Kristen Mason an architect with Joseph Tanney, Robert Luntz of Resolution 4: Architecture (RES4) designed this 2,368 sf dream home located on a lake front property in Bloomingdale, NJ. The contemporary residence is actually a second home for and single mother and her young son to provide them some respite from their busy Manhattan life. You enter the property from a winding dirt road to reach the gently sloped carport located to the side of the modern home. A peaceful view of the lake greats you upon your arrival, setting the tone for the experience of the lake house. The home was specifically designed with a long narrow form so that views of the lake would be visible from every room. The entryway is quite uniquely accented and beautiful, especially at night. Aside the stair leading into the home is a concrete wall with acrylic cylinders placed within it. These cylinders allow the penetration of sunlight during the day and are backlit at night creating both a decorative and functional effect for stairwell lighting. The stairs rise to the Ipe Wood Decking at the entry of the home.
The contemporary architecture of this beautiful home contains 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms along with a carport, study, playroom and lakefront deck. On the main living level, the gorgeously streamlined contemporary kitchen is located in the center of the open plan space with the dining area to one side and the living room on the other. All major appliances are kept neatly tucked away beneath the countertop in order to create a completely open and airy space. The kitchen also features pop up vents for cooking to meet building requirements while still maintaining the open aesthetic. The maple cabinetry topped with Caesarstone countertops and bamboo floors blend well extraordinarily well together.
There are sliding doors on both sides of the kitchen to let the breezes from the lake flow through the home. The owner requested the use of as much glass as possible to let in natural light and open up the modern interior design to the views of the wooded property and lake views. The abundance of glass also allows the mother to easily maintain a view of her son while he plays in surrounding yard. The first floor also contains the playroom and due to the fact that it mostly has walls of windows creative storage solutions were necessary. The play room, for instance, was fitted on one wall with floor-to-ceiling drawers to organize and contain everything from action figures to playmobile and legos.
The upper level contains two bedrooms and the master suite with attached bathroom. A second modern family style bathroom completes the top level. The bunk beds for one bedroom are creatively connected on the top via an arched bridge. This piece of furniture was specifically designed for the owner’s son and clearly he enjoys the feature.
The exterior of the home is clad in cedar siding, Azek Infill Panels and Cement Board Panels to give it a textured and multidimensional appearance. Throughout the interior of home the architecture is complimented by modern furnishings and lighting fixtures which all come together to form a peaceful and light filled escape for this city dwelling family. I’d like one of these someday. How about you?