Way Out West

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June 15, 2009
Originally published in California Dreaming

Leaving the bustle of Washington, D.C., architect Joe Day and his wife return to California and discover that life in a single-family dwelling isn't as isolated as they had feared.

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  Architect Joe Day and his wife, Nina Hachigian, transformed a 1940s tract house in Silver Lake into a hard-edged but open home that engages the neighborhood and takes advantage of the views.
    Architect Joe Day and his wife, Nina Hachigian, transformed a 1940s tract house in Silver Lake into a hard-edged but open home that engages the neighborhood and takes advantage of the views.
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  Joe Day and Nina Hachigian relax on their terrace overlooking the hills in Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.
    Joe Day and Nina Hachigian relax on their terrace overlooking the hills in Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.
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  Hachigian and Day in the living room/screening room, which opens onto a terrace above a reconstructed garage. The living-room table with a resin-and-acrylic top was designed by Hachigian’s brother, Garo.
    Hachigian and Day in the living room/screening room, which opens onto a terrace above a reconstructed garage. The living-room table with a resin-and-acrylic top was designed by Hachigian’s brother, Garo.
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  Day skinned the house in ­corrugated-aluminum siding, a tough industrial palette he picked up while designing airports. The corrugated stainless steel canopy was fabricated by Day’s former SCI-Arc classmates.
    Day skinned the house in ­corrugated-aluminum siding, a tough industrial palette he picked up while designing airports. The corrugated stainless steel canopy was fabricated by Day’s former SCI-Arc classmates.
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  Hachigian and daughter Sosi in the renovated kitchen, which opens up to an outdoor dining terrace. The dining table was reconditioned from a language lab, its top wrapped in stainless steel. Dining chairs are by Kartell.
    Hachigian and daughter Sosi in the renovated kitchen, which opens up to an outdoor dining terrace. The dining table was reconditioned from a language lab, its top wrapped in stainless steel. Dining chairs are by Kartell.
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  Day designed the plywood-and-aluminum platform bed in the master bedroom, which also opens onto a shady private terrace. The painting is by An Te Liu.
    Day designed the plywood-and-aluminum platform bed in the master bedroom, which also opens onto a shady private terrace. The painting is by An Te Liu.
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  The family that works together stays together: Hachigian and Day at his-and-hers workstations in the shared lower-level study.
    The family that works together stays together: Hachigian and Day at his-and-hers workstations in the shared lower-level study.
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  The lower-level guest room, which makes inventive use of a hospital curtain.
    The lower-level guest room, which makes inventive use of a hospital curtain.
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  A roll-down shade encloses a guest bath on the lower level. The bath tile is two-by-two Daltile mosaic. The sink is from Kroin.
    A roll-down shade encloses a guest bath on the lower level. The bath tile is two-by-two Daltile mosaic. The sink is from Kroin.
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  Sosi gets into trouble beneath a colorful grid painted by her dad as a riff on the German painter Gerhard Richter.
    Sosi gets into trouble beneath a colorful grid painted by her dad as a riff on the German painter Gerhard Richter.
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  Day, Hachigian, and Sosi congregate on the back terrace at a dining table designed by Day and his brother-in-law, Garo Hachigian.
    Day, Hachigian, and Sosi congregate on the back terrace at a dining table designed by Day and his brother-in-law, Garo Hachigian.
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  Day takes a swim in a new lap pool framed by a lush Southern California garden. The lower wall next to the pool is made from stacked Pennsylvania bluestone, which was used for all exterior stone as well.
    Day takes a swim in a new lap pool framed by a lush Southern California garden. The lower wall next to the pool is made from stacked Pennsylvania bluestone, which was used for all exterior stone as well.
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