February 2013

Cast Your Vote for Readers' Choice  


Dear Friend,

Fine Homebuilding Houses Issue I'm excited to let you know that a house I designed with fellow Raleigh architect, Tina Govan, has been selected as one of ten projects in the running for Fine Homebuilding's 2013 HOUSES Readers' Choice Award.


Beginning February 18, Fine Homebuilding is asking readers to visit the contest page and vote on their favorite house.  Each voter can vote once a day until March 13th, (which we're hoping you'll do) and each vote also enters you for the chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab™ from Marvin Windows and Doors (who incidentally supplied the windows for our house).
Tina and I would love it if you could take a moment to check out our project and cast your vote, and to help us spread the word about the contest.  Our project is called the NC Mountain Lake House.

NC Mountain Lake House 
More images of the house can be found on my Facebook page or in this Picasa album


Voting will remain open until March 13, 2013. At the close of the voting period, votes will be tallied and the project submission voted the most popular -- the Readers' Choice -- will be featured in the HOUSES 2013 issue along with the winners in the categories of Best Energy Smart Home, Best New Home, Best Remodel, Best Retirement Home, Best Small Home and Editor's Choice.   


So here's what you can do to help:


NC Mountain Lake House kitchen 1. Go to the contest page to check out the entries and cast your vote for your favorite house.  (Tina and I are hoping you'll vote for the NC Mountain Lake House, but that of course is up to you!)


2. Set a reminder for yourself to return every day to vote.

3. Pass this Newsflash on to all the people you think will be interested in seeing the house, and ask them to cast their vote.  Just cut and paste the link to this page into an e-mail.  


A little more about the project

NC Mountain Lake House roof deck Over the past couple of years I've been collaborating with Tina Govan to design a house here in North Carolina, on a truly spectacular lakefront property, with panoramic views of the water and mountains beyond.  The couple for whom we designed the house wanted a place that would work well for just the two of them, but which could also expand to house their extended family when everyone gathered at the lake.  In essence, it needed to function as two houses in one.  

Living room window We conceived the house as a series of connected buildings with wide eaves and many outdoor spaces that offer the opportunity to move effortlessly from inside to out.  The house also exemplifies many of the principles I've written about in Home By Design, and over the next three weeks, the duration of the Fine Homebuilding contest, I'll be sending out three further emails describing a few of these key features, such as Doing Double Duty, Ceiling Height Variety, Inside Outside, and Light to Walk Toward, to name a few.

Home By Design I hope you'll enjoy learning more about the house in this way, and sharing these design principles with others if you feel so inclined.  No matter the size of your house, and no matter whether you are designing from scratch or remodeling what you already have, these principles can be applied to transform any house into Home.


Stay tuned and thanks for your support! (Remember-one vote a day!)  


Warm regards, 



Interior photos by Randy O'Rourke, courtesy of Susanka Studios   

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NC Mountain Lake House Team

Sarah Susanka, FAIA, Susanka Studios, and
Tina Govan, AIA,
Tina Govan Architect

General Contractor:
Ryan McLellan, Copperwood Builders

Interior Designer:
Traci Kearns,
Alchemy Design Studio

Landscape Designer: Jennifer Brown,
Green Meadow


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