Residential Design

VOL.3 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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designed from the outside in," Matt explains. "It's always amazing to talk with clients coming from older homes— just the ability to bring glass to the floor and to the ceiling is transformative. Those two feet of wall create a very different connectivity to the site. The old house was all punched open- ings. The new windows really maximize those views. Now light can bounce across surfaces within the house." These clients were not novices about the potential of mod- ern design (they own another house in California by Marmol Radziner), but they came to Snow Kreilich with no stylistic agenda—just a programmatic one. Their goal in optimizing this house was to spend half the year in each location. Conse- quently, the lake house needed the functionality of a fulltime residence, but with the special delights and lightness of being that vacation homes can elicit. The couple wanted the house to feel comfortable for just the two of them, but also absorb the hustle and bustle of returning adult children. The firm's response was a self-sufficient and satisfying one-story house, with private guest quarters on a second floor. (Gone was the troublesome, leaky basement, as the new house is built on a slab.) The main floor is largely open, with a central space for the kitchen, living, and dining areas that connects full-on to the views. "The kitchen is now broad face to the lake," says Matt. There's also a smaller alcove carved out of the whole that serves as a protected sitting and TV-watching area for the cou- ple. A small office adjacent to the master provides additional runaway space. Most important, the new master bedroom retains what the husband loved best about the old house: a direct connection to the lake for sunrise sails or a bracing dip in the water. Another favorite feature of the old house was a broad deck that ran parallel to the water, seeming almost to float above it like an anchored boat. The firm recreated the idea, but with Above: Gently raised decks place horizon views directly at eye level. Master bedroom, great room, and second-floor guest rooms have dedicated outdoor spaces. 50 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2018 CASE STUDY

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