The owner, an international banking consultant, commissioned DeLong to create the home as a showcase for his museum-quality collection of Asian art and antiques. DeLong added a Frank Lloyd Wright-style linearity to the traditionally Thai series of linked pavilions raised on pillars. The predominantly teak house was designed and positioned with reference to Buddhist dictates, and a religious ceremony accompanied the start of construction.
The Grand Salon: While the home has three formal entrances, most people enter via the imperial-style staircase that leads directly to the grand salon - a spectacular room measuring 40 by 50 feet, with a sweeping, steeply curved teak ceiling peaking at 45 feet. DeLong conceived of the room as a vast and luxurious screened porch opening on four sides to capture both breezes and views. The ceiling's great height, he explains, help cool the room.
Two master suites open off anterooms beyond the library. Each one features a private porch, a bedroom with three exposures, a vestibule and a separate entrance, a windowed dressing room with large closets, and spacious, luxurious bath. The opposite end of the house holds an additional bedroom suite and a study, both with private vestibules and porches. A butler's pantry and service corridor link the generously sized kitchen with the dining room.
Additional Highlights: An expansive terrace located beneath the central portion of the house provides sheltered areas for entertaining and parking. A vestibule at the north end of the terrace leads to a billiards room, a guest room, and a bath. A generous six-room staff suite is located at the south end. All main-level rooms except the grand salon are centrally air-conditioned, with specially designed teak screens concealing the vents. Main-level ceilings and floors are also made of teak, and wall panels are both teak and silk. Custom-made teak furniture, designed by DeLong and displaying both Asian and Wrightian influences, is included in the sale of the property. Price upon request.*
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