This unbuilt vacation home was designed for a couple that wanted a small, simple place to get away from city living. The open floor plan was developed for flexibility, dual uses and future accommodation of visitors and an expanding family.
The building, located in a heavily wooded site, is oriented along the east-west axis to allow for the best solar control, yet slightly set off of true east-west to optimize the view of the nearby lake. Screened decks line the 1st and 2nd floor southern elevations to provide an ‘outdoor’ room and panoramic views of the property.
The building is composed of two distinctive masses: a one-story section for the living spaces, and a two-story section with the master bedroom on the first floor and the office/guest suite on the second floor. The two-story stair tower links the spaces together.
A first floor bathroom is designed as a powder room from the ‘living’ side of the house, and a full master bath for the master bathroom. The second floor/mezzanine is open to the first floor below and has a pivoting window to help facilitate airflow.