wall.
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