Homes of the Rich reader Ann sent me a magnificent mega mansion that she designed. Check it out above!

It features approximately 42,000 square feet of living space broken down like this….

Lower Level – 14,300 square feet

1st Floor – 12,400 square feet

2nd Floor – 9,785 square feet

3rd Floor – 6,400 square feet

The lower level features a 2-lane bowling alley, squash court, 15-seat home theater, wet bar, wine cellar with tasting room, music room, catering kitchen and lots of storage.

The 1st floor features a grand 3-story foyer with staircase and skylight, numerous powder rooms, 18-seat formal dining room, formal living room, ballroom/banquet hall, home office, library, billiards room with wet bar, poker room, 2nd entrance with foyer, kitchen, breakfast room, indoor swimming pool with spa, sauna and steam room, changing rooms, screened-in patio and more.

The 2nd floor features a double height family room, master suite, 3 additional bedroom suites, gym and a relaxation room with beauty salon and massage room that has access to the swimming pool below.

The 3rd floor features 4 bedroom suites and a children’s playroom.

  • DesigNate

    My compliments to a very thoroughly design plan. Quick question thought…. How is entering the bedrooms through the closet functional or even a desired concept?




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    • James

      I agree with you DesigNate i do not understand going through a wic to get into your bedroom???




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      • Annie

        What’s wrong with that? ))
        As for me, I think it’s quite logical that the dressing room is located on the way from the hallway to the bedroom. Isn’t it?) And also I didn’t see any other cogent way to arrange these spaces.

        Or we don’t coincide in understanding of the term ‘Walk-in Closet’? I meant ‘dressing room’.
        Maybe this is the European-English linguistic (and my) problem?))




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        • Puresouthern

          European closets do seem to differ then ours, so I think thats why some are confused. It was one of the things about the house that tipped me off that this wasn’t an American House. All in all though its one of the best ones I think Kenny has posted up that a fellow fan has done. Was it yours?




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          • Annie
          • Teddi

            Oh, is that how it is across the pond? You walk through the closets to get to the bathrooms? Seems so very odd.




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          • Puresouthern

            No, is the one we are commenting on yours?




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          • Annie

            Puresouthern, sorry, I don’t always understand American English well.
            What do you mean by the word “yours”? My project or my house?
            The project is mine, the house is just a fantasy.))




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  • Puresouthern

    I take it this is a house for the UK? It’s a nice house for the most part, my biggest criticism is the placement of the the lift, the closets and Masterbath. It was a nice plan though. Good job.




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    • Annie

      If to imagine that lift is glass-walled, its placement doesn’t seem to be too wrong.))
      Although, I would agree that it was possible to find a better location.




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  • Teddi

    Can I tell whoever drew this how much I LOVE the coat closet immediately upon entry. I have no idea what an usher’s room is, but I have been scouring mansion floorplans everywhere I can find them and I am perplexed and irritated that coat closets are never there. Large homes typically entertain a lot, and if you’re having 100 – 200 people over for a soiree in autumn or winter, where do they put their coats when they arrive? Such a simple thing but seemingly always overlooked. I’ve always envisioned an entryway vestibule with a very large walk-in coat closet to one side of the entrance and a powder room on the other.

    I’m a big fan of having a separate sitting room for the master suite without it being in the actual master bedroom, so kudos on that. But neither the placement nor the size of the master closets are working for me. I don’t think you should have to walk through your closet to get the bathroom. That seems to be an issue in most of the bedrooms.

    I’d also like to see a second laundry room upstairs, closer to the bedrooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor.

    I’m having a minor issue with the placement of the friends & family/service entrance. I think that should be at the back or to the side. Somewhere away from the front of the house and main entrance.
    I think Oprah did it best. She has a separate gated driveway for deliveries and service, which enter from a different road than the one the main driveway is on. I think if you’re throwing a lavish party or event in a mansion, no one should see the supplies arrive. If a couple of annoying guests start arriving early they don’t need to see the food, flowers, linen, china, crystal, booze, or whatever being unloaded from trucks and vans.




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  • Ally

    WOW what a great design….love the brick exterior….I can tell you took a lot of time with this concept..kudos to a job well done. There are a couple things I am curious about( these are not critiques, just some friendly questions/suggestions). First there doesn’t seem to be a mudroom, but I guess the entrance on the left could be considered more of a formal mudroom entrance if it had some closets,cubbies, and benches. Next, I’m not seeing a butler’s pantry…a dining room that size and that formal needs a butler’s pantry/catering kitchen next to it or in very close proximity. Unfortunately I have to agree with everyone on not liking the walking thru the closet/ dressing room to get to the bedroom…however you could easily rectify this by adding a WALL TO THE CLOSET AREA..this would instead create a hallway leading to the bedroom instead of going “thru the closet” and the bedrooms with the study/ closet combo..I would flip them..I think it would be better going thru a study/sitting instead of a closet to get to your bedroom. Like I said these are just some of my suggestions, don’t be offended because I could have never done such a complete design like you’ve done..you should be VERY, VERY PROUD of your work!!!!!!!!




