The light-filled interior of the home is structured in simple, elegant blocks.
COMFORT AND STYLE
The interior design plays very functional elements off more sophisticated ones. Where possible, reclaimed or recycled pieces were used to give the home a more grounded feeling. All the wall / cabinetry / trim colors are sampled from the surrounding forest, gentle tones of green, brown and tan.
The master suite and laundry / mudroom comprise the eastern most section of the house. This space is backed by an open porch with a shed roof that keeps the area cool in the summer months.
The master bedroom has warm reclaimed barn wood floors. The design places the bed so you wake up to incredible morning sunrises to the east and views to the south. The small square window in the peak of the east wall is repeated on the interior west wall with an identical window filled with mirror (this is also an attic entrance) bouncing light back into the room.
The bedroom includes two walk-in closets, naturally lite by exterior and interior top windows, that have built in shelving for clothes and shoes as well as hanging space. A built-in cabinet across from the bed provides TV / accessory space in a top cabinet and more drawers for clothing.
The master bath has two varieties of stone tile in warm gold and cream tones and radiant floor heat. The unique plumbing fixtures are from Watermark Designs. It has wonderful storage including a storage closet (this is where the tankless water heater for the main floor resides, behind the back panel) and separate sink areas. As in the rest of the home, the counters are custom concrete.
There is a linen closet right outside the master bedroom door.
The laundry (which also serves as a mudroom being located opposite a rear exit) accommodates full sized appliances, has ample shelving / cabinetry, wall drying racks / pegs and a sink with integrated drain board. It is naturally lite during the day by Solatubes.
The center section of house includes the Great Room (living room, dining room, kitchen and pantry), entry, guest bath and screen porch. The Great Room is truly the heart of the house with a pitched ceiling that gives the room incredible volume, a wall of windows open to sweeping southern views, warm reclaimed barn wood floors, a floor-to-ceiling gas fireplace and custom cabinetry with cement counter tops (by local business Designed Concrete Surfaces), brass and mahogany accents. The west wall of this room features a mirrored interior window matching the window in the peak of its east wall that reflects the morning sun back into the room.
The chef’s kitchen has a work efficient U shape with a mahogany topped central island that includes roll out storage, shelves for cookbooks and a large cutting surface near the sink. During the day, it is naturally lite by windows and a fixed skylight.
The concrete counter tops include a large, integrated farmhouse sink and drainboard. The kitchen faucet is from the Brut line in Rustic Copper by Sonoma Forge. The faucet finish is meant to age naturally. It’s bulky rustic design pairs wonderfully with the concrete farmhouse sink, whose base is sanded to the stones in the concrete giving the impression of washing in a creek.
The top cabinetry in the kitchen has open grill work doors in a hatched pattern that is echoed in the fruit / vegetable storage cabinets, basement stair railing and floor registers. This is repeated in lower cabinets that feature roll out drawers for fruit and vegetables.
The kitchen appliances are
- built-in SubZero refrigerator
- electric wall oven set (top microwave, bottom oven) by JennAir
- gas cook top by JennAir
- pop up ventilation by KitchenAid
- dishwasher by JennAir
- trash compactor by JennAir
Our contractor included space to add another blower to the ventilation in case we found that it was insufficient. We have not found that to be an issue but it’s nice to know the option exists.
The pantry provides substantial additional storage and counter top space. It is naturally lite during the day by a SolaTube.
A half wall separate the kitchen and dining rooms. The dining room has mahogany topped cabinetry on either side of the french doors for additional storage / counter space that works wonderfully for entertaining.
The living room space includes bookshelves flanking the fireplace coupled with additional bookshelves flanking the TV / entertainment center that is covered with sliding barn doors. Lower cabinets house the audio / visual components and access to the back (for ease of wiring) is obtained thru a wall cabinet hidden in the laundry.
The fireplace is dual-sided, gas inside the house and wood burning in the screen porch. The interior gas log controls include a remote. It’s design is artsy… a bit of fun, where it appears as though the outside stone finish has given way at the top to the underlying brick structure. The mantel is a log reclaimed from an old Pennsylvania barn. There are a number of theories about the holes in the front, one being that the log came from a tobacco barn and those holes were where the drying poles rested. The other half of this log was used for the mantel in the screen porch.
Stepping west from the Great Room is the main entry to the house, a guest bath and further west stairs to the second floor, basement and the garage entry. The tile in this area is a flamed limestone and if you look carefully, you will see small fossils embedded in the tiles. The rectangular shape of the tiles was repeated in the concrete of the entry and porches, making a continuous visual pattern.
The screen porch is a wonderful place to sit with a book when the temperatures permit or enjoy the spa in the winter. Propane is piped to the screen porch for a convenient BBQ spot, easily accessed from the Great Room or Entry Hall.
The garage is a roomy two and a half car finished space. There are built in cabinets on the south side with flanking windows and a professional dog washing station along with plenty of space for storage on the west side.
The second floor contains the two secondary bedrooms and a full bath. The full bath features a skylight that opens to allow breezes during the warmer months (and light all year around). Presently, one bedroom functions as our guest room and the second as an office / craft room. There is a door on the east side of the guest room that leads in to a large unfinished space that is phenomenal for storage. The mirrored window in the west wall of the Great Room can be opened from this space. We couldn’t help but think how this room might be finished as a playroom for grandchildren some day and how much they’d love peeking at the adults from that little hatch.
The office / craft room space is large and includes large custom wall custom cabinets for storage and a custom built in desk with computer / accessory storage and bookshelves. These cabinetry components are designed to be removed, they could be used elsewhere if this room was to be used as a bedroom.
The basement level includes the utility room, half bath, office / storage space and a music room. This is another area where a touch of art and fun was included in the home. The music room is set up like a club with a stage and the ceiling painted black. The walls have a chair rail made of license plates and there is a custom stained concrete finish with inset international coins scattered on the floor. The half bath boasts a sink with an amplifier base and a ‘Jamming John’ guitar lid on the toilet completes the music theme.