SMART PLAN: The home's decidedly linear, two-story floor plan takes maximum advantage of lake views along the rear of the property. Private spaces are pushed to the ends, such as the master bath and closet on one side and the guest suite and one-car garage (topped by spa room and home theater) on the other, a scheme that not only separates them from daily activity, but also preserves views for those spaces that truly deserve and need them. Notice the garages, too: The four bays are split up and turned away or set back from the front elevation on one end of the lot, thus diminishing their mass and bulk. But they also access the house where you'd want them to, directly into the kitchen and the passage past the elevator and rear stairs ... with a separate door to the motor court, to boot.
SMART PLAN: The home's decidedly linear, two-story floor plan takes maximum advantage of lake views along the rear of the property. Private spaces are pushed to the ends, such as the master bath and closet on one side and the guest suite and one-car garage (topped by spa room and home theater) on the other, a scheme that not only separates them from daily activity, but also preserves views for those spaces that truly deserve and need them. Notice the garages, too: The four bays are split up and turned away or set back from the front elevation on one end of the lot, thus diminishing their mass and bulk. But they also access the house where you'd want them to, directly into the kitchen and the passage past the elevator and rear stairs ... with a separate door to the motor court, to boot.

Purposely narrowed to a one-room depth along most of its footprint, the floor plan of The New American Home 2006 is decidedly extroverted, taking advantage of lake views, natural light, and prevailing breezes afforded by a 149-foot lot to deliver a variety of benefits to the homeowners and the house. All of the major rooms, centered on the first floor, have ample access to the pool terrace, either directly through pairs of patio doors or via the lower-level loggia. There's also a trio of wide-set steps down to the grassy swale fronting the lake; one set leads directly to the boat dock.

The plan works because it operates on several levels, combining daily practicality, occasional entertaining, and plenty of private spaces—in this case, for a mature family in which the late-teen or early-adult kids may join their fiftysomething parents for a long weekend or during school breaks. When the children aren't around, however, the secondary rooms upstairs (or even the entire second level) can remain dormant without the house feeling empty. With the master suite and all of the major rooms on the first level, the active but aging owners can live comfortably without having to climb the stairs. In fact, if they want to access the home theater or spa room above, they can use the elevator.