“I designed this house trying to envision the family that would live in it. My thoughts often include the sounds of children running and laughing. I think about how people will live and be happy in my houses.”
His vision includes easy parking and unloading the car – pull into the circular driveway, bring the groceries and kids into the kitchen area. There’s a landing spot and charging station in the kitchen, a large mud room for kids’ stuff and coats, a laundry room, a powder room. “I arranged the kitchen with a bank of giant windows overlooking a hundred-year-old oak tree,” with four-season interest. “Then you turn around and there’s the family room in the background and a big kitchen island for casual dining and homework.” Then the family room connects to outdoor rooms.
Neal hasn’t forgotten that work happens at home sometimes. Just inside the front door is a fully functional office, with tech and storage tucked away but within easy reach. “This home office is serious space,” he says. “The glass doors keep you connected to the family but if you’re up at 4 a.m. for a conference call with Mumbai you can talk and not disturb the family.”
This house has five bedrooms, four and a half baths, lots of family space and a bonus room on the third floor.