Final Stage Lake House Design-bedroom

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Mt. Juiliet, TN

I just thought I would shed some light on the architectural design process, because this is the first time I have done for myself, and am loving it. Below I walk through one of the design changes we made.

We are the last stages of designing the Lake House, and we are beyond excited about how it has turned out. The architecture is absolutely perfect for us: the perfect mix of modern, rustic feel, with great bones and views. We were about to finalize the plan, but there was something about the master bedroom that just didn’t feel the way I wanted- the shower was European with one room for the tub and shower, as depicted below. I loved the way this looks, but in reality, with me being an extremely cold person, I knew that the a drafty shower wouldn’t fly for me in the winter time. Also, the deck upstairs seemed very big, and with a roof top deck that my husband really wanted, it seemed a bit unnecessary. See below:

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I hate to change the plan so drastically on the architect towards the end (lots of re-drawing involved), but it is much better changing it on paper than when we are building! Our idea was to flip the entry to the other side, which gave us more privacy so when people enter, they aren’t walking right by our master. I also, wanted a bigger master bathroom, so decided to flip it towards to the deck, and make the deck smaller. This allows me to have my bath sort of “indoor-outdoor”, and puts my shower with the water view. I liked the idea of the bed facing the opposite way, and opening up the side wall with window to capture the beautiful view of the lake. It was a major reconfiguration, but gave us everything we were looking for:

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I gave these notes to the architect, and he came back with an even better floor plan, that makes the watercloset closer to the bathroom, and lays out more nicely, as depicted below:

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He is able to see things in his architectural software, that I cannot, like the fact that the stairs wouldn’t work like I drew them. He showed his reasoning for making the guest suit a smidge smaller, as depicted below:

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With these details being integrated in the final design, I feel so great about the final product. I have learned how much really thinking about the living of the space now, and communicating a lot with our architect, Alex Pettas, who takes our ideas and makes them a reality with his expertise. It is important to work with an architect that really cares about the space, and is willing to work through these changes with you. We went swimming up at the lake this last weekend, and even though the house is a broken-down mass that will soon be demolished, we can picture the beautiful home that is to come!

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