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Home Designs for View Lots

A View Lot refers to a home building site with a pleasing view. These are often some of the more expensive properties in a community and may include waterfront, golf course and hillside properties. As you would expect, the home design should capitalize on the premium views but there may be more than just the view to consider.


With a nod to mid-century modern architecture, this inviting home is warm and comfortable despite its flamboyant appearance. Although the design shouts, “Let’s throw a party!”, the layout offers privacy for the owners and guests. At a total size of only 64’-8” x 81’-4”, this incredible home fits on a lot that’s only 80 feet wide.
Modern Lakefront Home

The rear elevation may be just as important as the front of the house. Waterfront and golf course homes may actually be viewed more frequently from the rear. Many home designs never consider home important the rear may be.


Designed for a repeat customer in Winter Park, this Stately Manor features innovative ideas and functional spaces.   ​  A grand entry turret welcomes visitors though the front courtyard to the foyer with a dramatic staircase. A hint of the secluded upper library is visible as the stairs wind around the foyer. A private study is just off the foyer and secluded from the busier areas of the home.     In the other direction, a grand room has enough space for a large family gathering. For a family that loves to cook and entertain, the kitchen is the heart of the design. The formal dining space adjacent to the kitchen can be used every day or for special occasions, and a quaint cafe off the corner of the kitchen is just right for a few to gather.     Off either of the dining spaces, the Indoor-Outdoor room can be part of the living space or opened up to be part of the back porch. The versatile design creates an outdoor living space that can be used any time of the year.
European Manor

Did you know that the rear elevation of the iconic Falling Water house by Frank Lloyd Wright is actually only seen if you walk into the woods behind the house?


Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright

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Waterfront homes should look good from the back as well as the front. Part of our "legacy collection", this home is the place that everyone refers to as "home". The floor plan works for an empty nester couple but still has plenty of space for family and friends.
Sweetwater View

Open designs with lots of glass to capture the views may create privacy concerns. The location and orientation of specific rooms and the outdoor space should be considered. Screen walls and varying levels may be part of the design solution.


The one-of-a-kind design is the place where extended family and friends all want to spend their holidays. The floorplan is welcoming for large gatherings and overnight guests but still works when the owners are at home by themselves.  ​  While the floorplan is accommodating, it's the outdoor spaces that really make this home a winner. The outdoor living area has spectacular lake views and the outdoor kitchen has earned the title of "Sports Bar". Upstairs there's also a screened balcony overlooking the lake that will be great for sleeping on pleasant nights or relaxing with an evening cocktail.  ​  Within the house, the great room plan features an open kitchen and family dining area plus a multi-purpose room that can be used for formal dining or a study. There are secret doors in the kitchen to enter the pantry and access the formal dining room. There's also a guest suite on the first level along with an office near the front door. The side-entry garage is oversized and there is a separate entry for family and friends that park on the driveway.   ​  The second level features two conventional bedrooms, a bunk room, adult playroom, home theater and another balcony. Unfortunately, it's so nice that guests may not want to leave.
Lakefront Farmhouse

Sunset views are often the most desired but the late afternoon sun can make west-facing spaces unbearable at times. Deep overhangs and covered porches are among the solutions. Retractable screens can help cut the heat and glare, and have the benefit that they can be raised and lowered as needed.


This modern beach home was designed for repeat customers that didn't want to do this without us. Currently under construction on the ocean just north of Jupiter Inlet, Florida, this special home has a laid-back feel with a retro California flavor. It would be easy to imagine a vintage woody stationwagon in the garage with a long surfboard on top.  ​  While offering lots of privacy, the entry courtyard invites you to proceed to the large pivoting entry door. The exterior is modern but still feels warm with wood accents that are actually porcelain tile for ease of maintenance. Hidden from view is a rooftop terrace to view the sunset at the end of the day.  ​  Of course the rear beachside of the home focuses on the ocean but so does the lifestyle. Outdoor living spaces, balconies and indoor areas that open up to the outside, create a seamless transition between inside and outside that can be potentially enjoyed for most of the year. There are so many areas to gather and entertain or relax that you need to mix it up a little to keep from overlooking anything.
California Retro Beach Home

A number of our previous designs feature attractive rear elevations. Let us know if we can design one for you.

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