Orchard Jam

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May 13, 2009
Originally published in Think Smaller
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  Music is central to Andrew McKenzie’s living arrangements. With guitars hanging on his Gaboon plywood walls, he always has an instrument at hand.
    Music is central to Andrew McKenzie’s living arrangements. With guitars hanging on his Gaboon plywood walls, he always has an instrument at hand.
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  The kitchen is small but utilizes all available space—even allowing room for a hat or two.
    The kitchen is small but utilizes all available space—even allowing room for a hat or two.
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  The living area features glass doors to ensure it is bathed in light, warmth, and pastoral outlooks.
    The living area features glass doors to ensure it is bathed in light, warmth, and pastoral outlooks.
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  The living area gains further sun from a skylight in the high pyramid-shaped roof.
    The living area gains further sun from a skylight in the high pyramid-shaped roof.
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  New trees have been planted along the orchard grid to provide privacy.
    New trees have been planted along the orchard grid to provide privacy.
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  The corridor by the staircase leads to the kitchen and offers storage space.
    The corridor by the staircase leads to the kitchen and offers storage space.
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  McKenzie composes at his dining table, which, like many furnishings in the house, came from a secondhand store. The living area flows into an outside courtyard, whose slats parallel those inside, making it feel like an extension of the main house.
    McKenzie composes at his dining table, which, like many furnishings in the house, came from a secondhand store. The living area flows into an outside courtyard, whose slats parallel those inside, making it feel like an extension of the main house.
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  The study is narrow but illuminated by a window, louvered like others in the house to help regulate heat.
    The study is narrow but illuminated by a window, louvered like others in the house to help regulate heat.
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  The Gaboon-plywood walls flow through into the bathroom without a door to get in the way.
    The Gaboon-plywood walls flow through into the bathroom without a door to get in the way.
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  The mezzanine bedroom sits beneath the off-center apex of the pyramid roof, with a view over the orchard, one of McKenzie’s few stipulations for the home’s design.
    The mezzanine bedroom sits beneath the off-center apex of the pyramid roof, with a view over the orchard, one of McKenzie’s few stipulations for the home’s design.
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  McKenzie and neighbor James McNeill play in the living area.
    McKenzie and neighbor James McNeill play in the living area.
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