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This French Manor home marks a commanding presence over its neighborhood. Right away, rich hand-applied stucco and a real slate roof set a tone of authenticity and luxury. A theatrical curved stair leads the visitor indoors into a barrel vaulted foyer space that displays a sculptural stair that creates a strong vertical link between the three floors. The core of the house includes a dining hall, library, family room, and a unique breakfast room and office that are perched in octagonal, two-story, tower-like spaces. A rear hall forms an L-shape and leads back to the family garage as well as an avid motorist's sports car garage. As the family comes and goes each day, they capture long distance views along this hall, through a covered porch, and out to a meticulously landscaped garden and pool terrace that recall the perfection of European estate gardens. The family experiences this central outdoor space many times throughout the day and remain stimulated by natural beauty and light. A vaulted loggia also forms a boundary to the outdoor space and is an exquisite expression of the dynamic flow of space that connects the master suite to the rest of the house. The interior details recall the early character of manor homes and enliven the voluminous rooms with an authentic charm that is at a human scale. The elegance of the home is grounded in family-oriented design, including a third story children's art studio and teenage loft, and lower level game and media rooms, making this home that is indulgent in form, also practical in function. Shapiro & Company Architects was selected to design the overall project as well as the interior architectural details. Please click here to view this home's interior.
Contractor: Kircher-Belz Builders LLC
Interior Architect: Shapiro & Company Architects, P.C.
Landscape Architect: Kaiser Trabue Landscape Architecture, Inc.