You know you have reached perfection of design not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
When I first came across this new home I just felt like it had to be California built. It is about as far away from typical central Virginia architecture, and eons away from my much admired shingle style homes. I often find myself longing for a modern aesthetic that is minimalist enough that I could rush through the house with a power blower and the house would be clean in a minutes time…..no excess decor to dust, no magazine and books piled on the library table, just clean uncluttered surfaces in the kitchen to make cooking cleaning a breeze. There are just sometimes I wish for it, and really hard. Then, when I see a contemporary decor or modern flair, I look for a few minutes with the above mentioned thoughts, and then almost without realizing it, I am thinking, “Oh, wouldn’t it be amazing to put an oversized modern work of art over on that wall” and then, “oh, and yes, a piece of sculpture in that corner on an antique pedestal for contrast,” and then, “yup, that kitchen needs a couple of boldly colored items on the counter in that all white kitchen to add some life” and the entire minimalist idea in my head goes all to heck. I have such admiration when I see a beautifully designed modern space, yet as much as I say I would love to live in it, it would no longer be what it should be if I resided there. Every time I see a beautiful modern home exterior at night, all lit and glowing, they are the most beautiful homes to me. I guess it is time I sit down at my drafting table or pull up CAD and develop a modern exterior and see what I can do that would be ok for me on the inside.
This home is also about the views, and the views and did I mention the views?
This just-completed, 4-bedroom, 4,446 sq ft., 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, of stunning contemporary home provides jaw-dropping views and a sophisticated, elegant design. The main floor is comprised of a very large, open gourmet kitchen ,with a massive island, pro-style appliances and exotic wood cabinetry. The kitchen opens to the dining area, living area, wet bar (with its own sink and fridge) and a guest bedroom with its own private entry.
Below is a spacious pool deck with outdoor dining area, an outdoor kitchen, outdoor tv and a breathtaking, completely-tiled infinity spa and infinity pool. There is a sizable lawn and garden area, with a border of shade trees — the perfect place to tap into your inner Zen, throw a Frisbee, kick a soccer ball or play with your pets.
Two additional bedrooms sit on one side of the house, and on the other – all to itself – is the truly masterful master suite, with its own outdoor terrace, spa-like bath, and spacious double walk-in closets.
Broad openings with telescoping Fleetwood doors allow the year-round enjoyment of the Southern California weather and the spectacular views. This new construction sold quickly and for more than $5,000,000.
I hope you enjoyed a tour of the amazing home. Architecture and interior design is so powerful, because it does implore you to react to it. Over many years in the design field I have been fortunate to see amazing design, and although it may not always be my preferred aesthetic, it helps you refine your own, as well as your appreciation of it all. It also has made me say to myself so many times…..I will not live long enough to design and live in all the houses and utilize the ideas that are still in my head. It is a passion that increases in me still.
Thanks as always for stopping by. Laters, charisse