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    • Teddi

      Good catch, Ally. I missed that.

      I’m guessing the mudroom was omitted because of the secondary entrance upstairs and the entrance via the garages from downstairs, but it would be a nice addition to have somewhere, especially if the main entrance is formal.

      To the designer, if you could add a walk in food pantry as well as a walk in butler’s pantry, and some kind of space for a desk and computer so the head of the estate has somewhere to work, that would be great. And it would be nice to have a silver vault. :D. I know this is your plan and I hope we’re not going overboard with suggestions.




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      • Puresouthern

        In defense of her catering kitchen and food storage, there is one in the basement. Even “Stone Mansions” is in the basement. Agree on the Butler pantry though. Still a great house though.




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        • Teddi

          Are you sure the Stone mansion pantry was the regular pantry and not a Costco pantry? Do you have the floorplan for that?




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    • Annie

      Thanks, Ally.
      About left entrance foyer. I had a few choices to arrange this space, but I didn’t know which of them to stop. In the end, I decided not to do anything – let everyone decide for himself what was supposed to be. ))
      About butler’s pantry. I agree, it can be placed on the left side of the kitchen/breakfast room. And then the space below will definitely become the catering kitchen.
      About “going thru the closet”. Well, I’ll think about the walls here.




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      • Teddi

        Hey Annie, what’s an usher’s room and what is it used for?




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        • Annie

          Porter, doorkeeper, doorman… Name it as you like. )) This is his working place.
          And also, for example, here can be secutity room with all-around-a-house video survey.
          I think so. But anyone can find the better use for this room.))




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          • Teddi

            Oh, awesome!! I really like the idea of surveillance monitors right there. Never thought of that before.
            Thanks




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  • Teddi

    The food storage on the bottom floor would probably make an ideal Costco pantry, but Costco pantries don’t take the place of a main pantry. Especially since this one is on a different level from where the kitchen is.

    A nice walk-in pantry next to or inside of the main cooking area would still be needed. Along with a butler’s pantry which if big enough can include a silver vault and office without needing to create a 3rd/4th space.




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    • Puresouthern

      According to the floor plan there is a kitchen under the conservatory and ballroom off the exercise room. It does not as I am lookiing at it right now say “Cater Kitchen” but there isnt another one. As for pantry the pantry is on the main floor in that house, not in the basement. The floor plan will be under New Jersey or Floor plans. What is a costco pantry? 🙁




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      • Teddi

        Think a regular walk in pantry but with sturdier shelves farther apart. It’s usually right next to a garage so that unloading and stashing away heavy/bulky items isn’t too much of an issue. This way all the huge cumbersome boxes and bottles, which also become unsightly, aren’t cluttering up the main pantry. Dry food like rice, pasta etc get transferred into smaller and more manageable containers to go into the main pantry. Keeps the main pantry looking neat, streamlined and orderly.




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    • Puresouthern

      The kitchen on the floor plan is not very elaborate so it could simply be some type of secondary family kitchen. Still to me its not a big deal to me they put the cater kitchen in the basement. I’ve seen it before.




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      • Teddi

        A catering kitchen in the basement isn’t an issue. Lots of houses have that, even non-mansions. My issue is that the only designated food storage space is on a different floor than the main kitchen. If the main pantry is so far away, cooking on the main floor won’t be very convenient.




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        • Annie

          I think, butler’s pantry must be installed in the left side of the current kitchen/breakfast room. And then the catering kitchen is moved to the lower floor. And food storage will be moved to adjoining area that named ‘estimated storage’.




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  • dc

    what kind of software did you use to produces this. thanks




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    • Annie

      ArchiCAD 15 for design and Artlantis Studio 3 for exterior rendering




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  • dan

    Wonderful set of plans, Annie. Most home plans seem to have the MBR up. I am of the MBR down school.

    I like the dressing room entrance. Although some bedrooms have a second entrance for the sitting area.




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  • John

    Ugh. Hire a real architect.




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  • Eric

    Fantastic work, I had a feeling the house was British after looking over a few of the details.

    A few notes I hope are taken as constructive criticism…
    The Study/Library rooms… I would either switch the study with the library, or knock down the wall between them. In old grand estates, Libraries were often used like ballrooms, not so much in terms of hosting lots of people, but as a LOOK AT ME! IM SPECIAL!” sort of room.
    Another item I feel is missing is a sun room or ‘Solarium’ basically a mini greenhouse that many old estates had attached. One could easily be attached to either the side, between the billiard room and drawing room. Or by extending the ballroom out and adding one to the end of it.

    Another comment, the pool room. In the basement level it makes it seem there is a huge space UNDER the pool? Not sure how that works, I mean, usually under a pool is, concrete.

    One comment I will make that I hope that you do not take as too negative… The underground bowling alley I would very much get rid of… I have never understood the desire to add a bowling alley to a basement, they seem a huge waste of space and would require a vast amount of maintenance. In the area it uses, you could easily add an expanded rec-room / playroom. A smaller guest bedroom. Or ‘servants quarters’ for a live in caretaker of the house.

    All in all fantastic work though!




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