S P O T L I G H T
G E R E N D Á K
The most important benefit of exposing the structure
is the effect it has on your senses within the space.
In 2020, Lynn Luxury Homes was invited to join a team of specialists to build one of the regions's most extraordinary homes designed by architect Toby Witte. The modern residence, named Gerendák, was to be situated on a steep sloping lot in The Sanctuary at Lake Wylie with stunning views of the lake. The overarching functional stipulation was that the home needed to be lived in and enjoyed without stairwell transitions to move about the main living spaces. To resolve the issue of cantilevers sticking out high over the lake without the use of any stairs, it was decided to cut a set of stone walls into the hill, creating a platform on which the house would be erected. This artificial cliff would allow the homeowners to enter from the street on the ground floor on one side and walk into essentially thin air on the other sides via artfully suspended living space pods. Henceforth, the architect wittingly entitled this brilliantly creative project case study "Over The Edge."
I'm inspired by great architecture and rewarded by the comaraderie
that ensues in our collective quest to bring every detail to fruition.
Lynn Luxury Homes is the ideal builder for a challenging collaborative effort such as this one. Gerendák was on a steep slope. Its owners wanted a one-level design: a minimalist modern environment suitable for aging in place. And The Sanctuary at Lake Wylie had strict architectural guidelines. The materials, construction methods, and detailing required were essentially new or difficult to implement by local trades and distributors. Nothing would be impossible in the end. The team had an unbridled passion for seeing it through all its hurdles.
A canopy of old hardwoods surrounds the structure in a conserved native natural setting. Each living space is enclosed in three sides of glass, blurring the lines between inside and outside: A tree house effect. No matter where you are sitting, you are amongst the treetops with stunning views of the lake below. The exposed structure of the home also offers a unique opportunity for sustainability. The posts are designed to be narrow in one dimension, not to obstruct views, but wide in the other to serve as vertical louvers that shield from the heat of the western sun. The addition of a solar panel system and high-performing windows from Germany ensure a tight, well-insulated building envelope that has achieved an impressively low HERS index rating of 6.
He captured everything we were looking for, even if we couldn't put it into words.
It is simply breathaking.
GERENDÁK FEATURES + DETAILS
Energy-Efficient Modern Architectural Design
Cantilevered Master Suite
Multiple Bedroom Suites
Lower Guest Lounge With Covered Patio
Cantilevered Studio Office
Hidden Office Nook
Salt Water Pool and Spa
Limestone Pool Deck & Grilling Area
Courtyard with Water Features and Floating Firepit
Cantilevered Wooden Balcony
Natural Stone and Cedar Exterior
Stainless Steel Exterior Flashing & Trim
Solar Powered Roof Panel System
Solar Integration Backfeeding Local Grid
Natural Gas Whole House Generator System
High Performance German Engineered Windows
Air Sealed & Spray Foam Insulated
Fresh Air ERV System
Electrical Vehicle Charger
Outdoor Covered Balcony Heaters
Hidden Video Projector & Drop Down Theatre Screen
Automated Window Shades
Tankless Water Heating System
Smart Water Detection System
Floor and Towel Heating Systems
Lake Water Irrigation System
Energy Star Certified
HERS Index 6
Native Tree Harvesting Upcycled into Furniture
Control 4 Smart Home System for Interior + Exterior Lighting, Audio/Video, HVAC, Security System, Entry + Garage Doors, Boat Dock, Pool + Spa and Outdoor Heating.