With five bedrooms and four baths, this second home works well as a weekend getaway or a destination for large gatherings. Tall trees surround the Tudor-style exterior and further the sense of solitude.
Though the kitchen is newly renovated, the designers used warm wood cabinets to help it complement the home's Tudor architecture. A large island gives the owners plenty of room for meal prep and entertaining.
Designs were nearly complete when the homeowners raised concerns about the existing below-grade garage. The driveway was so steep that they had never parked a car in it. They decided to fill the driveway, bury the existing garage and construct a new three-car garage to be built on a diagonal to the existing house. The angle creates a connecting space that becomes the laundry room and mudroom, providing access to the family room, garage and rear yard.
The backyard of the HGTV Dream Home 2014 at nightfall showcases full-wall windows, a stone chimney and stone patio flooring illuminated beneath the exposed beams by the interior lights filling the tall ceiling.
This elegant dining room is furnished with a oval wood table, fabric-covered high-back chairs, patterned drapery and a low-hanging chandelier. Crown molding, damask wallpaper and a floral-shaped ceiling medallion add architectural interest to the space.
The staircase in the front turrets leads down to the basement, which houses wine storage and a tasting room with a full bar. Since a new first-level attached garage constructed, the existing below-grade garage became storage and mechanical space, as well as a corridor to the existing basement.
The existing landscape provided a challenge, but also the opportunity to design outdoor living spaces on several levels. The flat-roofed family room needed a pitched roof to blend with the existing house, but the roof, along with the turret, couldn’t block existing windows. To accomplish the homeowners’ vision, interior walls had to be removed, but they were constructed of clay blocks, which supported two-story block walls above. We continued the 16:12 pitched roof over the existing family room, but shifted it back to allow light into the third-story window. The same pitched roof covers the garage addition, but a reverse gable with paneled accents provides interest and a carriage house feel.