Upon recently moving to the Lehigh Valley for a new job, these wonderful young clients were looking to craft their growing family’s dream home! With one child in tow and one more on the way, it was imperative for them to design and build a home that meets all their needs both spatially and aesthetically – all while ensuring a ‘smart’, high-performance, energy-efficient experience day after day.
On the exterior, this contemporary home with deep roof overhangs utilizes a creative blend of stained cedar, painted composite siding, and stone veneer. Furthermore, the home is sited nicely into the hillside exposing a welcomed walk-out basement ripe for finishing in their next phase of the project. Out back on the rear covered porch, light a crisp fire and experience the picturesque setting complete with the soothing sounds of an active running stream passing through.
On the inside, enjoy an expansive open floor plan on the first floor with a welcoming two-story foyer that leads directly into the adjacent dining room (currently being used as an open play area while the kids are still small). From there, a voluminous great room with its sultry stone fireplace anchors the nearby chef’s kitchen with pass-through pantry (from the mud room perfect for handling the groceries) and quaint light-filled breakfast nook. Rounding out the first floor are the office, powder room, guest suite with a generous full bath, and a spacious mud room packed with loads of storage and a sizable dog wash.
On the second floor, enjoy the custom laundry room, three kids’ bedrooms, and a unique full bathroom complete with its own water closet, a tub/shower, and a separate shower. And across the ‘bridge’ overlooking the foyer and great room below lies the majestic master suite. Experience relaxing weekends in bed by the fire watching a movie, soothing evenings in the freestanding tub with a roomful of RGBW LEDs to help set any desired mood, or vibrant mornings outside on the private covered balcony with a cup of coffee taking in the sight and sound of the surrounding flora and the nearby running stream. With all these exciting spaces around the home, our clients also love all of its energy efficient and green features, including the home automation system spearheaded by our beloved homeowners – all (HVAC, security, audio, lighting, fans, blinds, and fireplaces) of which can be controlled via a smart phone. The building envelope is insulated and air sealed for maximum energy savings and comfort throughout the seasons; and the efficient water heating and LEDs lighting around the home keep overall operational and maintenance costs low. This home is truly a marriage of comfortable contemporary design and high-performance, high-tech construction. And we are eternally grateful to have been a part of this exciting project!