The Siple Life

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April 27, 2009

A devastating accident could have made Murray Siple a bitter man. Instead, he decided to renovate a house. The result is a masterful achievement of modern design that has allowed the filmmaker to reclaim his life.

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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.”  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    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.”

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  The original structure; the new house shares the same footprint but now includes a studio and a garage extension.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    The original structure; the new house shares the same footprint but now includes a studio and a garage extension.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  The renovated exterior.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    The renovated exterior.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  The rear patio features a smooth concrete deck.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    The rear patio features a smooth concrete deck.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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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.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    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.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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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.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    All the windows were designed to frame the mountains and trees without compromising privacy. Sunlight streams in through the window over the bedroom closet.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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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.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    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.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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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.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    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.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  Animals often cavort outside a studio window.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor
    Animals often cavort outside a studio window.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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