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Eight years ago, Donald Billinkoff, a New York City architect, bought a rural 1969 ranch house that had wonderful views but serious visual and spatial flaws. He made it over, replacing narrow windows with floor-to-ceiling glass, reconfiguring rooms, banishing fluorescent light fixtures and masking the cartoonish living room fireplace with concrete block and blackened steel. On one end, he added a 600 square-foot screened porch; on the other, later, a studio. The home is a mile and a half northeast of downtown New Milford, a Litchfield County town of 28,000 people just east of the New York State border.

Size: 3,035 square feet

Price per square foot: $478

Indoors: A front door inset into a wall of glass opens to a small, square foyer with a staircase descending to the lower level. Beyond the foyer is an L-shaped living-and-dining area with a peaked wood ceiling, plywood flooring and glass walls looking west. The reclad wood-burning fireplace occupies a corner of this space.

Turning right from the entrance or circling around the great room takes you to the open kitchen, which has white maple cabinets, Corian countertops, a Viking cooktop, double Miele dishwashers and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. A second refrigerator is in a walk-in pantry. The screened porch is off the dining room, its three transparent walls creating the effect of a treehouse.

To the left of the front door is a corridor along which several rooms are arranged. The first is a television room that is closed off with a sliding plywood door. Next comes a bedroom, an office with a wall of built-in bookshelves and storage and then the entrance to the master suite. The master bathroom has a stand-alone shower and a pair of wall-mounted sinks on opposite walls. There is also a bathroom with a tub at the end of the hall, and a powder room across from the television room. The studio addition is beyond the master.

A bedroom and full bathroom are on the lower level, along with a two-car garage.

Outdoor space: The large property has lawns, specimen trees, perennials and stone walls. A deck wraps around the living room and is accessible from there and the television room. The downstairs guest room opens directly to the backyard, near a fenced garden with raised beds. The property includes an organically shaped swimming pool and a renovated Airstream trailer that sleeps four and could be used as a pool house.

Taxes: $7,816

Contact: Ira Goldspiel or Steve Pener, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 917-626-3481; williampitt.com

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