Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JUL-AUG 2012

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Guests can enjoy outdoor cooking year-round in the all-season kitchen Leaving the main residence (a story in itself for another time) and stepping through the automatic, self-locking doorways, the first thing you notice is the floor. Seemingly fashioned from broad, lightly-stained wooden planks, it turns out that the material is in fact wood-grained Italian tile. Well-suited to heavy traffic and the rigors of entertaining, it appears practically indestructible. Passing by the changing rooms which serve the pool area, you arrive at a stately indoor-outdoor seating and dining area complete with professional barbecue grill and range hood. With Indiana's brooding climate, this is probably more indoor than outdoor, but in good weather, two large sets of French doors open onto the patio. Here, (another surprise) the Cape-Cod-style cedar shingles are fashioned from concrete, obviating the need for constant maintenance while retaining the elegance of old-school design. Te pool, of the infinite variety, comes equipped with industrial-grade water slide and overlooks a gas-fired crystal fire pit. Tere's a decidedly Tuscan feel to the surrounding low stone walls and irregular flagstones, setting the tone for the rambling semi-formal gardens beyond. Back inside, the main room is dominated by an extraordinary gambrel ceiling, unusual because it makes a ninety degree turn, creating an L-shaped 76 slmag.net

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