Upper Level Living
|Total Above-ground living area||3863|
|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.
|54.833 W x 48.667 D|
|Number of stalls||2|
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 entryway at ground level sits beneath a small balcony of the sitting room in the master suite. Upon entering the foyer, there is a room to the right that could serve several purposes. While described on the plans as the "study", it would make a great space for entertainment (with its built–in wet bar and refrigerator), a den (with a fireplace and a patio), or a guest room or in–law suite.
Straight ahead from the foyer is a curving stairwell to the upper level, and access to the other rooms on the lower level. There are two bedrooms here in addition to the "study", each with its own full bath. Bedroom 3 features a laundry room in the bathroom, and Bedroom 4 looks and walks out to a screened room. A two–car garage with side entry is located on this level, as is the mechanical room, and there is room for an optional elevator that the original homeowners planned to install in the future.
At the top of the stairs, there is a door to Bedroom 2's full bath straight ahead, with the kitchen on your right and the great room on your left. The great room features a cathedral ceiling, a centrally–located fireplace, and a long wall of windows and a pair of glazed doors that look out to the porch and the view beyond. It also has built–ins and a wet bar along the wall shared with the master bedroom, and built–in window seats with storage below flanking the fireplace. The kitchen is quite spacious, and full of light from two skylights in the ceiling. The large center island has built–in warming and freezing drawers, a microwave, and an ice–maker. Next to it is a light–filled breakfast area with double doors leading to the porch.
The master suite features a large bedroom with built–ins and shelving flanking the bed and views to the front and side, a sitting room with its own balcony and separate vanity that accesses a large walk–in closet, a private toilet, and the master bath. And the bathroom has a Jacuzzi tub, a separate shower, and a second walk–in closet. Another bedroom with a full bath is located on this level, which has its own private balcony. The ceilings on both levels are a dramatic 10'.
The exterior of this house looks mottled in the photographs because the surface had not dried completely yet.
Front Elevation For Upper Level Living
Rear Elevation For Upper Level Living
Side 1 Elevation For Upper Level Living
Side 2 Elevation For Upper Level Living
This home is unique in several ways: the floors are "upside-down" with the main living spaces located on the upper rather than the main level; there are two exterior chimneys on the right side of the house, for the two fireplaces that are located in the Study on the lower level and the Great Room on the upper level; and, the lower level features a large patio under trellises, a screened room and a patio off the Study, while the upper features a long porch along the windows of the Great Room wall at the rear of the home.