|Chatham County NC Approximately 2300 sf|
The parking area and driveway for this home with semi-attached studio are across a small creek that bisects the property and feeds a small pond that the owner has built in her backyard. There is also a grassed over, fair weather drive on the house side of the creek for moving and deliveries of landscaping supplies.
The home is visible from the parking area through the bushes, which line the creek next to the bridge. Parking the cars across the creek keeps their visual clutter away from the home.
Wide railings of treated 4x6 lumber provide a spot out of the weather to welcome guests and to enjoy the sound and sights of the creek below.
The path to the front door passes through a naturalized pasture, which showcases the owners landscaping vision. The front porch provides a sunny but sheltered place to relax.
The path winds through the indigenous plantings and stone walls to direct traffic to the front door, the office studio for the owners landscape design business, to the separate studio space in back and on to the new pond and extensive gardens behind the house.
Just inside the front door the house opens up with a straight shot through the living room with it's special fireplace to the bridge to the studio space behind. To the right glass doors open into the home office and to the left is the kitchen and dining area.
Morning coffee and attention to the owner's landscape design business happens in this home office across from the kitchen. Light streams in through south windows and double glass doors to the east, which open directly to the gardens.
A full bath with cast iron tub and handmade pottery sink on cast concrete countertop allows the home office to serve as a guest bedroom for the holidays.
|Interior door knobs (Top).|
Matching Cabinet Pulls (Bottom).
Hand Carved cypress door pulls set off the cypress and fir cabinet doors and drawer fronts built on site by Chandler Design-Build with industrial style cabinets custom built by Forbes and Co. The owner liked the cabinet pulls so much she had us build matching door knobs for all the interior doors in the house.
Upstairs is a second home office-guest bedroom and a master bedroom, shown here, that runs the length of the building with pine floors and windows on three sides.
The master bathroom has a stone tile floor with hand made pottery sink and cast concrete countertop on pickled cypress cabinetry. The shower has a patterned stone tile floor and water proof tinted stucco and stone walls.
The staircase has a tapered pine top rail with flat places at the newel post to rest a book or a cup of tea on the way up to bed. The rails are three pieces of large copper tubing, the top and bottom tubes are two inch diameter, the center piece is one and a half. The kitchen island has an oak and tile countertop with a hand made copper down-draft unit behind the stove. Trapeze lighting hangs from two load bearing pillars.
Afternoon sunlight reflecting off the fourteen foot long copper countertop warms the interior and sets off the display of North Carolina pottery on the raised platform in the corner. The back splash is a mix of handmade ceramic tiles and folded random length copper tiles in the same height. Shelving above is yellow pine with large yellow pine crown molding for support. All the appliances are stainless steel.
The dining area is open to the outdoors through west facing double glass doors with side lights and transoms. A niche in the wall opposite the doors holds more display shelving for the pottery collection. Beyond the niche is a "secret passage" to the living room.
Wide pine flooring throughout the first floor was splined and matched on site. The twin doors to the left of the fireplace conceal the stereo cabinet and the wiring harness that controls the 14 speaker sound system with remote headphone jacks. The twin doors on the right lead to the dining area. Tiles for the fireplace surround were made by Cary Esser.
The living room has built in bookcases and display shelving for the owner's collections. Windows on the north and east walls offer views of the garden and of the new pond.
A covered breezeway connects the main house with the semi-attached studio. By rotating the studio 45 degrees to the house all four double doors offer views to the gardens. A fifth double door opens to the axis of the house and allows a view all the way to the front porch.
The finishes are more rustic out here with a painted wood floor and ceiling. Heat is provided by a cast iron Vermont Castings heater that looks like a wood stove but burns natural gas and is controlled by a wall mounted thermostat. The speaker wiring in the house allows music playing in the home to also play in the studio. There is no telephone out here however.