The client purchased a beautiful piece of property in Oldham County that had spectacular views to the front and back.These views were of utmost importance to them, so we drew up a plan that allowed sight both out the front and back at the same time from a central living and dining space.
We accomplished this with twelve foot ceilings that vaulted up to twenty feet in the center and had dormers running down the entire front and back of the house. Porches were provided at the front and back for relaxing and enjoying the sunrise and sunset.
Our clients requested a Craftsman style home, and so we added large overhangs and exposed rafter tails and bracketing in the Craftsman style. A mixture of cement board siding and brick with tapered columns was the chosen material for the exterior siding.
In addition to the home, the owner requested a barn, observatory, and artist studio built on the site. The 13,000 square foot barn will be used for motorcycle restoration and airplane storage.
Plans are being made to purchase a grain silo and modify it for the observatory.
This was such an exciting project to master plan and design, and bringing all of the pieces of the design together in a harmonious way presented many challenges.
For example, the home was located on a county lines and had three different utility companies, so power lines and water lines had to be buried and relocated.
Finding an economical and visually-appealing location for the barn without too much topography was also a challenge, as a flat site is best when building a barn.
Another important design challenge was to locate the front and rear views so they were available in multiple places throughout the house and from the outside.
I love a good design and build challenge!