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While the clients wanted this room to feel open, Visbeen Associates built in columns, beams and half walls throughout the space to create a slight sense of separation. Each area feels distinct, but there's still a clear sense of flow.
The dining room is open to the kitchen and faces a double-sided fireplace, which opens into a small living area. The open floor plan keeps the kitchen connected to a dining and living area and provides it with a clear view of the lake.
Chairs: Woodbridge; pendant: Circa Lighting
The double-sided fireplace drops down on the other side of the dining room, which creates a full lake view from the kitchen and dining areas. Having the living room connected to the dining and kitchen area creates a natural flow when the family is entertaining, and also keeps them in one main living area when it's just the five of them.
The house is full of cottage details as well as contemporary features that make it feel fresh. The expansive kitchen with its foggy-blue subway tile has a distinctly coastal vibe.
Countertop: Quartz; pendants: Schoolhouse Electric
A built-in booth designed for lounging and casual meals is tucked in next to the home's kitchen and main living areas. The curved booth can easily seat six, but if more space is needed, the table can be switched out and more chairs can be added.
The back entry is lined with a durable limestone tile, and the walls are covered with chalkboard paint. Each family member can see important reminders on their way in and out of the house.
The 5-story stair tower is one of the more distinct architectural features in the house. All floors are accessible from this central flight of stairs. (A rec-room was set up in the attic on the top floor, since there's no basement.) An airplane model designed by the homeowner's grandfather hangs above.
The laundry room in this home is full of fun, but it's also perfectly designed to suit the family's laundry needs, with counterspace for folding and plenty of shelving, drawers and cabinetry for storage.
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