Approaching the Summers house from the drive the first thing you notice is the assembly of red steel roofs at the edge of the 35 acre field. Even the chimney cap is custom fabricated of matching red metal in a 6/12 hip design. In this view the garage is hidden behind the screen porch. The building down the hill is the owner's pottery studio.
The guest parking area is well separated from the garage and family entrance. An arts and crafts style lantern mounted on a large poplar mimics the roof shapes. A motion detector turns on the light after dark to welcome guests and direct them to the landscaped walk to the front door.
The screen porch has the same view of the valley as the dining room, kitchen and study. The porch serves as the traffic hub for the extended family with a back pathway to the two-car garage and to the pottery studio down the hill. Immediately off the screen porch is an extra-large mudroom with laundry and powder room. A separate door leads to the dining room and kitchen. Extra speakers bring the music from the main stereo out onto the porch as well as into the master bath and bedroom.
The front door leads to a small hallway off the living room to hang up hats and coats. immediately to the right is the owners study which has wrap around views. The floor is acid stained high gloss concrete with 1500 lineal feet of radiant heat piping. The floor temperature is controlled in two zones so the master bath, mudroom, and the dining room, with all it's windows, can be set to be warmer than the rest of the house. All the glass is low-E to keep that warmth inside.
The seating area in front of the dry-stack natural stone fireplace is surrounded by cherry and maple casework and art displays. The television is hidden in a specially constructed alcove in the stonework and is wired to a remote VCR in the stereo cabinet with speaker connections throughout the house.
The dining area is adjacent to the screen porch and just around a divider from the kitchen. It has glass on three sides (thus the extra heat in the floor) with a panoramic view of the 35 acre field and the creek and dairy farm beyond it.