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... a home that would be comfortable in the South or ...
Just because a room is a back entry, maybe out to the garden and yard, doesn't mean it shouldn't be beautiful.
Certainly, this room's durable materials — blue stone flooring and horizontal lap siding — can hold their own against an onslaught of muddy boots and backpacks. But while those materials are functional, the tall windows and the French doors give an abundance of light and elegance.
What's especially nice about these historically inspired designs is their updated and fresh approach to the style's language. Just as other architects, from Palladio to Jefferson to today, have learned from and reinvigorated the classical language, so too has Tate.
And walls aren't always heavy, load-bearing elements. Treated as a simple plane that separates two rooms, this wall appears as a lightweight screen that can slide to and fro. Again, the interior couldn't be more modern in its sense of space and light.
Even when using what can be the most rigid of styles, classical, the manipulation of interior space is nothing if not modern. Layering, as here, creates the sense that the room in the foreground is set within a large room that is connected and open to every room around it: a room that's both open and distinct at the same time.
Check out A Classical Journey — The Houses of Ken Tate if you want to learn more about Ken Tate and his home designs. The book is filled with page after page of wonderful homes that are an inspiration to all.