When the wind and snow swirl outside, so do the restless minds of our designers. In our effort to be the best and our continued dedication to innovation and creativity, Croix Design has been holding small, inter-office design competitions. These challenges are to take a conventional idea, with a few twists to really get us thinking outside the box. The results are new and exciting homes we are excited to share and offer to the world!
This winter’s challenge was a spin on the traditional two-story home. Each house had to fit within a 50’ x 50’ foundation, remain around 2200 square feet, and feature a unique stair feature. All too often we fall into the trap of the “easy” stairs, a traditional U-shaped set to the immediate right or left of the entryway. This home aimed to challenge that, and the result is an impeccably designed home that you cannot find anywhere else.
A large, covered front porch leads to the recessed entryway, between the flex room and contemporary reverse-style three-car garage. The flex room to the left of the entry features two window sets for a wash of natural light, as well as a built-in shelf and decorative soffit over the pair of French doors. Beyond the entry lies the spacious, open floor plan. A fireplace flanked by built-in cabinets anchors the great room space, while the long kitchen island and windows extend your eyes toward the dining area at the rear. An arched opening leads to the powder room and generous mud room, complete with a bench and locker space. The wide stair leads to the upper level.
The second floor stairwell with open railing and tall window at the landing bring extra size to the space. A full bath with dual vanities, as well as the upstairs laundry room lie to one side. Down the hall lies three of the four bedrooms for any size family. The master suite composes the rear corner of the second floor, with a vaulted ceiling. A luxury bath with whirlpool tub and glass-walled shower opens to the master closet, with additional built-in shelving and a transom window for daylight.