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First Floor Living & Dining Rooms

Essentially McMillan House is a two story (three including basement), two bedroom, two bath 2,600sf open floor plan (loft like) home. The master bedroom is open, airy, and integrated into the second floor master suite. The guest bedroom is private and secluded just off the dining room on the first floor.

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1st Floor Living Room

1st Floor Living Room (looking east)

1st Floor Living Room (looking south)

First Floor Living Room (looking west)

Dining Room (looking west)

Dining Room

First Floor Dining Room (as seen from kitchen)

1st Floor Living Room

  • A view of the first floor living room in the foreground with the kitchen in the background
  • Elevator & staircase at left
  • Maple ceiling panels with recessed lights define living room
  • Note north-south structural beam slicing through ceiling panels
  • Note east-west exposed joist indicating an implied hallway
  • Stained concrete floor

1st Floor Living Room (looking east)

  • Built-In bookshelves and lower cabinets are accessible from wheelchair
  • Stained concrete flooring is simple to clean and smooth surface for rolling wheelchair
  • Living room and kitchen area defined by maple ceiling panels
  • Note the longitudinal exposed joists implying an axial hallway
  • Open floor plan unifies space

1st Floor Living Room (looking south)

  • Right side (west wall) large floor-to-ceiling windows fill room with natural light
  • Left side shows east-west hallway
  • Right side shows living room and entry hall as defined by sectional sofa and area rug
  • Dining room to the right, just beyond clock on wall

First Floor Living Room (looking west)

  • Living room defined by coffee table & contemporary sectional sofa
  • Front door with full length windows and transom windows
  • Entry foywer defined by area rug
  • Exposed N/S structural beam cuts through maple ceiling panels
  • First floor office nook with built-in desk & cabinetry

Dining Room (looking west)

  • Exposed structural beams (supporting the second floor)
  • Reflected ceiling plan with exposed structure defining an implied E/W hallway
  • Raised chairs at breakfast bar
  • Entry foyer defined by area rug
  • Exposed N/S structural beam cuts through maple ceiling panels

Dining Room

  • Built-in cabinetry
  • Exposed structural beams (supporting the second floor)
  • Exposed E/W structural beam cuts through maple ceiling panels
  • Floor to ceiling windows with exit door to garden area

First Floor Dining Room (as seen from kitchen)

Overview

The first floor consists of three major rooms/areas: Entry/Staircase/Elevator/Living Room, Kitchen, Dining Room, Guest Bed and Bathrooms. The interior walls are not load bearing. They exist simply to define bathrooms and pantries. Each of the living, dining and kitchen areas are defined by floating maple ceiling panels above. Traversing the first floor on an east-west axis is an implied hallway as evidenced from above by the exposed beams and joists of the second floor. The first floor material is a 2” thick stained concrete. Stained concrete is simple to mop and maintain, not mention easy to roll around on in a wheelchair.

Flow

There’s a circular flow with no dead ends. Both the living and dining rooms are anchored with floor to ceiling windows. The benefit of floor to ceiling windows being two fold. They allow in plenty of natural light while giving the rooms a spacious feel beyond their actual size. The south wall of the living room consist of accessible built-in maple shelving above with cabinetry below. A large 50”x70” abstract painting becomes the focal point of the living room. The contemporary styling of a large sectional sofa, with a modern coffee table, faces the painting and compliments the modern aesthetic of the interior decor.

Entrance

Behind the sofa is an area rug that defines the entry sequence. Adjacent to the area rug is the steel staircase/elevator. The right staircase descends into the basement, the one on the left ascends to the second floor. Integrated into the center of the staircase is the elevator. The elevator panels consist of a 1/2” translucent plastic material that allows light into the elevator cab.

Dining

The east wall of the dining area consists of four floor to ceiling windows one of which is the back door leading out to a flagstone patio. At night the darkened windows create a private understated elegance while in the morning you can see the sunrise come about in the east. Built into the west wall of the dining room is a maple cabinet for storing linens and formal place settings.

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