This morning I am linking to an article on my husband’s architecture here in North Carolina. Dragonfly House was featured today in “Home & Garden” section of The Raleigh News and Observer’s series put together as a collaboration between the Home & Garden section of the paper and the North Carolina State University Design Initiative. The featured architecture was selected by a panel of experts whose mission was to highlight the benefits of good home design and represent the diversity of homes and home renovations of North Carolina architects.
As you can read in the article, as far as we are concerned, all design starts with the site! This house is on a very small lakefront lot in an exclusive golf course community in Wilmington, North Carolina. Only 11-ft. from one neighboring house and 14-ft. from the other, this house was designed to open up to an inner courtyard containing a pool AND look out over a million-dollar view of a beautiful lake complete with a nesting pair of swans, a beautiful golf course setting on the far side, and a sun-setting western exposure. Once inside this house, you would never even know you had a neighbor!
Here are a few photographs of the house, although some are not the best. Here is the money shot of the home on it’s lake setting.
Here is the site plan showing the house on its lot and the floorplan:
On the lower left, you can see the house situated among it’s neighbors. While the Dragonfly house is oriented for views to its interior courtyard and the lake, the other houses are typical box-type houses with windows peering into each others kitchens, living areas and bedrooms.
This is a view when entering the home through the courtyard gates. The main family/living room straight ahead has all glass curtain walls looking into the interior courtyard on one side and out over the lake on the other side.
Here is a view of the kitchen from the dining area that really does not show you too much. The floors are Brazilian cherry and the cabinetry and bar is Anegre wood with Absolute Black granite tops. The fashionable bar stools are designer stools called “Baba Bar Stools.” Sorry for the poor quality photographs.
This is a view of the large family/living room looking toward the kitchen/dining area. To the right is the wall of glass that looks out over the lake. The walls in this room are mahogany again with Brazilian Cherry floors and anegre wood built-ins. The blue wall at the end of the stair axis to the left of the photograph contains a beautiful stained-glass piece designed and built by the owner of the house.
Who is the architect you ask? Michael Ross Kersting. Visit his website at Kersting Architecture.