The New American Home: Pursuits

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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