Pursuing Perfection

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April 27, 2009
Originally published in Time for a Change?
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  "We didn't realize the exterior was straight-grain redwood," says Craig Bassam of the house he shares with Scott Fellows. "It was covered in layers of gray paint." Bassam replaced the terrace's concrete pavers with bluestone and removed a concrete-block wall.
    "We didn't realize the exterior was straight-grain redwood," says Craig Bassam of the house he shares with Scott Fellows. "It was covered in layers of gray paint." Bassam replaced the terrace's concrete pavers with bluestone and removed a concrete-block wall.
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  Bassam (left, with Fellows) hung redwood garage doors that match the house’s exterior.
    Bassam (left, with Fellows) hung redwood garage doors that match the house’s exterior.
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  The second-floor bridge that leads to the front door flows from the outside in. “Tractor seat” stools designed by Bassam perch on a floor of pristine white terrazzo.
    The second-floor bridge that leads to the front door flows from the outside in. “Tractor seat” stools designed by Bassam perch on a floor of pristine white terrazzo.
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  A 13-foot-long island in the kitchen, finished in the same white terrazzo as the floor, serves as an informal dining area. Bassam replicated the kitchen’s walnut-veneered cabinetry in the study and master bedroom for continuity.
    A 13-foot-long island in the kitchen, finished in the same white terrazzo as the floor, serves as an informal dining area. Bassam replicated the kitchen’s walnut-veneered cabinetry in the study and master bedroom for continuity.
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  “The site drops away dramatically beneath the living room,” Bassam notes. “You really feel like you’re in this big floating box way above the landscape.”
    “The site drops away dramatically beneath the living room,” Bassam notes. “You really feel like you’re in this big floating box way above the landscape.”
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  The master suite was fashioned from the house’s original garage in a 1970s renovation.
    The master suite was fashioned from the house’s original garage in a 1970s renovation.
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