The Siple Life

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April 27, 2009
Originally published in Time for a Change?
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  The process of building his home was a creative project for Murray Siple, from the art on the walls to the placement of windows to frame views. “Architecture is filmic,” he explains. “Just like in film, you show people what you’re trying to express.”
    The process of building his home was a creative project for Murray Siple, from the art on the walls to the placement of windows to frame views. “Architecture is filmic,” he explains. “Just like in film, you show people what you’re trying to express.”
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  The original structure; the new house shares the same footprint but now includes a studio and a garage extension.
    The original structure; the new house shares the same footprint but now includes a studio and a garage extension.
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  The renovated exterior.
    The renovated exterior.
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  The rear patio features a smooth concrete deck.
    The rear patio features a smooth concrete deck.
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  Meal prep is simplified for Siple. All the cabinets are easy to open, there’s space under the cooktop for his wheelchair, and a faucet over the range removes the need to haul pots to the sink for filling.
    Meal prep is simplified for Siple. All the cabinets are easy to open, there’s space under the cooktop for his wheelchair, and a faucet over the range removes the need to haul pots to the sink for filling.
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  All the windows were designed to frame the mountains and trees without compromising privacy. Sunlight streams in through the window over the bedroom closet.
    All the windows were designed to frame the mountains and trees without compromising privacy. Sunlight streams in through the window over the bedroom closet.
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  From an extra-wide sliding glass door to a customized Bensen couch in the living room, everything in the house was designed for Siple’s utmost convenience.
    From an extra-wide sliding glass door to a customized Bensen couch in the living room, everything in the house was designed for Siple’s utmost convenience.
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  In the master bath, a different kind of view is afforded by a wall-mounted TV that can be seen from almost everywhere in the room—ensuring that Siple doesn’t have to miss even a minute of his beloved hockey games.
    In the master bath, a different kind of view is afforded by a wall-mounted TV that can be seen from almost everywhere in the room—ensuring that Siple doesn’t have to miss even a minute of his beloved hockey games.
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  Animals often cavort outside a studio window.
    Animals often cavort outside a studio window.
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