Few words better describe this new home than transparency. This term applies not only to the expansive glass adorning the home’s envelope, but also to the process whereby unique customers, skilled designers, and experienced project managers exchanged ideas that culminated in a bespoke lakeside residence to remember.
Designs of this caliber are the provenance of our region’s top architects, and for this mountain-transitional style, we could think of none more apt than Scott Crichton of Architecture 224. Working as a design-build team, we performed cost and feasibility assessments as the design progressed and frequently discussed fine-detail execution during the building phase to ensure that each material contact point was thought out fully in advance of installation.
One critical design element is the transmission of light and the lack of view obstruction throughout the home. To this aim, an eight-foot square pivoting glass front door greets visitors who can easily see through to the wall of glass on the home’s rear exterior- all overlooking an infinity-edge pool that appears to blend with lake waters below. A beautiful mono-stringer stair system resides in a glass “tower” that commands the home’s right side. The master shower and tub are flanked by glass on both exterior walls. Light simply spills throughout the home and bids one to look at the beautiful Lake Keowee beyond.
Another key design element is the prevailing use of straight lines, and this was probably the most challenging aspect of the project to oversee. In order to achieve the “knife-edge” appearance with the pool, for example, the tile was sloped into the pool, rather than away, requiring it to have a maximum tolerance of 1/32”. Further, the pool deck is clad in 18” x 36” pieces of limestone, which each required field cutting to ensure consistency in dimension. This theme was repeated inside where single panels of tile up to 9’ long required water-jet cutting precision.
Other outdoor elements include a large but fitting custom chimney shroud, a cantilevered balcony, a zinc roof imported from Germany (a first in our region), and long rain-chains that hang from extended gutters and funnel water to landscaped areas featuring plants from a variety of climate zones. The siding, 1/8” nickel-gapped and pre-finished vertical grain Douglas Fir clads not only the home’s vertical exterior and soffits but also the garage doors as well.
Interior finish details include timbers with hand-forged brackets in the Great Room, a large barn door built of 16” white oak planks which had to be assembled inside the home, multiple linear fireplaces, panelized lighting to eliminate switch banks, handmade tile, custom wood, and stainless steel HVAC floor vents and wall grills, and a vibrant interior design palette by ID Studio Interiors.
The professional satisfaction of bringing all of these design elements and materials together cannot be overstated, and though homes of this complexity are difficult to complete, there’s always reward in knowing how many people came together to pull off a truly unique vision for happy customers.