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The cube addition, visible to the right of the house (click photo to see full view), combines the old and new structures into one. "Sometimes the house tells the story itself, and you have to follow it, and that's when the magic happens," Susan says.
The living room showcases Susan's personal design philosophy. "Anchor a room with a block wall. Mix organic, natural materials with slick modern pieces. Own less but buy quality," she says.
Four white swivel chairs on a cowhide and a faux white deer head above the fireplace punctuate the black walls. Susan's dad, a retired sheet metal worker, built a pan to hold pebbles, which Susan used as a base for an ethanol firebox in the fireplace.
White swivel chairs: Zuo Mod
A white lacquered desk, an old gilt mirror painted white and a chrome chair form a minimal home office at one end of the living room. Paperwork is neatly stored in the white credenza on the opposite wall.
Desk: Chair Tech
The living room provides a sight line to the sleek, clean kitchen. Although the kitchen has only one small window, plenty of light from the new cube addition flows in.
White counter stools and living room wall cabinet: Nuevo
The biggest design challenge in matching the cube addition to the existing garage structure was leveling the floors, which took two different tradespeople. The square shape of the 14-foot pool mimics the cube.
Susan and Andre served as their own contractors, hiring local tradespeople and even tapping the talents of Susan's father, who installed the heating and cooling systems and the exterior cladding. Andre did all the painting.
The Olivers jazzed up the original wall tile in the bathroom with a modern mirror. A round sink installed in the original countertop, which was repainted, updates the midcentury look for now, but a total bath renovation is on the agenda.
A clean-lined square table and matching stool set takes Susan and Andre's love of contemporary design outside. They plan to complete a garden design in the near future.