By Lacey N. Howard
September 27, 2005
Jean Allsopp

Architect Gerrie King West of Folck West + Savage Architects inVirginia Beach, Virginia, wanted the home's design to reflect thearea's rich heritage. "I grew up here noticing the difference inarchitecture between Norfolk and Virginia Beach," Gerrie says.Recalling childhood memories, she combined details from botharchitectural precedents in designing the home's exterior. "One ofmy grandmothers lived in a shingle-style house in downtown Norfolk.The other had a wraparound porch," she says.

Inside, three stories of trim work, fireplaces, and built-incabinets all draw on the Norfolk vernacular. "And thenatural-finish wood doors inside tie in to the old-house feel," shesays. On the first floor, Gerrie planned a large, flowing space sothat views were captured from as many rooms aspossible―including the kitchen and living and dining rooms.The kitchen design produces the impression that the room hashistory. "The wide, level island, the built-in china cabinet, andthe difference in finishes give the effect," Gerrie says. Awalk-through pantry provides extra storage and elevator access,while the mudroom offers a small shower for rinsing feet, dirtydogs, or sandy children.

Three second-floor bedrooms each have private baths. One roomaccesses a covered balcony. The master suite, self-contained on thethird floor, also has a balcony, as well as a sitting area, bath,fireplace, coffee bar, and generous closet. Above the garage, theguest cottage comes equipped with its own kitchen, bath, andwalkway to the nearby cabana's crow's nest. The screened cabanahouses an outdoor kitchen and dining space.

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