Weekend House with Elbow Room: Eltham South by Wolveridge

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This reconfiguration of a weekend home owes its ultra-modern detailing to the owner’s background — and to interesting design elements by Wolveridge Architects. Yes, it’s different from its surroundings; its low-slung styling contrasts sharply with the more conventional rooflines around it. Built on a hill, it uses the elevation to advantage: note the manicured yard area anchored by a fire pit in one corner and given both spatial and height separation by means of retaining walls and well-placed greenery. Large expanses of glass enable a view of the yard and entertaining area, day or night, while at the same time white concrete walls form an effective privacy screen for the al fresco dining area. An openwork “roof” above that dining space provides dappled sunlight; shade comes from wood walls.

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Through sliding glass doors, you see an open-plan sitting room, handy kitchen and bar, fireplace, and entertainment center bathed in natural light. Proceed further through the home and you find bedrooms with low windows that make you feel tucked away in the midst of the woods. There’s plenty of elbow room here for a family as well, with one large bedroom that holds four bunk beds! A sleek bath features umber-toned marble walls and pure white fixtures that include an oval soaking tub and rain shower; in unique minimalist style, you can look right at the pipes under the sink in a doorless “cabinet.” With comfort all around and well-planned privacy, this Eltham South house makes the most of its location in casual, chic style.

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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).