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  Private Residence, Page 36Private Residence
69 Public Square, #1000, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania
Total Square Feet: 6,410
Construction Period: Nov 2001 to Mar 2003

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: E. D. Pons & Associates - 70 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Joybeck Custom Builders, Inc. - P. O. Box 170, Hawley, PA 18428
INTERIOR DESIGN: Stella Bost Interiors - 50 Stoney Brook Road, Shavertown, PA 18708

This private residence was designed as a year-round 'country house' by Eyerman-Csala-Hapeman & Handman Architects for a retirement home for their client along as a vacation retreat for the client's children. Preservation of the wooded setting was paramount to the design team.

The long narrow wooded site, which extends downhill to Lake Wallenpaupack is bordered by wetlands to the northwest. A small plateau two-thirds of the way down was selected as the building site.

A gentle curving driveway, bordering the wetlands, ends in a circular turnabout at the building site. The building footprint forms an "L" embracing the turnabout to the south. The long leg of the "L", including a breezeway and garage, borders the wetlands. The short leg, containing the residence, faces the lake to the southwest. Located at the downhill edge of the plateau, the main floor is the entry level with a lower level (a future Rathskeller) completely open to the lake. The breezeway extends under the second floor to an elevated deck facing the lake.

The design team conceptualized a home of rugged style and architectural complexity whose interiors offered traditional comfort and generous lake views. To achieve this aim, attention was given to the interior use of exterior architectural elements such as heavy timber and stone. Furnishings were selected for durable ease. An open floor plan provided informality in public ares, focusing on a large Rumford fireplace in the living room under a massive stone chimney. Wide plank hickory flooring was selected, and wood beams were stained to match. Custom details such as a second floor bridge, railings and a glass block wall articulate the vaulted entry. Colors throughout were selected to reflect the natural woodland setting and to harmonize with the golden reflections from the lake.

DIV 04: Simulated Stone: Cultured Stone.
DIV 07: Fiber-Cement Siding: Hardiplank®.
DIV 08: Windows: Pella; Doors: Simpson.

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