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02/18/05

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Presence From the Past - Part 3


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The master suite is also on the main floor, which would enable an "executive couple to live on the main floor and entertain guests or even grandchildren upstairs," Bienz says. "Once the children are grown and gone, everything you need is on one floor."

The suite is entered from the main foyer via double doors just across the hall from the open staircase. The doors lead into the suite's sitting area, a tranquil retreat for two. The area is furnished in neutral tones with cozy chairs and a graceful fainting couch. The framed wall behind the couch is actually a "water wall" where the sight and sounds of running water create a soothing ambience. The suite is connected to the outside via two small porches, one from the bedroom area and one from the bath.

Three fireplaces grace the main floor. A white-painted mantel and strong graphic pillars frame the fireplace in the living area. The family room fireplace surround is made from a natural-looking cultured stone that runs the full length of the wall. The master suite fireplace, a ventless three-sided version, is surrounded by glass and the same slate found on the entry floor.

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This slate also covers the floor in the master bath. Its matte finish and natural-color variations hide dirt and grime. "The slate is also extremely durable," builder Greg Prendergast says. To prevent the natural stone from feeling cold to bare feet, he had radiant-heat warmers installed beneath the bathroom's floor tiles.

Bath counters and the whirlpool tub surround are made from limestone tiles. To visually tie these light sand-color tiles to the darker brown and gray slate, Meyer had 2-inch diamond-shape insets of limestone added to the bath's floor tiles.

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