Casa Italia

Casa Italia (Click image to enlarge)

he Italian countryside is as varied as Italian cuisine.  Tuscan hillsides are filled with the terracotta roofs of houses that mark the influence of the Mannerist, the Baroque and the Rococo style.  The hinterland of Florence and Lucca to the north have an architectural style that has endured for centuries.  We take our inspiration  for our Casa Italia, or Italian house, from the Luccese hills above the walled city of Lucca where villas can date back to the late 1400's.  Patterned after some of the formal villas of the area, it evokes the familiar style of this region. 


The formal stucco facade with central entrance tall shuttered windows, wrought iron detailing, and red, clay tile roof is true to the historic houses of the region. Immediately inside one is greeted by a sitting room/study with fireplace opposite a generous dining room.  Each is framed at the foyer by Italiante columns on either side of an arched entrance creating the feeling of spaciousness and warmth.  Tall windows and doors add to the airy, sophisticated ambiance.  Period woodwork, wood and tile floors would compliment the setting and classic Italian design of this house.


Beyond the foyer, the open floor plan unfolds into a generous great room with fireplace, off a very functional centrally located kitchen with island.  Just off the kitchen and family room a sizable sun room brings the outdoors in for winter or summer use.  It's location convenient to dining room, kitchen and family room make this space perfect for year round occasions.  A sunroom and screened porch wrap around the living areas to take advantage of the natural light and breezes on hot summer days and nights.  These notable extras make this house exceptional for entertaining.  The downstairs master bedroom suite with its sizable bath is located off the family room with access to all ground floor areas.


The stairs leading to the second floor are located just off the family room in the center of the house.  This placement cleverly steers circulation to and from the areas of activity and away from the more formal, quieter spaces in the front.  Upstairs, three large bedrooms radiate off the landing which connects directly to the upper porch.  One bedroom suite with porch access is ideal to serve as an upstairs master if desired or would be an elegant guest suite.


A spacious fourth room can serve as an office or media room or even a fifth bedroom.  At the end of the hall, a notable extra is the unfinished space over the three car garage which can serve as a bonus room for play or other use.

Plan Details

4 Bedrooms, 4 1/2 Baths

4,775 Sq. Ft.


Two fireplaces

Three car garage

Overall Dimensions 83'-0" x 61'-6"




































Ground floor


Sitting room/study  13'-6"x18'-2"

Dining room  13'-6"x18'-2"

Great room  13'-4"x27'-4"

Kitchen  14'-10"x22'-6"

Master bedroom  15'x 18'-2"

Porch  10'x29'





























Second Floor 


Bedroom #2 (upstairs master)  13'-6"x18'-2"

Bedroom #3  13'-6"x18'-2"

Bedroom #4  15'x15'

Bonus room 15'x24'-8"

Upstairs porch  10'x29'

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