There's no doubt this house has a lot of wide-open spaces, room to satisfy any size gathering.

The New American Home: Pursuits

There's no doubt this house has a lot of wide-open spaces, room to satisfy any size gathering.

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    FULLY LOADED: A completely equipped workshop, including a convenient half-bath featuring hands-free plumbing fixtures and fittings, occupies the single-bay garage on one side of the motor court. A wall-hung and modular/mobile system of cabinets, workbenches, and other storage options from Gladiator GarageWorks serves a variety of needs and leaves enough floor space for tinkering with a motorcycle, an ATV, or maybe just the lawn mower or a busted sprinkler head.

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    LAKE ACCESS: It would be foolish not to take advantage of the spring-fed lake behind the house, if not for fishing than at least for a relaxing canoe excursion or troll in the ski boat. A pair of wide-set, concrete-paver steps, fashioned from materials supplied by Oldcastle Architectural, lead from the pool terrace to the grassy swale fronting Lake Burden. A third set of steps leads directly from the guest suite's private patio to the boat dock.

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    LOFT SOLACE: The L-Shaped loft, accessed only by a spiral stair from the home office below, not only provides a quiet, private place to display and enjoy an extensive book collection, but it also affords a 270-degree view of the lakes (a man-made lake in the front and a natural lake in the back) and the neighborhood.

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    PACK POPCORN: A foot-high platform built along the the back third of the home theatre enables stadium-style seating, with all the works tucked away but accessible in the room's walk-in closet. But the real story is behind the drywall and subfloor, where sound=abatement products help contain studio-quality audio without a peep from the outside world.

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    BETWEEN JOBS: Set smartly between the parlor and the master suite, with access to the nearby powder room, its own entry, and a private library above, the home office is designed to suit the needs of a home-based business or a telecommuting executive. It also suggests a sitting room for the master suite upon retirement.

There's no doubt this house has a lot of wide-open spaces, room to satisfy any size gathering. But it also allows for private pursuits and passions, from a boat ride on the lake to some quiet time in the library above the study; from fiddling with a Harley in the fully equipped workshop/garage to enjoying a favorite film in the sound-insulated home theater. Even the home office is set apart, complete with its own entry from the driveway, allowing the owners to pursue a side business, manage semi-retirement, or tackle telecommuting during a seasonal visit. These spaces allow for much-needed getaways and diversions from the routine, the guilty pleasures that come with financial success, and the opportunity to follow a dream on one's own terms.

PRODUCT SPECS
  • SPIRAL STAIR. Built from solid Brazilian cherry, the spiral stair leading from the office to the library loft adds a rich, comfortable detail with a natural hardness that stands up to years of use. StairWorld. Circle no. 186.
  • GARAGE FLOOR. The snap-together, interlocking tiles of the RaceDeck garage floor system by Snaplock Industries are engineered to withstand daily vehicle traffic, chemical spills, and dropped tools, and clean up with a garden hose. 
  • GARAGE DOORS. Insulated steel sectional doors, complete with a decorative row of windows, are controlled by ½-horsepower openers—all supplied by Overhead Door Corp. Circle no. 188.
  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEM COMPONENTS. From the backup generator to the home's entire web of electrical components and housings, Eaton's Electrical Business/Cutler-Hammer (circle no. 189) delivers the power of a structured wiring system that suits needs now and in the future.
  • FOAM INSULATION. Expanding soft foam insulation from Icynene (circle no. 190), applied on the underside of the second-floor platform and at all penetrations in and through the envelope, provides air-quality and sound-abatement benefits in addition to its thermal properties. The nontoxic, spray-applied material contains no formaldehyde, CFCs, or other banned substances, expands 100 times its initial volume, and cures quickly.
  • INTEGRATED ELECTRONICS. A complete line of audio-visual components allows the owners to plug in and play a variety of cool new toys.