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Susanna Farkas wanted a space where she was, ‘able to have the whole family round, to entertain.’

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A touch of whimsy in a relaxed space meant for an extended family’s meals. Light and airy, the dining area with a table to seat up to 12 is easily accommodated next to the open stairs, which allow light and views right through the first floor.

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Susanna Farkas in her new minimalist kitchen. The pocket-sized room outfitted by Bulthaup is a study in engineered design efficiency: the clean lines and concealed drawer and door hardware disguise a wealth of storage.

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A light-filled open space leaves plenty of room for impromptu play dates.

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The upstairs is laid out in a series of spaces, including an office area at the front of the building. The middle section is a library and TV space, lined with shelving and storage designed by the architect to include a nook for a vintage sofa and a space for Ms. Farkas’s piano. To the rear is the master bedroom suite.

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‘It’s all so clever and so modern, and yet, it suits my antique tastes so well,’ says Ms. Farkas, beaming as she points out a vintage clock, family photographs, even three deer antler mounts, which contrast but complement the 21 st Century feel of the architecture.

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Contrasting materials and patterning break up the mass of the house, lessening its impact upon the street.

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Externally, Ms. Lenke Knezic has combined vertically striated metal siding with horizontal courses of a sustainable hardwood called Ipe. The metal is used for its cost effectiveness; the wood to add a quality feel in areas such as the veranda “where people are up close, where they can touch and feel it.”

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