The New American Home: Formal Function

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.

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.

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.

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