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A House on the Water Inspiration for Living at the Water's by Robert Knight

By Robert Knight

Dwelling in a home at the water is a nearly common hope. individuals are obviously interested in the water -- either for activity and rest -- and websites at the water promote speedy. yet what's it quite prefer to survive the water? Maine architect Robert Knight explores 24 houses during this ebook that characterize awesome examples of the connection of apartment to water -- beach, lakeside, and riverside -- with transparent clarification of the layout and development information essential to create a gorgeous condo which can face up to the occasionally serious stipulations on the waters side. With assistance from three hundred colour photographs and placement plans, a home at the Water offers with those concerns effectively, and the options to those technical difficulties increase the standard of the layout instead of forcing compromises in it. no matter if you're actively making a domestic on the waters part or just dreaming approximately it, a home at the Water offers either idea and useful layout recommendation for a house that respects the sea coast, matches into the environment, and is outfitted to resist the original stipulations of the positioning for generations to come back. «Bob Knight is a sailor and an architect. His lifelong event with boats, how they take a seat within the water, how they do the activity for which they have been meant, how gracefully they deal with their setting are all mirrored in Bobs method of houses and their layout. His paintings is expert, yet no longer restricted to, the sensibilities of conventional layout. Like an exceptional naval architect, the result is a venture that matches its harbor or site.» --John okay. Hanson Jr., Maine Boats & Harbors journal «A apartment at the water is the dream of many. listening to the slap of waves. having fun with the environment sunlight shimmering like crimson paint at the water. observing birds skim over the skin. Bob Knight offers us with such impressive houses, stunning photographs, and the desire that sometime we, too, may have a house at the water.» --Michael Carlton, domestic & backyard Editor, Yankee journal «Emphasizing the methods reliable structure impacts notion and temper, Robert Knight deals worthy classes in easy methods to create a waterside domestic that embraces either its website and its occupants.» --Jeff e-book, Senior Editor, Coastal dwelling in regards to the writer Architect Robert Knight, AIA is the primary and founding father of Knight affiliates in Blue Hill, Maine. Knights homes have seemed in a few courses, together with Tauntons developing the no longer So mammoth apartment.

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Ironically, building a house on a seemingly perfect lot is not without its challenges. The west-facing point was spectacular, but building on it would expose the house to the harsh northwest winter winds that come sweeping down the river. It would also mean cutting down a large number of old- 36 Designing a year-round home in northern climates is particularly challenging because the winters are so severe. Here, the building is spread out from east to west with broad expanses of windows to capture the low winter sun.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has panoramic views of the lake, but the owners’ favorite spot is the roof deck that they built between the master bedroom suite and the new garage (see the top photo on p. 59). Because the renovation called for adding a fireplace in the den below, Sally and Kurt decided to take advantage of the chimney run FIRST FLOOR PLAN dining room kitchen sunroom living room garage Careful attention to details like this inlay in the sun porch floor gives a house a strong sense of composition.

The relaxed layout is an intentional reflection of the way the owners like to live and also of ı The master bedroom is away from the main living space, down a hallway that is easily missed on first pass. Though the views from the bedroom are not as spectacular as those from upstairs, the owners make up for it with direct access to the outside and complete privacy. ABOVE the rambling nature of the site. However, the house needs enough compositional strength to hold its own when seen from the water—a casual collection of boxes wouldn’t do.

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