Brick and glass. Looking at the Bridgewater, you can't help but be struck by the extensive and creative interplay of these two elements. Brick detailing adds visual appeal to the chimney, windows, porch, and landscaping planters. Patterned window panes give a nostalgic, hand-crafted flavor.
Unlike many contemporary homes, this plan has a living room, a dining room, and a huge great room/kitchen. Double doors swing into the high-ceilinged living room where a wide-hearthed fireplace serves as a focal point. Glassed on three sides, this is a bright space. The narrow bayed nook in the dining room could hold a window seat.
The family room and eating nook are also richly illuminated. Four skylights bathe the nook in natural light, tall windows flank the fireplace, and more light washes in through French or atrium doors that access a screened porch.
While processing dishes at the kitchen sink, you can gaze across the long eating bar into any or all of these informal living environments. Appliances are built-in and there's plenty of counter and storage space, including a large walk-in pantry. It's only a few steps to the basement stairs, a small bathroom with a shower, and an exceptionally large utility room. Accessible from the garage, this space is outfitted with two storage closets, a long folding counter, overhead cabinets, and a deep sink.
The Bridgewater's master suite, along with a room that could function as a study, office, bedroom, or guest room, is off to the left. Luxuries include a generously sized walk-in closet, twin lavs, and a private toilet. The huge shower has three or four shower heads and a built-in seat.