New Perspective from a Wide-Angle House Lens: Chang Residence by Atelier II

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What do you get when you literally gut a dwelling to redo it? If your designer is Atelier II, you soon find yourself with a complete rebuild of a thoroughly modern character. As the designers say, “The only thing that was left after the demolition was the structure.” From that point, larger windows and a balcony were added, extending the interior spaces and opening up the views dramatically. Atelier II continues: “The continuous [flooring], walls, and new wooden carpentry, all in white, are common elements all through the house, giving light and serving as a common thread throughout the different spaces.” Indeed, one of the reasons this remodel works so well is that it is based on a very simple palette: white, black, gray, and pastels of sand-colored marble in the bath and pale blue in the bedroom.

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Now, this home’s overarching line is horizontal: a long rectangle in shape, its spacious open plan is emphasized by matching the marble patterns to sweep in wide arcs around the rooms. Note the “V” shapes the veins make at the corners of the dining room, a stylized “houndstooth” that gives at once a sense of motion and expansiveness. Also note that the natural light through those tall windows has horizontal bands in it — a nifty design element brought about by sunshine and skilled use of blinds. A low-slung white couch beneath those blinds faces a built-in plasma TV on a white wall; a touch of wood grain is the only other element besides white and charcoal in the dining area. With a wide-angle perspective on the new space, the overall effect of this renovation is clean, uncluttered, and eminently livable.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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