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Front facade showing one car garage at right.  There is a two car garage on left side of corner lot plan.  Entry to two Bedrooms and central Den at ground floor.  Rear upper and lower decks shown below.

Rotonda second floor main entry above and below view from Kitchen/Breakfast.  Stairs at right below

Light comes through both sides of Living room Rotonda.  Stairway to first floor below and door to elevator.  Door to upper rear deck to right of photo above

Large Dining Room above, Kitchen with Breakfast area below overlooks views to hills


Large walk in Pantry at left, Powder Room above

Master Suite with large triple window with views to hills above.  Master Bath below, double doors to Master Suite

Large Master Closet with built in full size washer dryer, below


Ground floor Den with main stair.  Views to both sides of house.  Small Kitchenette and Laundry at right.  Two bedrooms with two full baths on this floor, plus Office accessible from outside.

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As built, above.  Renderings, below.

This is an example of a Renaissance style layout with the Piano Nobile, or Owner's quarters, on the second level.  Double exterior stairs allow entry at second floor Great Hall, (a surprise geometry).  Interior stairway connects to lower level which contains two bedrooms with baths, one office, central den, utility room and optional elevator.  Covered rear porch and three car garage.  Swimming pool and formal garden option.  Second Floor has Great Hall, Ballroom/Formal Dining, Kitchen with large breakfast and pantry, fabulous Master Suite with large walk in and Boudoir, Powder room, and rear deck with view.

The design is Boxy but Good, and is based on historic precedent with elegant period features.  The concept can be enlarged to palatial size or shrunk down to about 2,800 SF or less if desired. Alternative elevation is for an Italian Villa (see above and home page, right column).  Please plan a visit in Austin for a tour as we progress to finish.  The house is in a new subdivision on the west of 360 loop, off of City Park Rd and 2222.   On a corner lot with creek in back, privacy, and three mile views from second level! Community lake access/ ramp and play area.

This is a wonderful executive real estate buy with great flexibility.  Two families can practically live here, or elder parents, etc.  Expansive feel with space in the right places.  Office on ground floor with separate entry.  Prestigious corner lot with privacy.  Stone accents and stucco treatment with classical detailing.  One of a kind dramatic rotonda feature with much natural light and views.

Classical pool and garden treatment option on rear elevation, French Manor Chateau style house

Boat ramp in Greenshores for Town Lake,  with playground and volleyball court, above.  Greenshores Marina with docks, boat storage slips, waterfront restaurant, etc. within 4 minute drive, below:

Creating the American Luxury Home Available now on CD- rom. (click below left) This is a history of the luxury home with sections on working with an architect and builder, style, modern and traditional approaches, etc.  Also, companion volume: Dream Home Design Questionnaire and Planning Kit (click right below, available as PDF file via email)

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Home Construction Photos and Detail History below:

Builder and Architect check details and framing, private rear yard

Ground and long views over tree tops from Master, Great Room, Breakfast/Kitchen

Elegant ceiling treatments with coves and vaulted ceilings in Master, Kitchen, Great Room, and Ball Room

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Creek runs behind corner lot property, left (usually dry).  Roofing installed, free standing interior stair from Den to upper floor, Rotonda at entry door, Rotonda detail, Ball Room/Dining detail.

Left to right: Living/Rotonda front view, Rotonda ceiling, Master bedroom ceiling, Ground floor view up, Vaulted Kitchen

Master Bath, Master Suite, Interior Stair at second floor

View from second floor balcony rear deck, north (metal railing to be installed)

Kitchen: will have beamed vaulted ceiling, French period style ball feet under cabinets and painted/faux finished woodwork.

Master: Private boudoir, Master closet with side by side washer/driers, His/Her vanities w/mirrored shelving

Sun drenched view from Rotonda facing south window bank.  Metal railing to be installed

Rotonda, three views, front entry stairs being formed from concrete , will take limestone facing.

Southwest corner view with two car garage, one car on opposite side next to office.

South facing upper deck with covered porch below.  Stairways to be built down to pool deck

Northwest view, (garage door behind tree) Corner turret from Ball Room

Detail, front entry.  Limestone columns below and carved Ionic columns to be installed above on Piano Nobile

South rear detail, SW garage, Rotonda, Southwest views from second floor

Kitchen open to Breakfast and view into Rotonda, Rotonda round ceiling/ window detail

View from Den to south, covered deck beyond. Interior grand stair curves on Rotonda lines above

Two car garage, Office/art studio on north (direct access to one car garage and front lower covered entry)

Rear elevation


View of Den with entry doors under front covered porch as left, part of stairs showing at right top.  Garage entry at right, bedroom door at center.  This area has another bedroom with bath and small galley kitchen, washer and dryer.



Modeled after the actual historic progression in living space and formal geometry from farm to palace, this European inspired residence dazzles and makes an incomparable statement. Not only is it elegant, the plan is quite flexible under a variety of circumstances.  It is a completely up to date architectural design with modern amenities including an elevator. The basic design can be adapted to Italian, French, or even Contemporary lines.


 Throughout Italy and France, the Tuscan and Provence styled home has enchanted every visitor and became the prototype design to emulate.  For centuries the simple house was the standard form in these regions.  It was an evolution that Apono/Henry has captured at its zenith.

 Imagine the medieval farmhouse, originally one story, which had to shelter family, livestock, and store grain/supplies/tools, etc.   As the farm and owner’s family grew, two options were available.  Either to build additional structures to accommodate needs and/or build a second floor over the first.  These two avenues can be seen in the many examples dotting the countryside. 

 When the owner elected to build above, they first installed a ladder or small staircase from inside.  But if animals remained inside the first floor, an exterior staircase was built in order to avoid the obvious problems and the owner’s living quarters were fashioned above.  The rationale in part was that heat generated below in winters would rise and supply some of the warmth.  The first floor fireplace flu was built upon and extended through the second floor.

