The space also effectively distances the less formal rooms of the house—the kitchen, family room, and loggia behind the dining room—from the privacy of the office, library, and master suite found beyond the parlor.

The New American Home: Formal Function

The space also effectively distances the less formal rooms of the house—the kitchen, family room, and loggia behind the dining room—from the privacy of the office, library, and master suite found beyond the parlor.

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    SIGHT LINE: Four columns accentuate the formality of the center hall entry to the house and separate the dining room from the parlor (shown here), a two-story space featuring a propane-fueled fireplace. Both spaces gain light from either side, especially from the trio of hinged patio doors, complete with matching sidelites and fixed clerestory windows, that expose the north elevation.

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    BEAMED UP: Exposed and richly stained cypress beams and paneling grace the octagonal ceiling of the stair tower, a detail repeated in the parlor that reflects the British colonial feel of the house.

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    SMART STORAGE: The underside of the curving grand staircase serves as the perfect location for an in-home wine cellar which is insulated from the outside and from the bulk of activity inside by the tower's masonry construction.

The only formal spaces of the house are contained just inside the main entry. The center hall spun out from the curved staircase separates a dining room and a parlor, the latter of which enjoys two-story volume topped by an exposed-beam ceiling, plus a comfortable fireplace. There are no electronic distractions here, just an expansive view out to the lake along the entire back side of the rooms. The space also effectively distances the less formal rooms of the house—the kitchen, family room, and loggia behind the dining room—from the privacy of the office, library, and master suite found beyond the parlor. And with light coming from both front and back elevations, not to mention breezes through the insulated windows and patio doors sheltered by a 3-foot-deep overhang on the pool side, the mechanical systems are significantly relieved from cooling and illuminating the space during the day.

PRODUCT SPECS
  • FIREPLACE. The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association provided the propane-fueled fireplace in the parlor, accented by a wood surround and mantle. Circle no. 159.
  • TILE. Inlaid with intricate wood patterns in the center hall, a variety of ceramic tile, from 8-inch-by-16-inch rectangles to hand-cut mosaics, decorate the space. Dal-Tile Corp. Circle no. 160.
  • PAINT. The parlor's soothing green tones contrast comfortably with the white columns of the center hall, just one example of various paint treatments throughout the house, with coatings and finishes supplied by The Sherwin-Williams Co. Circle no. 161.
  • TERRACE DOORS. A trio of hinged patio (or terrace) doors from Loewen (circle no. 162) lead from the center section of the house to the pool deck. The doors combine impact-resistant insulated glass with a Douglas fir frame, protected on the exterior with aluminum cladding and a multipoint locking system from a single handleset.