We have just deconstructed a home in Durham, NC. The neighborhood is a historic neighborhood, with primarily tudors and southern colonials. We have a .6 acre sloping lot, which has a narrower front and wider back.
We would like to build a 4000 sq. ft. modern home, where the front of the home blends with the neighborhood, and the back of the home is primarily glass and sliding glass doors. We want a family room with double-height ceiling, and at least 10 ft. ceilings throughout the house.
We have done extensive programming, and here are the details:
The house will be characterized by generous, light filled, interesting even awe inspiring, simply detailed, uncluttered spaces. Major rooms will have tall simply detailed coffered ceilings. Controlling sound between adjacent spaces will be carefully considered. House forms and glazing will take into account qualities of light offered by various orientations to minimize sharp light and shadow patterns. Long views principally to the east and views to the garden will be designed with privacy in mind.
A tight thermal envelope will be paired with a powered fresh air system to maintain interior air quality. Low velocity duct design and individual room returns will minimize noise and perceived air movement. Passive solar strategies will be evaluated in the context of light quality. Radiant floor heating, photovoltaic power generation, solar hot water and other “green” systems will be considered . Lighting systems will be principally dimmable, LED type. Materials and finishes will be selected for low emissions and high durability
A transparent entry space at street level offering views through to the east. A spatially generous, open stairway will connect to the lower foyer linking floor levels and outdoor spaces. The foyer will be adjacent through a doorway to family spaces. The house elevator will adjacent. There will be a guest coat closet and provision for a hall table that could be built in. Openness to the street will be given careful consideration as the design progresses.
8’ x 10‘ 80 square feet
The primary social area of the house will support family and entertaining with long views to the site and beyond. Spaces will be open to each other. There will be access to a large deck.
A chef’s kitchen will accommodate two cooks with cabinets framing a large island. There will be direct access to the pantry and adjacent booth seating for 4 - 6.
There will be a large clean up sink paired with the dishwashers and a prep sink on the island along with a large recycling cabinet. The island will accommodate 4 -6 six at a counter extension allowing for stools on two sides.
Appliances will include
6 burner Wolf range with paired hood
drawer type and conventional dishwashers
drawer type microwave
large cabinet depth refrigerator/freezer
large wine cooler
12’ x 18‘ 216
The walk in pantry for food and equipment storage will be adjacent to the chef’s kitchen. It is conceivable that this space could be paired and connected by door to the laundry room.
6’ x 6‘ 36
The dining room will provide space for everyday and company meals. It will be spatially distinct but visually open to the family room and chef’s kitchen with a table for 10. There will be a built in glass front china cabinet over a closed base cabinet for display and associated storage.
14‘x 16‘ 224
The family room will have a large seating group, fireplace, television cabinet with doors, a game table and baby grand piano
16‘ x 18‘ 288
The main floor study (guest room/ library) will be convenient to the foyer and include a desk area, a wet bar with sink, under counter refrigerator/ ice maker and associated storage, and a double size Murphey bed, and book shelving likely grouped in cabinetry. The bar will have cabinet pocket doors and movable book storage will cover the desk area when there are visitors. There will be space for a small sitting area with love seat and two chairs and a small closet for guest clothes storage and office supplies. The space will have library character. It will connect to the compartmented main floor guest bathroom.
16’ x 16‘ 256
A compartmented main floor guest bathroom will be directly accessible from the study and from public circulation for use by visitors. A shower space will be on the study side paired with a lavatory. It will be separated by a pocket door from the guest powder room which will have a lavatory and toilet. These spaces highly finished for guest use and be handicap accessible.
8’ x 14‘ 112
master bedroom suite
A spatially generous, private, light filled sanctuary with protected long views. The bedroom will be directly adjacent to the master bath, separate dressing rooms and by spiral stair to the sitting room. The nursery bedroom will be adjacent.
The master bedroom will have a vaulted ceiling and accommodate a king size bed, small seating area with two chairs, and access to a private deck. Two private dressing rooms and the master bathroom will have separate entrances. A spiral stair will connect to the sitting room.
14’ x 18‘ 252
The sitting room will be a private retreat located on the top floor level, accessed directly from the master bedroom by a spiral stair. There will light and view and space for working at a desk or reading in natural light. A small seating area will have two chairs and a television. A secure door will lead to the children's bedrooms.
10’ x 10‘ 100
Female dressing room will have a minimum of 35 linear feet of hanging space including 6 LF of double rod, open shelving (100 pairs of shoes) and a drawer cabinet.
7’ x 12‘ 84
Male dressing room will have 10 linear feet of hanging space including 3 feet of full height rod, open shelving and a drawer cabinet.
7’ x 6‘ 42
The master bath will include a large fully tiled shower with frameless glass walls, rain and adjustable wall mounted shower heads, a large air type whirlpool tub, two lavatories on separate counters and a toilet in a separate space. One wall of the bathroom may have a sliding glass wall that opens to share daylight from the master bedroom. Other daylight will be provided by translucent or high windows.
12’ x 12‘ 144
The nursery bedroom will be relatively small in scale and located directly adjacent to the master bedroom with a small closet. This room may be repurposed as a second master bath at a later date.
10’ x 12‘ 120
The laundry will be located on the main floor convenient to circulation. It will likely be paired with the pantry and with a half bath. There will be a large stacking washer dryer, a utility sink, cabinets for storage and space for ironing.
8’ x 8‘ 64
The half bath will be be accessible from the family area and simply finished. There will be a lavatory and a toilet.
5’ x 5‘ 25
The top floor will have two children's bedrooms each with a walk in closet and access to a compartmented bathroom.
The bedrooms will have space for twin beds a desk and chair.
12’ x 12’ x 2 288
Walk in closets will have hanging space, shelves and drawer storage
5’ x 6’ x 2 60
The children’s bathroom will have a lavatory, toilet and shower for each bedroom connected by a shared tub/shower space with linen closet separated by pocket doors.
5’ x 24‘ 120
The playroom is a shared space with associated storage space for toys and games.
12’ x 14‘ 168
The lower floor will include an entry foyer, garage, mud room, media/game room and service spaces. Unprogrammed space resulting from mirroring the main floor size will remain unfinished for storage.
A generous entry space leading to the garden and connecting to the main floor foyer by way of the open stairway. The guest suite, garage, mud room, laundry, utility room and media/game room will be accessed from this space.
8’ x 10‘ 80
A large multi function space with provision for an indoor grill area, tiled space, windows that open up to make the space a screened in space, space for a a pool/ ping pong table with expansive views and access to the garden. This space may be integrated with the lower foyer
16’ x 18‘ 288
Lower floor service spaces will be linked and accessed from the lower foyer.
The three car garage will open to the north or south and be hidden from street view. Entry to the house from the garage will be through the mud room.
22’ x 30’
The mudroom will be the everyday entry to the house from the garage and provide for coat storage, a bench for removing shoes, a charging station and shelves for storage. There will be direct access to the lower floor half bath and to the lower foyer.
8 x 10 80
The half bath will be conveniently accessible from the media/game room, mud room and from the lower foyer. There will be a toilet and lavatory and simple easily maintained finishes.
5’ x 5‘ 25
phase one spaces 3152 square feet
net to gross x 1.23
3877 square feet
First, we want something that is beautiful, environmentally tight and sound, and finally, cost effective. We will look for designs that fit into the surrounding neighborhood, but are distinctive in modern, open, flowing floor plans.
Ultimately, we are looking for plans that will inspire us, and will enable us to work with an architect to develop plans that can serve as guidance for builders and bank appraisals.