House of Corkill

House ideas

The info below was based off of what we had planned and/or imagined back in January 2012. I believe our plans completely fit our visions!


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Beds 1 MBR, 3BR with additional dual-purpose guest space
Baths 1 master, 1 kids, 1 general (mudroom)
Sqft 4,100 as designed. More is not desired. Less could be better.
Lot 5 acres
Garage 2-car w/work space, storage
2-car garage/boat storage at lake level
HVAC Ground-source forced air, radiant
Water Well and septic
Fireplace Wood-burning, ducted: Quadra-Fire 7100 previously specified

Feature details

Existing improvements

2009 16k Ground source system with furnace
2009 12k* Eagle Axiom wood/aluminum windows and doors
2006 35k* ICF structure, foundation, trussed room above
2005 2k* Installed radiant Pex heat in floor and approaches
2011 6k Custom steel garage doors with direct-drive wall-mounted openers
Wine cellar/storm shelter
*raw material cost shown

Screened porch

Built-in banquet seating
Built in grill and fireplace w/gas, water, and electric plumbing
Installed radiant Pex floor heat


Fiber cement and composite stone (see attached photo)
Stained concrete and flagstone driveway
Flagstone back patio along house and extending screened porch
Terraced backyard – two levels, fire pit on lower level
Deck on south side upper story

Garage at lake level

26x24 two-car garage or boat storage
2007 Replaced roof
2008 Repainted


Wood-burning fireplace ducted (additional heat source), composite stone
Wood flooring throughout house
Tile in mudroom, screened porch, and upstairs bathrooms
Master bath with double sinks, walk in shower, tub
Master bedroom with walk in closet and deck
Kitchen: wood cabinets w/self closing drawers, solid surface countertop, high-end appliances…
Two-story vaulted great room overlooking lake
Farmhouse-style front porch
Mudroom and laundry room
Smart-home automated system
Outdoor shower


Master suite
Child rooms
Living room w/fireplace
Family room w/TV
Garage/mechanical room
Decks (screened, open)


Guest accommodations (2 adults minimum, 4 preferred), Possibility of care for a parent
Guest entertainment
Office at home (Engineering services, other)
Project space: Crafts, sewing, quilting
Exercise: Bowflex, treadmill, weights
Family time: e.g. Sunday night Nature, hammock in front yard, fire pit
Art and pictures
Passthrough space
Upright piano space – future possibility of a baby grand
Away space(s), library concept

Design drivers

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Corkill home objectives

We envision out home to be a nurturing and learning environment where we can get away from daily stresses of our busy, performance and media-immersive lives.

1. Enjoy the outdoors, take advantage of our lake location

Blend and blur indoors and outdoors. Make playing outdoors easy.

2. Have a home that will be inviting to others and conducive to entertaining

Give people a reason to drive 30 minutes into the country… and stay awhile.

3. Our retreat

We feel like we’re “away” when we arrive home.

4. Grow with us

Right now we have a toy room and very social children. Soon we’ll need more homework stations and away spaces.

5. Foster family togetherness

Creating integrated spaces doing double duty, children sharing bedrooms, and…

6. Efficiency

In both space use and energy use.

7. Integrating home and work spaces

Having a working parent available for school-aged kids in a time when work is not just 8 to 5.

8. Creative environment

A well thought out, structured and artful environment offers fuel for creative inspiration.

Challenge: In revisiting our plans, square footage, and needed functions we are somewhat frustrated to realize that the house is larger than we expected, and we seem to be having trouble fitting in all of the needed functions…