Peaceful and playful, this Chatham home is spectacular!
Off this living room is a small study, an ideal spot for either getting some work done or lounging in. From here the homeowners can step outside to the lower-level deck and watch the boats sail by on the pond, or enjoy a quiet afternoon meal on the patio. The stairway to the second floor, which is filled with light from a tall, elegant arched window, leads you to the center of the house, “where all roof geometries come together,” says Schneeberger. The ceiling in the “rotunda” reflects the roof deck above it. That roof deck is a circular widow’s walk—the ultimate place for solitude, and perhaps star gazing at night.
Newton is especially proud of the fine craftsmanship that went into the making of the “ship’s ladder” style staircase that leads to the widow’s walk. “It sweeps up the wall following the wall’s radius,” he explains. “The treads, stringers, balusters and handrails are all fabricated in matching Sapele mahogany. When viewed from the center of the room, it appears that the handrails and stringers are twisting up toward the widow’s walk in a serpentine curve. Complex work like this is hard to achieve, but it was flawlessly executed by the stair builders.”
Radiating from this center, the master suite is deliberately situated on the quiet side of the house and opens out to the curved upper deck overlooking the pond. The boys’ bedrooms, bathrooms and a laundry room are located on the other side of the second floor and boast pond views.
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