coves where lights, heating grills, tracks for hanging art, and in some
cases window shades are hidden. Plaster walls are separated from door
and window trim by a slender reveal. The staircase has open risers and
glass where the balustrades should be. “The intention was to convey a
lightness of feel — a floating quality,” Kielman says.
Every detail was deliberately planned by the architects and precisely executed by the builders, down to a steel doorstop matching the band of steel inlaid in a rift-sawn oak
veneer door. Complementing their work, the owners, one
of whom is an accomplished artist, thoughtfully selected
fixtures, furnishings, and art that completed the refined
composition. “Only once in a while do you get a client who wants to live
in a piece of art,” says Chafe.
“The power of the project,” says Wagner, “is the complete integration of architecture and landscaping. You don’t know where the
architecture ends and the landscape begins. It’s a marriage of site and
a bluestone terrace
surrounds the lap pool at the
walk-out basement level.
Looking down from the deck
outside the master bedroom
(below) creates a sensation
akin to standing at cliff’s
edge. A deck of red meranti
(facing page, left) offers an
intimate setting to
experience the gentle lapping
sounds of the lake.