Timbered Lake Retreat
|Total Above-ground living area||1756|
|Lower level living area|
The dimensions shown are for the house only (indicating the smallest area needed to build). They do not include the garage, porches, or decks, unless they are an integral part of the design.
|67.333 W x 22 D|
|Number of stalls||1|
Traditionally, the overall height of a house is determined by measuring from the top of the finished floor on the main level, to the highest peak of the roof.
Raising or lowering the height of the ceilings on one or more floors of a house is often a simple change that can be made by your builder. However, if you want to raise the ceiling of the main floor of a two-story home, there has to be room to add steps to the existing staircase.
We consider a room to be vaulted if the ceiling - whether flat, angled, or curved - is above 10 feet at its highest point. If you prefer that one or more rooms not be vaulted in your new home, this is a very simple change that your builder can make for you.
KEY TO SYMBOLS:
LR = Living Room/Great Room
DR = Dining Room
FAM = Family Room
FOY = Foyer
STU = Study/Library/Den
KIT = Kitchen
SUN = Sunroom
MBR = Master Bedroom
MB = Master Bath
LOF = Loft
OFF = Office/Guest Room
REC = Recreation/Game Room
ALL = Entire Level
The front of this house is fairly simple, as everything is focused on the lake at the rear. As you enter the house from the covered front porch, your view is to and through the main living areas, as the far walls of each space are composed mainly of windows. A hallway spanning most of the front of the house leads to the stairs to the lower level garage (should you choose to build it) if you turn left, and to the bedroom and bath if you turn right.
The living room is slightly sunken, creating a 9' ceiling in this space that contrasts with the 8' ceilings throughout the rest of the main level. A large stone fireplace is flanked by stairs that wrap around it to reach the couple's retreat on the upper level. The walls facing the lake and the side are composed primarily of windows, filling the room with light as well as providing great views.
The dining room is open to both the living room and kitchen, which flank it on either side. The kitchen features a large peninsula counter with knee room on the outer side for casual dining, corner sinks beneath a large window, and a glazed door that opens to a large patio at the rear of the house. The bedroom on this level has windows on two walls, and a door that opens to the outside.
The couple's room feels a bit like a tree house. The bedroom has two closets, a small library space, and a steeply–pitched ceiling that vaults to 16' in the center, while the bath has room for both a tub and a shower as well as two vanities.
Front Elevation For Timbered Lake Retreat
Rear Elevation For Timbered Lake Retreat
Side 1 Elevation For Timbered Lake Retreat
Side 2 Elevation For Timbered Lake Retreat
This small lakeside retreat has many interesting features, including a stairway that wraps around a large stone fireplace leading to a charming couple's loft that has a steeply vaulted ceiling, great views of the lake, and a small reading area. The second bedroom is on another level, at the other end of the house. A perfect little get–away!