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The entryway provides a sneak peek at the home's views, as the windows provide an uninterrupted view from the front door through the house and out to the lake. Topography and existing trees influenced the design. "Trees helped define the floor plan," Lamaster-Millett says. "The couple walked the site and marked the important deciduous trees they wanted to save."
The design was also influenced by homes in the area. "Historically, the area was an agricultural community with older farmhouses, mixed in with post-1950s split-level ranch houses," Lamaster-Millett says. The split-level ranch was used as a point of departure and addressed the sloped site, while simple lines and details were inspired by farmhouses. The stone wall in front came from a local quarry.
The outdoors looks chilly in this picture, but the home is cozy and warm. The couple uses the lake house just as much in winter as in summer. Lamaster-Millett addressed the cold climate with sustainable solutions including geothermal heating and ultra-high-efficiency wall and roof construction. Radiant heat from the floors, ceiling fans and an electric fireplace keep things toasty.
The room at the back of this image is the master bedroom. A step at the door helps emphasize its separation from the public areas of the home.
Because this relatively small house was designed to host large family gatherings, the contractor built an irregular-sized table to fit the space, and Lamaster-Millett designed a flip-up bench on one wall to save space. This bench helps define the dining space.
Because it's on the main (upper) floor, the master bedroom has privacy from outside the house as well. In terms of balancing the overall budget, the spectacular windows are a permanent element that were well worth the investment. If you look over the windows, you'll notice a lighting system that Lamaster-Millett describes as "highlighting the ceiling in a soft glow."
Here's a detail from over the front door. "This design came out of the functional, to provide cover from the snow without having to add a huge canopy element," Lamaster-Millett says. If you look back to the first image, you'll see that a line of trims continues from the overhang around the front of the house. As you scroll down further, you'll see how it relates to the beams in the master bedroom, giving a hint of what you'll see inside.
"It goes back to a functional farmhouse aesthetic; like framing in a barn, it's beautiful because of how it functions," Lamaster-Millett says. This philosophy is an apt description for the entire home's design.
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