This couple downsized to this single level retirement home, but wanted to keep at least the most important things from a lifetime of globe trotting, child rearing and car collecting. The piano, for instance, instead of a room, now occupies part of the double duty foyer. Dining gets its own sunroom-like feel at the back of the home, designed to appear as if we had enclosed part of the porch to create it. Both he and she have offices, one that doubles as a guest bedroom. The master bath features a walk-around shower and long tile bench and is much more spa-like than is usual in a home of this size.
He still tinkers with cars in his oversized garage which also has a powder room for gardeners, tinkerers and swimmers (who come in the back door from the pool.) Storage was very important, so there are good sized closets everywhere and a proper staircase to a decked attic for more storage still. Rooflines are simple to keep budget in line. All the trees were all saved
This home is energy efficient with insulated attic and high efficiency HVAC, but most importantly, correct compass orientation for the back porch to protect from the sun in summer and allow the lower winter sun to warm the home. Durable materials, many locally sourced and style appropriate to the site and surroundings, make the home low maintenance and harmonious with its location.