“Along there is an actual pantry area that opens up and offers multiple levels of storage,” he concludes.
According to Orgren, the design of the master suite is such that the occupant could exist easily without ever needing to enter another part of home.
“We made the master suite as hedonistic and pleasure-filled as possible,” he explains.
For instance, he notes that the user can program a cappucino or espresso machine for a morning wake-up, or utilize the refrigerator and freezer for cold drinks.
He continues: “The suite also has its own laundry area, as well as its own view of the lake [and] a nearby porch. It is close to the family living area, but is separated enough that it could be a space for an elderly family member to stay, or a health-care worker to stay and care for the primary resident of the home.”
To help capture some of the outdoor aesthetics, Saxon notes that the design team used faux finishing that depicts vines on the walls.
“There was a lot of artistic work done to bring the inside out and the outside in,” says Orgren.
He continues: “We wanted an Old World look, but we also wanted to bring the British colonial light flavor in there.”
To accomplish this, he used a combination of light and dark brown, natural stone elements, such as on the stone flooring, and raised marble bowl on the vanity.
Citing the continued popularity of natural materials in the master bath, Saxon “mixed them up so we would have [the look of] old and new combined.”
Additionally, he points to the garden tub with a disappearing edge as another notable element in the master suite area.
“We also put in vanities with beautiful vessels on top of them, and, in between them, we kicked out the tub area to get some dimension on the outside of the home as well as the inside of the bath,” says Hannigan.
He adds that the chromatherapy tub from Kohler added an ornate feel since it was housed in a furniture-style element featuring cabinet faces on the front of it. The recessed ceiling between the tub and 6'x6' shower also enabled the design team to include body wash tiles from Kohler.
Hannigan continues: “There is also a make-up area with a granite top on both sides with a valance over the top of it, with lights on either side, sconce lighting and a mirror.”
Canac cabinetry was carried through all of the rooms of the master suite, leading into the master closet.
“This master suite is a real retreat. You can completely get away from what is going on in the home, but there is still easy access to the rest of the home [if needed],” Orgren concludes.
Despite its rich amenities, the design team worked hard to ensure that the ENERGY STAR-rated home was not only aesthetically pleasing, but cost-effective and easy to navigate, as well.
“The home is ADA-friendly, and the island, for instance, can be wheelchair accessible. That was part of the philosophy here, that the client would have the ability to make corrections at very little cost,” says Hannigan.
“They really can get around anywhere in the home, except, perhaps, the library upstairs,” he adds, noting that the home also features five stairwells and an elevator between the first and second floors.
“We ramped up a lot of the areas where we had the decking come in flush with the door, although we did not ramp down into the showers because we felt that the showers were good sizes and could accommodate those needs well,” concludes Hannigan.