An Impeccable Contemporary Home Designed by Studio MM
Featured in Dwell, this home is pure magic, designed and built by Marica McKeel — the architect behind Studio MM — for herself and her husband to live and to “tinker” (hence, the name “Tinkerbox”). This stunning property showcases her trademark designs and philosophies — and functions as her own studio and home in the woods. The design and build are both as impeccable as each of the considered luxury homes they create.
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The hand-charred shou sugi ban cedar siding and distinctive shape of the building — which somehow contrasts, yet perfectly integrates with its surroundings — greets visitors as you wind up the forested driveway. Continuing through the dramatic Sapele front door, an understanding that you have arrived somewhere special filters in like the dappled sunlight on the weighty stair treads handcrafted from oak, maple, and birch trees from the property.
You’re clearly entering a treehouse, of sorts, when you step into the open kitchen and living space. The picture windows and high ceilings give you a sense of space, and there’s a dreamy window seat and an inset wood-burning stove for cozy winter nights. There are custom cabinets, Wolfe and Sub Zero appliances, and plenty of space to spread out with family and friends.
A fully retractable glass wall (with a custom screen!) further blurs the line between inside and out, opening onto a beautiful 400 sq/ft covered deck overlooking the property. It has a built-in wood-burning grill and it is easy to picture spending three seasons of the year out there (or four if you’re into cold therapy)!
The lower level holds many opportunities to personalize additional square footage to suit your specific needs, and already has radiant heat and extra-high ceilings in every space: a media room, a workshop (with its own entrance), and an XL garage. The architect-owner has created plans to convert the garage to two additional generous bedrooms plus a full bath, which the home’s septic system is already set up for. Additional information on this is available upon request.
Outside, you will find over 10 acres of diverse forest with ferns, rocky outcroppings, and many varieties of evergreen and deciduous trees. Intentionally leaving the land intact, the owners carefully chose their site, cleared as little as possible, and designed a home to partner with the existing landscape. Nearly 600 feet of frontage along the Mombaccus Creek marks one edge of the property and flows into a waterfall — which is not on the property, but only a short distance away.
Tinkerbox is one of the five Waterfalls Properties designed by Studio MM and built by HVCH that create this special HOA. Each unique property is incredibly peaceful and private, and crafted to interact with the surrounding nature, but not with each other.
There are no annual fees and each space tells its own story within this special community of contemporary homes in the woods, along the creek, and next to the waterfall.
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Have questions? Want to schedule a tour of this stunning property? Please reach out to Diana Polack with any buyer inquiries. Agents should request a showing via ShowingTime.