Modernity in a wooded setting is a simple way to describe this new construction home in Lutherville-Timonium, MD.
Designed for our clients David & Lisa, the home has a direct connection to the outdoors. The home site location was selected so that the couple would feel like they were in a private, tree-top oasis. With sweeping views of the trees from all the main floor living spaces, the floor to ceiling windows along the backside of the home open to the ever-changing backdrop of nature’s landscape. The use of stone and stucco on the exterior of the home in ivory, tan, and browns blends with the landscape, but the clean lines, cantilevered roof, and large massings still shine in contrast with the natural setting. From the full walkout terrace level, with additional living space and sleeping quarters, you can also enjoy the view to the wooded lot, and the 30 foot pool. With a wide patio around the pool and stairs that adjoin the deck just off the upper level kitchen, this home has a large footprint for outdoor entertaining.
It is an engineering feet to design a large scale wall of windows across the entire back of a home. Balancing load, size, and placement were all key to ensuring that we achieved the goal of feeling like you’re directly in the trees. The math was further complicated by the large overhanging roof, which helps to aid with shading the pool deck in the warmer summer months.
On the front of the home we designed several clerestory windows to let light in while providing much needed wall space for art and to create separate spaces for a living room and formal dining combination, as well as walls for cabinetry in the kitchen, which is at the center of the home. Double sided cabinetry enjoins the kitchen and the front entry way where you find a stairwell to the lower living level and a more casual dining space with access to the back deck and yard. An owner’s retreat on this level contains a master bathroom with luxury fixtures and zero-entry shower with river rock detail on the shower floor.
The process of creating a custom home is a labor of love. From the first steps of finding the property and then determining how to best situate the new home on the land to create the feeling you want within your home are key. As we were designing this home, our firm developed and introduced several new technology-aided architecture tools to help our clients in understanding their home design. Photo realistic renderings help with how the home will look. Virtual Reality walk thrus allow the homeowner to go from room to room and experience the flow. Virtual Reality also let’s you look outside the windows or be standing poolside and see the changing light as the sun rises and sets during the course of a day.
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