Contemporary Home With Great Rear View
|Total Above-ground living area
|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 W x 47.667 D
|3 - 4
|Number of stalls
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
Small square windows wrap all the way around the front door, which opens to a two–story foyer. As you enter the house, your immediate view is to and through the great room. After passing below a bridge connecting the upper level rooms, the ceiling in the great room rises from 18’6″ at the walls to a soaring 24′ at the ridgeline. This room features a centrally–located fireplace, and a far wall comprised almost entirely of floor to ceiling glass.
A wall with a large opening separates the great room from the kitchen and breakfast nook. The kitchen area is quite spacious, and includes a large center island, a walk–in pantry, and plenty of counter and cabinet space. A peninsula countertop separates it from a lovely glass–surrounded dining nook. A glazed door in the nook opens to the rear patio. A door next to the pantry opens to an optional elevator, a laundry/utility/mud room, and a 3–car garage. A pull down ladder in the garage provides access to a large attic space above it.
The kitchen is also open to the formal dining room. The ceiling in this room – like all the other non–vaulted ceilings on this level – is set at a lofty 10′, and a trio of windows in the corner provide natural light and views to the front.
The master suite occupies the remainder of the main level. The master bedroom ceiling vaults at the far end of the room, where three large rear–facing picture windows are topped by three transom windows. Three high windows over the bed face the side yard, while a glazed door opens to the rear patio. A short hallway passes a large walk–in closet before opening to the bath area. The bath features two separate vanities, a large soaking tub below a trio of windows, an extra–large shower, a private toilet room, and a pair of skylights for additional natural light.
The stairs to the upper level are lit by stacked square windows that match those around the front door. Each of the two bedrooms on this level has window seats beneath bay windows oriented towards the view, and a full bath. There’s also a study – with a gas fireplace, two walls of windows, and a closet – that could be used as another bedroom or guest room, and next to it is a large exercise room.
Front Elevation For On A Clear Day
Rear Elevation For On A Clear Day
Side 1 Elevation For On A Clear Day
Side 2 Elevation For On A Clear Day
What stands out most about this striking home is its plethora of windows. Clearly (yes, the pun is intended) a view house, with lower and upper glazing wrapping from corner to corner around the entire rear of the house, there are also quite a number of smaller windows used throughout the house. The result is a bold and truly unique design statement. All this glass, combined with simple, high quality materials and finishes and unique rooflines, created an elegant, one–of–a–kind home.