Post details: Breaking Out of the Box - Part 2

02/18/05

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Breaking Out of the Box - Part 2


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Built to accommodate his family, which includes two children, the home has a modified split-level floor plan. French doors and plentiful windows, especially in the living room, create that luxury. Windows lining the dramatic two-story living room provide tremendous views of the wooded lot, with its wetlands and a pond, and of the planting area at the home's entrance.

A wood-burning fireplace encircled by gray granite warms the living room. French doors flanking the fireplace open to a roomy front-facing deck, which is also accessible from the nearby dining room. Doors at the back of the living room lead to a deck tucked between the rear of the house and the face of the embankment. Maple trim and flooring offer a soft contrast to the white walls, which were spray-painted at the factory.

InsideThe kitchen also benefits from the landscaped cliff visible through the window above the sink. Windows wrapping the breakfast nook overlook a "sometimes pond," as Lauren calls the wetlands portion of their property. The U-shape kitchen work area has granite countertops and a quarry-tile floor.

A central stairwell, built on-site after the modules were in place, connects the main living area and the other areas of the house. With the same blue pipe railings as the decks, the stairwell opens to the spacious foyer. A wall of windows on the front of the two-story stairwell overlooks an open-air court where a birch tree and groundcovers grow, creating an outdoor focal point. At night, the diagonals of the stair railings against the square windows in the lighted stairwell create a street view overflowing with intriguing angles.

InsideUp the maple stairs a half level from the public area is the family room. Beyond the French doors at the back of the room is a deck and the backyard, which begins at the top edge of the cliff. This wing, above the two-car garage and foyer, contains a full back with two sinks and the children's bedrooms and a guest bedroom, each with compact decks.

Up another flight of stairs, the master suite rests atop the public areas. Along the hallway to the master bedroom is an interior balcony offering a bird's-eye view of the living room below.

InsideOpenings in one wall of the master bedroom also overlook the living room. The master suite encompasses the area of two modules side by side, giving it a width of more than 25 feet. "That way it's not restricted to that 13-foot net dimension you typically see with modular," Doug says. A smartly-designed dressing area includes a vanity with sink. It's flanked by a full master bath, featuring a whirlpool tub and marble floors, and a walk-in closet with a chute to the next-door laundry room.

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