This treasured residence presents a truly unique approach to home design and construction, especially here in the greater Lehigh Valley region. In addition to the distinguished butterfly roof, the layout of the entire home is essentially inverted. More specifically, similar to many vacation homes at the beach, this home was designed with the sleeping quarters on the first floor and the living quarters on the second floor in a genuine effort to help this wonderful family experience the picturesque views from an enjoyable elevated perch.
Also somewhat unique, although becoming more popular these days, is a walkout basement with an abundance of natural light specifically designed for the family’s in-law suite. While the space is connected to the main home, it also has its own dedicated entrance which still affords the opportunity for a much appreciated independent living experience.
While the lower two floors offer very comfortable and spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, perhaps the most striking aspects of this home reside on the top level. One notable example is the home’s signature butterfly roof, which becomes a prominent cathedral design element in each of the second floor spaces, most notably in the Great Room where the roofline rises up to afford an array of glass welcoming the beautiful horizon outside! Right next door is the bold Kitchen perfect for any home chef and adjacent Dining/Lounge Area with its delightful, cantilevered kitchenette bumpout. On the other side of the vertical stairwell with stainless steel cable railing is a ‘hidden’ Study and an illustrious Powder Room.
Helping to bring all these unique spaces together into one integrated composition are warm color tones and textures of natural wood and mixed metal work sprinkled throughout the home inside and out. In addition to the Great Room, you can also step outside onto the second floor balcony to experience a beautiful sunset or a magnificent starry night!
In addition to the impressive spaces, the home also delivers on performance. It’s energy efficient building envelope and advanced HVAC system coupled with LED lighting throughout help anchor very low energy bills month after month. And perhaps most importantly for the owners, despite all of the prominent glazing around the home, the operational costs may only be surmounted by overall interior comfort while still be able to consume the memorable distant views outside. Our firm is truly appreciative of the opportunity we had to craft this contemporary residence for their family!