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Complete Modern Renovation of Midcentury Home in Washington

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Plagued by remodeling pitfalls, two tenacious homeowners reinvent a soggy midcentury home outside Seattle as a modern masterpiece.
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  Sally Julien and Peter Loforte sit on the porch of the Aqua Lair, their restored 1960s house on Lake Sammamish, near Seattle. The Bertoia chairs and clay lion are from Pacific Galleries.  Photo by: Kyle Johnson
    Sally Julien and Peter Loforte sit on the porch of the Aqua Lair, their restored 1960s house on Lake Sammamish, near Seattle. The Bertoia chairs and clay lion are from Pacific Galleries.

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

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  A George Nelson Cigar lamp and Malm fireplace were salvaged from the original living room.  Photo by: Kyle Johnson
    A George Nelson Cigar lamp and Malm fireplace were salvaged from the original living room.

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

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  The fireplace was powder-coated orange to complement the vintage furnishings. The sofa is from Design Within Reach; the coffee table is by Alexander Girard for Knoll. A pair of undated paintings by Arthur L. Kaye hang on a wall painted in a Benjamin Moore hue custom matched to the outside of the window frames. The triangular nesting tables are a vintage find. “They’re always billed as ‘guitar pick tables,’” resident Sally Julien says.  Photo by: Kyle Johnson
    The fireplace was powder-coated orange to complement the vintage furnishings. The sofa is from Design Within Reach; the coffee table is by Alexander Girard for Knoll. A pair of undated paintings by Arthur L. Kaye hang on a wall painted in a Benjamin Moore hue custom matched to the outside of the window frames. The triangular nesting tables are a vintage find. “They’re always billed as ‘guitar pick tables,’” resident Sally Julien says.

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

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  A wall used to separate the dining room from the kitchen.  Photo by: Kyle Johnson
    A wall used to separate the dining room from the kitchen.

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

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  Central to the living room is a pair of George Mulhauser for Plycraft chairs. The adjacent dining room sports a Galaxy chandelier from Rejuvenation, a custom table, and Gideon Kramer Ion chairs.  Photo by: Kyle Johnson
    Central to the living room is a pair of George Mulhauser for Plycraft chairs. The adjacent dining room sports a Galaxy chandelier from Rejuvenation, a custom table, and Gideon Kramer Ion chairs.

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

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  Working with architect Grace Kim of Schemata Workshop, the couple retained original features like the shoji screens separating the master bedroom from the living room below.  Photo by: Kyle Johnson
    Working with architect Grace Kim of Schemata Workshop, the couple retained original features like the shoji screens separating the master bedroom from the living room below.

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

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  Julien, who runs a design and staging firm, added a chaise longue that she found on eBay.  Photo by: Kyle Johnson
    Julien, who runs a design and staging firm, added a chaise longue that she found on eBay.

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

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  The original midcentury kitchen was dark and disconnected.  Photo by: Kyle Johnson
    The original midcentury kitchen was dark and disconnected.

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

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  The new kitchen includes walnut cabinetry, a Bertazzoni range, a Futuro Futuro range hood, a Nespresso coffee system and convection oven from Miele, and a Jenn-Air refrigerator. The faucet is by Grohe; the sink is from Ticor. “The kitchen is in the same spot as it was,” Julien says. “We kept the plumbing fixture locations, but enlarged it.”  Photo by: Kyle Johnson
    The new kitchen includes walnut cabinetry, a Bertazzoni range, a Futuro Futuro range hood, a Nespresso coffee system and convection oven from Miele, and a Jenn-Air refrigerator. The faucet is by Grohe; the sink is from Ticor. “The kitchen is in the same spot as it was,” Julien says. “We kept the plumbing fixture locations, but enlarged it.”

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

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  The entrance opens to the living area, in which an I-beam stands where the kitchen enclosure was. “It was really tight, so we wanted to push back the wall that was in front of the door,” Julien says. The couple traded the old carpet for terrazzo flooring. Julien found the test bomb at an antiques mall.  Photo by: Kyle Johnson
    The entrance opens to the living area, in which an I-beam stands where the kitchen enclosure was. “It was really tight, so we wanted to push back the wall that was in front of the door,” Julien says. The couple traded the old carpet for terrazzo flooring. Julien found the test bomb at an antiques mall.

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

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  The original exterior had Astroturf-covered stairs.  Photo by: Kyle Johnson
    The original exterior had Astroturf-covered stairs.

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

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  The owners added pavers and a rock garden to the exterior.  Photo by: Kyle Johnson
    The owners added pavers and a rock garden to the exterior.

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

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  “The transparency of the house is really quite wonderful,” says Grace Kim of the residence, now open to the lake view.  Photo by: Kyle Johnson
    “The transparency of the house is really quite wonderful,” says Grace Kim of the residence, now open to the lake view.

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

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  The Aqua Lair Floor Plan: 
A	Garage
B	Dining Room
C	Living Room
D	Kitchen
E	Family Room
F	Storage
G	Woman Cave
H	Master Bedroom
I	Double-Height Open Space
J	Dressing Room
K	Master Bathroom
L	Laundry Room
M	Bathroom
N	Bedroom
O	Man Cave
P	Exercise Room  Photo by: Kyle Johnson
    The Aqua Lair Floor Plan: A Garage B Dining Room C Living Room D Kitchen E Family Room F Storage G Woman Cave H Master Bedroom I Double-Height Open Space J Dressing Room K Master Bathroom L Laundry Room M Bathroom N Bedroom O Man Cave P Exercise Room

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

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