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Riverhouse

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This project was to design and build a three bedroom low maintenance home on the Etowah River in Georgia. The outside of the home is natural cyprus  weathered naturally so that there is no future painting, staining or sealing of the exterior of the home. Gutters are placed only where the home is entered or a deck would cause the rain runoff to splatter back onto the house. Gutters are open ended so that leaves wash out of them and there is no gutter cleaning. The house has three foot overhangs to further protect the home from the elements. The yards are mulch so that there is no grass to maintain and the deer maintain the shrubbery. The home is a floor plain design and has caissons under the foundations that go down to the bedrock, as well as “blow out” louvers in the crawl space for pressure equalization should the river ever overflow its banks and get under the house. All air conditioning units, inside and out and water heaters are above the 100 year floodplain.

The entry porch off the driveway has seating and double doors into the cyprus lined entry. The entry opens into the story and a half living and dining room which has a view of the river across a dropped deck that does not block the view or the river. The living room, dining room master bedroom and hall ways have Brazilian teak floors. There is a screen porch between the dining area and the river.

The custom gourmet kitchen is off the living dining room and has an eating bar into the dining area. The countertops are granite and the floor is ceramic tile.

The entry has a spiral stairway up to a loft which looks across the living room and out to the river. The loft has a full bath for sleeping and railings that can be removed for getting furniture up to the loft.

The very large master bedroom has a view to the river as well as a door to the sunken main river deck. The master bath has a Jacuzzi tub and a large walk in ceramic tile shower, his and her vanity with granite tops, a commode room and a large walk in closet.

Each of the other two bedrooms has private baths, and a riverside deck.

With this home there is nothing to do except enjoy nature, quiet surroundings, play or fish in the river and no maintenance.

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