This was an intriguing theme
project. The Owners drew out of DePape Associates a design for a home that would
support their creative imaginations and rich fantasy life. We created many
allusions to another time and another place. This affords the Owners a
connection with their dreams without the huge cost of a "replica." For instance
many visitors believe the house is twice its actual size and is built of real
stone. When we were finishing the project the Owner looked me in the eye and
said, "You would never have done this house without me." What a stunning
compliment! We were able to understand the Owner and their dream so well that
they felt themselves and indispensable part of the design team. Our
collaboration had created satisfaction beyond expectation.
A closer look at the back patio and master bedroom turret shows heavy
chain downspouts and leaded glass windows. We combined these with the convincing
detailing of the stone veneer to create the look of an authentic period house
without the expense of real stone.
An imaginative approach
Taking advantage of medieval planning concepts, the house is composed
of a series of wings and elements arranged as if they evolved over several
generations. Crossing a dry pond or "moat" on the entry porch "bridge" takes you
to the heavy plank front door.
The entry walls contain handsomely framed, built-in and lighted
display niches to show off the owner's geode and artifact collections. Wide
plank hickory floorboards set the scale of materials used to create the
impression of mass throughout the house.
Various light sources create the moods and support the uses of the
Great Room's formal library, dining and living areas. The massive stone
fireplace adds warmth to the whole room with its glowing fire. Three large
dimmable wrought-iron chandeliers, virtually converted from candles to
electricity, serve the whole room. A series of high clerestory windows direct
shafts of light into the space.
Creating a specific feeling
The balcony in the "snuggery" located in the tower overlooks the large
Great Room. Wall-to-wall walnut, 11' high bookshelves store the owner's
extensive library. The heavy wood crossbeams are structural, bracing the walls
against roof thrusts. High vaulted ceilings, dark wood and heavy timbers
contribute to the medieval feeling of the room.
A castle kitchen
A well equipped kitchen stages the banquets served in the Great Room.
The back lit arched stove niche refers to the large fireplaces where English
manor house cooking took place. Indirect lighting concealed by the ceiling
soffit trimmed in walnut provides soft light to the whole kitchen.
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