A lakefront home for an extremely steep property

I met this couple at The Mountain Home Show. They did not want a typical mountain style home. They loved oriental and island style homes, with quiet areas, subdued lighting, and water gardens. Because this would be a vacation home, everything must be low maintenance. Their dream was a home where their family can vacation together in the mountains. They also wanted to be able to rent the home to pay for itself.

Before meeting with me they had a surveyor produce a detailed drawing of their property, showing the contour of the ground, and the location of the trees. The trees were very important to them. The survey was very helpful. I was able to import the information into my computer plan, and we could see exactly where every tree would be in relation to the house.

This home is very large because the clients want it to be very welcoming to their extended family. It is planned to be built in two phases.

From the street the home will appear like two residences. Since the view will be to the back, there will be very little glass on this side. An enclosed glass walkway will bridge between the two parts of the home. A waterfall will flow right under this bridge.

On the lake side, there will be plenty of glass on each level. Notice how the home cascades down the steep slope. Behind the tree will be an arched bridge over a water garden. The main feature of this garden will be the waterfall that flows from the front of the home, under the glass walkway. This waterfall will be positioned to provide plenty of relaxing sound to many parts of the home.

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