Upstairs, the dormered bedroom loft has an adjoining bath and open joists along two sides for a view to the rooms below.
The open design has heating and cooling advantages as well. Though the basement and main floor are the only ones plumbed for radiant floor heat, and the master bedroom alone is outfitted with a single, ductless air conditioner, everything works together harmoniously. "In winter, the heat transfers to the cool walls of the house," says Beili. "In summer, cool air drops down from the bedroom and cools the rest of the house." That just isn't possible in a home with impenetrable walls, floors, and staircases.
(adapted from an article by Joseph D'Agnese, TOH Magazine, October '06)