Monday, January 22, 2007

My Next One...

If you ask any architect which project is his or her favorite one, he or she will always answer, "My next one." This architect is the same. He's working on two new house projects right now -- one is a modest addition to a modest house, the other is a new 2,600 sq. ft. w/unfinished basement custom contemporary home.

The "modest addition to the modest house" project is for an interesting Texas couple who plan to move to Colorado and live in the house for a year or more while a new and nice custom home is being designed (presumably by me) and built.

The new custom contemporary home is being designed in a more Scandinavian Modernist style with craftsman touches. The clients are a retired science professor and his wife, both of whom grew up in European countries, but worked and raised their family in the United States for most of their lives. They travel quite a bit so have retained their "international" sensibilities.

As for the project which has been the most gratifying, educational, and enjoyable of my completed projects so far, it would be the million-dollar house, of course. Since I never posted floor plans for those of you who like to look at such things, here you go. As usual, click on them to make them much larger:

The first floor, as with all three floors, is 1,200 sq. ft. It has a study, 1/2 bath, away room, kitchen w/large pantry, eating nook, family room, and a central circulation hallway/colonnade. It also includes a small deck in front and a very large deck on back. All floor materials on the first and second floors are either bamboo flooring or porcelain tile.

The second floor has three bedrooms including a master bedroom with walk-in closet, a master bathroom, laundry room, cedar closet, kids' playroom, two kids' bedrooms, and a common bathroom off the playroom and bedrooms. The master bedroom has a private deck. The kids' bedrooms have built-in dressers and window seats with storage under each seat.

The floors of the finished walk-out basement are sealed/stained concrete and the basement has a large game room, a guest bedroom w/walk-in closet, a dog room, a mud room with five built-in open lockers, a 3/4-bathroom, an exercise room, and ample storage and utility room. The house is connected via a breezeway to a 3-car garage on the same level, and there is an ample patio, pergola, built-in gas grill, and area for hot tub in back. All three floors have radiant floor heating and a central vacuum system.

My next new custom home project will be even better. Stay tuned...


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