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Loft-style living might not automatically come to mind when planning a country house, but that was precisely the look required for this vacation home. Interior designer Paul Siskin says he loves the idea of living in one big great room, and it seemed a perfect solution for his new home in the country. “I have never really liked the idea of lots of small, separate spaces,” he says. “It makes much more sense to me to have one large, flowing space, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and no window treatments. It 22 was also a way to maximize the great view from all sides of the house, which sits on a ridge – there are often wild turkeys and deer wandering past.” Siskin says he was initially taken with the idea of the Philip Johnson Glass House, which was mentioned in early discussions with architect Joan Chan. “The concept is wonderful, but in reality, I could see it would help to be able to close off a few of the walls.” With this in mind, Chan created a highly symmetrical plan for the house, search | save | share at placing the living area at the center and bedroom wings off either side. The central living space features 12ft ceilings, which step down to 10ft ceilings in the two wings. The symmetry and stepped roofline give the house a formality that belies the relaxed lifestyle within. “Although this is a modern house, it has a classical scheme,” says Chan. “In a sense, we started with a solid rectangular form and carved out a series of L-shaped voids that let in the light, including a high entry hall with a skylight.”