A Multi-Tasking House: Sam’s Creek by Bates Masi Architects

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This contemporary house can rightfully be said to “have everything” — thanks to an elegant, livable design by Bates Masi Architects. That impression of “lots happening at once” is deliberate: as the architects say, “The clients, one of whom is the owner of a public relations company, requested that multiple activities could take place throughout the house without interruption; a dinner party could take place while simultaneously entertaining a group of children, or guests could come and go without disturbing the rest of the family.” Indeed, take a look at the house from the back yard — with its outdoor entertaining area and lavish pool — and you’ll see that you not only “have everything” at your fingertips, but within easy visible range, too.

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The house is a series of boxes walled by glass for friendly transparency — with mahogany boards on floors and walls for privacy. Travertine is both flooring for the terraces and cladding on portions of the “boxes,” each of which has independent controls: audio, video, and climate. Between the “boxes” are gardens and patios, bringing light and “green” to the proceedings. Perhaps the most striking detail here is the fireplace; it houses a coat closet and HVAC equipment behind a beautiful polished bronze façade. (A similar construction method was employed for the master bedroom headboard…with the substitution of leather strips for bronze!) With carefully planned transparency and space enough for a crowd, this home enables its owners to keep up with a busy lifestyle — and “get away from it all” at the same time.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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