ONCE WE DECIDED TO BUILD THE covered deck off the second floor over the veranda, it only made sense to pull the trigger on the sitting area over the master suite, too. The effect is really spectacular. It feels like we live in a villa, with all the covered areas, the wraparound deck, and the outdoor staircase framed in the arches. The sitting room, which we can get to by using the wrought-iron spiral staircase, is the antithesis of our bedroom: wide open with windows and light. We use it throughout the day to enjoy a lazy morning with the paper and coffee, pay bills, watch a little television in private ... that kind of stuff. The builder found a variation on the folding glass walls we put in the great room: One door swings out (like a French door) to the deck overlooking the courtyard, or you can fold all of the glass panels and open the entire sitting room to the air.


  • Cabinets and built-ins. Timberlake supplied various cabinet styles from its Durango and Rushmore lines for the game room, laundry, computer desk, and upstairs bathrooms. Circle no. 162.
  • Windows. A variety of aluminum-clad wood casement, awning, and specialty-shaped windows from Hurd Millwork Co. offers energy efficiency, divided lites, and stunning looks. Circle no. 163.
  • Surfaces. The bathrooms and laundry room feature Formica Stone Natural Quartz Surfacing, a durable, stain- and scratch-resistant solid surface material. Circle no. 164.
  • Wood flooring. Bruce hardwood flooring in 5-inch-wide planks delivers elegance and durability to the common areas upstairs. Circle no. 165.
  • Laundry. A gas-powered stacked washer/dryer from Maytag's Neptune line of equipment. Circle no. 166.
  • Plumbing fittings and fixtures. Moen supplied the water closets (Circle no. 167) in the bathrooms, while Kohler (Circle no. 168) outfitted them with various lines of fixtures and fittings.
  • Interior paint. Luxurious and durable coatings from Sherwin Williams. Circle no. 169.
  • Lighting and controls. In addition to providing controls for the shading system in the game room, Lutron Electronics provided lighting controls throughout the house. Circle no. 170.
  • Carpet. Shaw provided plush carpeting for all of the upstairs bedrooms. Circle no. 171.
  • Ceiling treatment. DecoMetal laminate from Formica, featured on the sitting room ceiling, offers a real foil laminated to an insulating phenolic core. Circle no. 172.
  • Tile. Glazed porcelain floor tile in the laundry and on the walls and floor of the shared bath from Dal-Tile. Circle no. 173.
  • Home theater. With a concealed drop-down projector from InFocus (Circle no. 174) and a Draper projection screen (Circle no. 175), the game room is entertainment central.