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  Private Residence, Page 26Private Residence
12 Farnsworth Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

Newburgh, Indiana
Total Square Feet: 5,952
Construction Period: Oct 2001 to Aug 2002

Construction Team
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: R.A. McGillem Construction, Inc. - 8300 Bell Oaks Drive, Newburgh, IN 47630
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Hawksworth, Bibb, Inc. - 1 Mount Vernon Street, Winchester, MA 01890
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: David Berarducci Landscape Architecture - 12 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210

The single story residence with a loft space is part of a community located on Paradise Lake in Newburgh, Indiana. The residential enclave is part of a development associated with nearby Victoria National Golf Club, a Golf Digest Magazine Top 50 rated course in America. The owners of the home, also the course founders, retained Spalding Tougias Architects, Inc. to design their home. The firm was also responsible for the design of the golf clubhouse (refer to DCD, Sept/Oct 2000).

The site excavation, like the nearby clubhouse, required the removal of mining spoil and compaction of backfill to insure proper soil bearing capacity. Block walls form the foundation walls and the wall framing utilizes 2 x 6 wood studs with pre-engineered trusses configuring the roof.

The program consists of a living wing to one side of the front entry with a centrally located kitchen serving the living room, dining room, breakfast, family and enclosed porch areas. Above the kitchen is an office/loft, which acts as a play/sleep area for visiting grandchildren. Above the loft, ascended by ladder only, is the "crow's nest", which affords a view down the lake. On the opposite side of the main entry is the sleeping and service wing including the master bedroom suite, three guest bedrooms, laundry room, golf cart and automobile garage.

The main entry is illuminated with an eyebrow window above and a curving glass wall offering a dramatic view down the lake's longitude affording a vista to the 10th hole. The curved wall acts as a transition to the living room beyond which is open to the ridge and loft above and is spanned by the cherry wood finished trusses. The dining room faces the front of the house, which is framed with a circular paved drive court accented with purple flowering cherry trees and a manicured combination of bent grass lawn and blue grass border.

The lake side of the house has a longitudinal view down Lake Paradise. The landscape scheme utilizes the drop in grade down to the lake elevation by incorporating a source pool outside the porch, which supplies a winding stream, and rock bed with a series of falls culminating into the lake. A parallel footpath punctuated by the falls and shallow pools leads to a circular stone promontory. A series of terraces ascending from the promontory connects with a grass ellipse on the northeast portion of the property.

The house interior incorporates a combination of cherry and maple woodwork for doors, cabinets and finish work on the trusses, loft stair and millwork items. The main circulation areas are tiled while the living, dining and bedrooms are carpeted. Four separate heating and cooling zones serve the house.

The house plan is organized by the two main wings linked by a shallow center entry allowing a through view down the lake.

DIV 04: Stone: Centurion.
DIV 07: Fiberglass Shingles: GAF Timberline®.
DIV 08: Windows: Weathershield; Garage Doors: Ideal.

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