Craftsman Modern Vacation Home Plan

By Dan Gregory

This romantic getaway is designed for easy indoor-outdoor living and relaxation, whether together or alone.

I'm excited to announce that this romantic, nature-inspired, Craftsman-Modern getaway home is now part of our Signature Plans Collection. It's Plan 454-14 and evokes images of relaxing country vacations and joyful family reunions. 

Architect Tina Govan and Not So Big House author/architect Sarah Susanka collaborated on the design -- the original commission was for a lakeside site. Primary goals were to capture water views, embody the sense of peace and serenity that derives from a rural setting, and make the home work as well for just a few people as for a large extended family. In essence, says, Sarah: "It needed to function as two houses in one."

The house works as a carefully choreographed journey across a rustic site. Sarah explains: "A series of connected buildings, with wide eaves, generous porch and breezeway, and many outdoor spaces, offers the opportunity to move effortlessly from inside to out. A series of movable screens allows the house to be completely opened to the outdoors when the weather is appropriate, as well as to open the center breezeway to the terrace and view beyond."

The breezeway and roof deck are key features. With folding glass doors on either side, the breezeway walls disappear, seamlessly connecting both sides of the site and framing vistas through the house. From the front patio, you can walk straight out to the roof deck with expansive views on all sides. This outdoor living room-with-fireplace is embedded in the body of the house and is accessible from the major rooms.

At one end of the spacious living area and behind a breakfast bar is the galley kitchen.

The adjacent flexible dining area -- with room for an expanded table for larger gatherings -- opens to the screen porch.

At the rear, the house opens to a series of decks and terraces on two levels, further maximizing views. On this downhill side, the structure appears to float above its site, supported by massive peeled Cyprus trunks.
One space perfectly captures the dual nature of the design: the sitting alcove off the main living area, which is shaped by an eyebrow dormer with its own oculus.

It wraps the occupants in comfort while reaching toward the sky.
For more on this home read the article in Fine Homebuilding: "N. C. Mountain Lake House." Sarah recaps it in her newsletter also -- click here.

Wed Aug 20 00:00:00 PDT 2014