Each volume of the house slowly and effortlessly flows into the covered terrace next to it as the green spaces bridge the kitchen and dining with the living area. Large glass domes cover each of the terraces and keep out the cold wind even as one enjoys warmth and sunshine without having to venture outdoors.
A smart wooden staircase leads the way to the bedrooms kids’ rooms and bathrooms above even as wonderful views of the tranquil lake next to the home leave us enthralled. Spacious balconies secluded outdoor hangouts with a fireplace and beautiful family rooms put the final touches on an exquisite and exceptional lakeside residence.
Taking cues from local architecture and the buildings cherished past the was designed by Walker Warner Architects to create a bridge between two different eras. The exterior of the house and its overall silhouette mimic the form of a classic residence that is all too common in this part of California.
It is the parlor level that contains the ten-foot-high living area with a custom bookshelf that which is cleverly extended to fashion a circulation space for the two cats in the house. The inquisitive cats can meander through the flowing ledge and access different vantage points and trap doors that allow them to navigate through the top two levels of the home.
Thanks to the more open design the splendid house now is filled with plenty of natural light and the outdoor patios and pergola sitting spaces become an integral part of the interior. A pleasant residence that feels more like a serene holiday escape.
The dark exterior lets the home standout visually even while ensuring that it melts away into darkness after sunset. Locally sourced wood and stone were used throughout the house and dying ash trees milled from the lot were used in creating custom furniture and cabinets for the home.
The central idea behind the design conjured up by KEM STUDIO was to create a relaxing and nature-centric hub that allows the homeowners to leave behind their hectic urban life. It is essentially a house that has the aura of a ‘serene second home’!