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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.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    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.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  Joe Day and Nina Hachigian relax on their terrace overlooking the hills in Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    Joe Day and Nina Hachigian relax on their terrace overlooking the hills in Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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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.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    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.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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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.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    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.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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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.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    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.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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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.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    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.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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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.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    The family that works together stays together: Hachigian and Day at his-and-hers workstations in the shared lower-level study.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  The lower-level guest room, which makes inventive use of a hospital curtain.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    The lower-level guest room, which makes inventive use of a hospital curtain.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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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.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    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.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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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.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    Sosi gets into trouble beneath a colorful grid painted by her dad as a riff on the German painter Gerhard Richter.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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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.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    Day, Hachigian, and Sosi congregate on the back terrace at a dining table designed by Day and his brother-in-law, Garo Hachigian.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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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.  Photo by: Gregg Segal
    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.

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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