Year built: 1981; renovated 2004
Square feet: 5,027
Baths: 4 full
Lot size: 3.54 acres
Taxes: $15,054 (2018)
A small house with a detached garage was once the standard in the suburbs. But this home, on a 3.54-acre lot, has been transformed to more than 5,000 square feet with an astonishing mix of steel, glass, concrete, exotic woods, and stone.
Revamped by the owners, the house — originally just 1,800 square feet — now has an entry like few others: a two-story box of steel and glass added in 2004 and tinted a shade of green that makes it blend into the trees. Adjacent, a three-car garage is tucked into what used to be an original part of the home.
Stepping inside (through a door mostly of glass), one arrives in a living room large enough to make a grand piano seem unobtrusive. The glassed area has a botanical presence, but it immediately feels cozy because the black concrete floor has radiant heat. Built into a wall of charcoal-colored tile is both a wood-burning fireplace and oven.
Two stairs lead to the kitchen, where the counters are a mix of wood and square glass tiles. There are multiple layers of glass-block windows above the sink. Some cabinets have translucent glass backs, allowing sunlight to play across them. The oven and gas range are built into an island with an overhang made out of what the current owners say is a single plank of Apa wood from Ghana. The flooring is gray tile. There is a full bath with a shower off the kitchen.
The flooring changes to pine with a clear finish to demarcate the dining/living area in the open floor plan. A door leads to a deck with steps down to a pool house, in-ground pool, and hot tub. Reachable from the kitchen and the living area is an office with built-inshelves.
Aeries are supposed to be atop mountains, but here there is an office/studio on its own between floors. It has multiple skylights, peaked ceilings, and a laundry room plumbed for a sink.
The master suite is on the second floor, separated from the other bedrooms by a French door that acts as a sound barrier and creates privacy.
The master bedroom is exceptional: With an antique-carved marble fireplace (think dragons and bunches of grapes), the space has a knotty-pine ceiling crossed by steel beams and a walk-in cedar closet around the corner. The floor is oak.
The master bath features a sink that looks like a goblet from a Middle Ages banquet hall. It’s a ceramic creation the current owner made in an on-site kiln, which has since been removed. There is a soaking tub encased in Apa beneath a set of windows and a separate shower with a tile backsplash.
The two other bedrooms on the second floor have lofts, creating room for independent thought. One has a craft area with a small sink.
The other bath on this floor offers another stoneware creation: a circular sink in the vanity, which has a stainless-steel top and blond wood legs. There is a shower behind a clear-glass door and a soaking tub.
The walk-out lower level has a bedroom — the original master — and a full bath with a clear-glass shower door and a floating porcelain single vanity.
Jeannette Creighton of Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty is the listing agent.
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