This family home was designed like the arms of an easy chair - to embrace and nestle the outdoor living and backyard pool. It's done in a "Neo-prairie" style with tall ceilings and high horizontal windows in the shadow of the big eaves. We're proud that it is very energy efficient including the use of shading from trees, only one of which was removed on the whole lot. Insulated attic and high efficiency systems including make-up air will keep operating costs low.
A lot of care went into small details in the home. The upstairs, for instance, which is almost an afterthought in many homes, was worked and reworked to get each child his own bath and something to make each room feel special, all bedrooms have natural light from at least two sides. Thought was given to keeping parents sane and romance alive while still raising a family. Dad has a small private study. Mom has a nice freestanding tub and an office nook with built-in dog crate (because the dog always understands her) and other storage under the stair landing. A guest feels very private at the far end of the home with a view of the pool. The kids' bedrooms are at the opposite end of the house from the parents. And, for a bit of grown-up whimsy there is the wine room off the dining area.
My favorite part of the home is the transition from indoor to outdoor living at the back of the home. Both are so inviting I'm not sure whether I'd rather be inside looking out or outside looking in.