So, last week I'd found Creekside, a gorgeous home in California in such a beautiful setting that i was drooling all over my keyboards. And, since I'd done the Ooh la la natural setting house, i was looking for an urban space for this week's post; a loft in Tribeca, maybe, or a penthouse in London. Even a pied-à-terre in Paris would do.
Then I found Lakeside, and i was smitten all over again.
It's rustic and contemporary, like me. But damn that website it doesn't say where it is, just that it's somewhere in the northeastern United States. And it's big, too, for Carlos and me, and all the furry children, and all our friends and family. We'd have some 8500 square feet in the main house with an additional 1100 square feet in the guest house for those folks that we like,. but not so much. You know.....
The house is nestled in a forest alongside a lake, and its shed roofs are all connected and seem to aim themselves at the water. There is a massive back porch with tall columns that support a solar screen of indigenous logs. These natural shades invite the sun’s warming winter rays, but keep the house cool in summer.
Inside, the main house is united by an arcing two-story hall that doubles as a grand entry--picture Mistress Maddie in a Ball Gown doing the balcony scene from Evita. The walls are lined with local stone, and the catwalk balcony leads to bedrooms and a studio. The hall serves as a kind of 'Main Street' for the house, connecting the garage and service rooms in the west, with the kitchen, and finally the living room, in the east.
The first floor flows seamlessly into the outdoors and onto a sitting porch through folding glass walls that open from side to side, merging interior and exterior into one great living space.
And, as beautiful and rustic and natural as it looks, it is also eco-friendly and works hard to keep itself green. The house collects the sun’s heat through the full height windows behind the porches and stores it in the masses of masonry walls and the chimney. Full-depth icynene insulation and tight wood-framed windows further minimize energy needs.
A closed-loop geothermal system and a super-efficient Russian wood stove heat the entire house, while hydronic radiant heat in the principal living areas is particularly effective in keeping the heat at the living level where it is sensed, thus lowering the required water temperature and energy use.
I was happy last week to settle in by the creek, but every so often you need to be Lakeside.
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