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LED cove ceiling lights lead the eye to the living room from the hall. The sectional's open arrangement extends the expansive, loft-like feel.
Built-in seating and concealed underbench storage make for a sleek mudroom.
BEFORE: "Previously you'd walk into a room that basically had a box around it; you'd walk into the dining room or the living room and close a door behind you," says Miller.
AFTER: The architect created a loft-like feel by opening up the rooms to one another while still framing out different activity areas. Dropped or cove ceilings signal transitions from one space to the next.
"We had some extra space that we could have added to the dining area, but we decided that the space would best serve the family as a functional addition. So we made it into a concrete-box home office, which also transitions into a media room," says Miller.
Dining chairs: Cassina; dining table: Matthew Hilton
Installing the unit's centralized air conditioning — making it the building's first and only centralized unit — posed a challenge for Miller. He says, "The condo board scrutinized us for the central AC installation. We hired an acoustical engineer to analyze the noise impact and a structural engineer to analyze the vibration."
Also, coordinating the AC installation without actually seeing the condenser units (hidden in one of the kids' rooms) proved challenging. "But we're really happy with the end result. The AC is quiet, and the hidden linear diffusers out of where air spills out aren't the least bit intrusive," says Miller.
Here, a horizontal ceiling slit in the home office gives the only visual cue of the diffuser.
BEFORE: The old kitchen captured a moment in mid-'80s design.
AFTER: Like he did with the living room, Miller moved the kitchen next to the southern window wall, where it gets plenty of light — so much so that motorized solar shades sometimes sheath the windows. Walnut-veneered cabinetry lends the bright and white kitchen a warm, cozy appeal. Informal gatherings and dinners frequently happen around the L-shaped bar table.
Kitchen chairs: Arper; fixtures, accessories, plumbing: AF Supply; kitchen counter: Ceasarstone; shades: Somfy Motorized Shades
A barely visible line to the left of the framed photo marks a door that conceals a stacked washer and dryer. The light wood door on the left leads to the guest bath; the pocket door on the right, usually open when guests aren't around, leads to the kids' bedrooms.
Underbed drawers give more space-saving storage options. Despite the robots, toys and framed prints, this tween boy's room can easily transition into a comfortable guest bedroom.
Blink and you might just miss the AC condensor units beneath the window, thanks to Miller's signature brushstroke of sleek, concealed and unobtrusive design.
Bed: Modu-licious, Blu Dot; ceiling fan: Minka Aire