Maximize Your Surroundings
- Make sure you locate as many important rooms as possible to take advantage of the setting. For instance, you would want your family room--not the laundry room--to overlook a picturesque vista.
- Along with room orientation, the amount of windows your plan calls for also makes a huge difference. There's no need to live on a beautiful piece of property if you can't see it.
- Choose certain natural features, such as a mountain range, large tree, garden, or a body of water, to focus your house on or around.
- Work with the existing slopes and contours of your property so that your home fits in with the overall lay of the land.
Set Your Sights on This
Approached by a bridge from the parking court, the main level consists primarily of a 21- x 45-foot room containing the kitchen and living area. "Once you've entered, a ribbon of windows provides a panoramic view of the property," says Donald. Further opportunities for sightseeing can be found on a comfy screened porch located at the back of the main room.
"2007 Southern Home Awards: Best New Home" is from the October 2007 issue of Southern Living.