 Now these living quarters became the ‘piano nobile’—an Italian term that literally means the noble level, or owner’s suites.  Over centuries, the compact two-story form gained the reputation of simple construction and energy/materials conservation.   The same derivative in colonial America is obvious.  When the decision came by those with means to build anew or for the first time, this same geometrical form was followed.

 When nobility and royalty erected palaces and chateau, this same model was followed in countless examples.  If you recall in Versailles, the king’s chambers and formal suites are on the second level, not the first.  The first floor contained rooms for offices, livery, stores, guest suites and reception rooms.  The wonderful Linderhof in Bavaria is organized exactly in this manner.  In Venice, the palazzi on the canals have similar space layouts.  In fact, this historic idea was incorporated in several of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs and was the model for Corbusier’s ‘Villa Savoye’ in the 1930’s.  

 During the Renaissance, symmetry (as in the human body) was deemed a guiding design principle.  While the rustic farms had single stairways usually off center, the larger new villas being built by wealthy merchants and nobility in the south of Europe incorporated central stairways or double flights on the outside to offer a direct route to the piano nobile.

 So, we have not really reinvented the house -- John Henry Architect has reintroduced and packaged this superb notion for the contemporary homeowner.  Where there were storerooms and animal stalls, now we have placed 3 garages, storage area or office with private exterior entry, two secondary bedrooms with baths ensuite, galley kitchen/utility room, and large central den/reception hall – accessed from ground floor directly.   There is a grand sweeping interior stairway and an elevator to communicate effortlessly with the upper floor.

The real surprise as one enters the Great Hall is another Renaissance feature that originated from Rome’s pantheon: a rotunda space.  Palladio’s most famous villa, named after Capra or now “La Rotonda”, includes a round central living area in the middle of a cubicle with narrow hallways to exterior porches.  Close to Paris, French architects responsible for finishing Versailles created the magnificent Vaux le Vicomte, which cleverly pushes the circular area to an outside wall to gain direct view to the outside.

 Frank Lloyd Wright’s reasoning to ‘go up’ was simply to avoid the noise and distraction of street activity in a bustling age of horse carriages, noisy new cars, and constant pedestrian traffic.  He was so inspired by this tree top view to the outside world that he created his famous leaded glass based on natural forms.  Corbusier wanted to improve the view of the owners on a second living floor and third level observation terrace.  He also separated the car and utilities (machines) from the living quarters.


 This is a zoned design.  A few possibilities on livability are as follows:

Young Family: Can leave entire ground floor unfinished (new construction) including elevator, and live perfectly on second floor.  Ballroom is actually double size, so one bedroom with bath can be cut out of this space for young children.

Intermediate Family: Teens can move downstairs with their own Den.  Additional bedroom can be converted from one of 4 car garage stalls for three total downstairs and two upstairs.

Mixed Family:  Two different family groups or individuals can share space.  Elevator can be used exclusively without interfering with ground floor inhabitants.  Galley kitchen can be developed at utility room.  Latter can be moved into 4th garage bay with storage.  Garages on both sides of ground floor can be used independently of each other.  Interior stairway can be ed off.  Independent entries are available on both levels.

Mature Family with Elderly/Sick: For baby boomers, semi-retired with aging parents- easy to care for loved ones on main floor with own living and kitchen facility.  Elevator can be activated to bring upstairs for dining or visitation, etc.  Private and independent as necessary.

Office and Living:  This model is similar to medieval European examples in Germany, France, England, Netherlands, etc.  Living quarters above work area.  Can bring clients into building below without affecting owner’s quarters above.  Extra bedrooms become offices, etc.


 In Green Shores, this rare corner lot has beautiful three-mile views above the treetops that could not be appreciated unless one lived on the second level.  Every morning, breakfast can be taken looking out over the southern ranges and a deck accommodates outside living.  A similar entry deck is on the north side of the rotunda space.  Windows allow light and views from both sides and the rotunda has the additional feature of an oculus or skylight that will cast a continuous array of lighting effects from dusk til dawn.

There is a beautiful vaulted and beamed ceiling in the island Kitchen with custom designed cabinetry.  Nearby is an expanded pantry that can include a second work area and attached storage plumbed for a full bath.  The second floor also has a large formal Dining room or Ball Room that opens from the Rotonda and has a direct connection to the Kitchen. 

The Master Suite is a unique design with views towards the south with a coffer ceiling.  Opening to the bath area with shower and tub, the vanities and woodworked design are truly period touches crafted by the architect.  The very large closet area has double hanging ranks and a private full sized washer drier.  The very personal touch of adding a boudoir for privacy (and panel door to the powder room) is quite exclusive.

 The rear of the house is oriented to the corner of the lot to maximize the apparent depth.  Access to the pool and grounds below are from the rear of the ground floor Den and down two matching stone stairways.  Privacy is assured due to the fact a stream borders the rear property line.  A covered porch on the ground floor allows shade while contemplating nature and a spot for cooking outdoors. 

 Other details include: a timer actuated exhaust for the garage, real stone columns/door surround and limestone base at exterior double stairway, custom designed cabinets and fireplace, wood flooring at piano nobile, extended life architectural grade roofing, finials (and optional cresting/statuary). 

Chateau des Reves: click image above for exclusive video of interior space

Cost to purchase most existing plan designs is $4.90/ SF typ. for Permit Set drawings, $3.30/SF for Schematic Design only (see each description for plan contents/availability)

NOTE: We do not have plan books nor send copies of our floor plans unless we are under contract.  Please contact us to receive typical contract form, or set an appointment to view most of our work at our Orlando office.

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