The Lake House: 1st Round Design

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Mount Juliet, TN

When I saw the email from Alex , our architect, with the first renderings of the lake house design, I kind of got that little kid on Christmas morning thing, where I couldn’t wait to open the presents. I did open it, on a plane, and studied them for an hour and a half, before deciding on the direction we wanted to go. He gave us 3 very different designs to have a starting point to navigate from. Check it out:

1st option – 2 story, 2900 square feet:

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We loved the façade of this one the most. As it stands now, though it is too big and will likely blow our budget with extra balconies, and the large living space.

2nd option – 1 story, 1500 sq. ft.

This floor plan is efficient – which is pretty much purpose in life, but I think we need more space if we want to have friends, rent out, etc.. Also, feels a little utilitarian on the inside.

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3rd option – 1 story, 1800 sq. ft.

I really liked they way this lived: separate entrance for guest suite, great open space for living, dining, kitchen, and the master bath tub faced the lake.

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Ultimately, after talking to Stephen, we decided that we really wanted the second story for a few reasons:

–sloped lot– when you drive-up you wouldn’t really see a house if it was 1 story
-more cost-effective square footage
-capture higher-up views of the lake
-felt “cozier”
-easier to add-on to later, should we want another bedroom

On the second story 1st plan, I sent Alex some notes to get the design to meet our original goals:

-need to cut down to 2400 square feet
-make guest suite bigger (so we can rent out)
-want master shower to face lake view
–move bedroom and bathroom downstairs, to eliminate a powder

I can’t wait to see what he will come back with in all his architectural brilliance! Then, it will be time to get engineering and submit for permitting, a slightly less fun part.

Development Takeaway: If doing a design-build, it is important (if you care time and money) to have a concerted direction. I really study plans, to consider my options for the allotted spaces, so we aren’t making changes later. It is also important for the architect to get a clear communication about needs and wants so he can design with them in consideration– the worst thing you can do to an architect is not have a united viewpoint, and waffle around in decision making!

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