The Manor Lane Residence is located in East Hampton, New York, and the architects used a 'Piano Nobile' strategy for the overall design of the place.
Instead of having rooms placed all over the house with no real reason for their location, each floor is used for different purposes. For example, the second floor is designated for the use of social areas such as the kitchen and living room, whereas the ground floor is used for media and bedrooms. This allows both areas to serve their own functions, instead of having everything mixed together. Because the bedrooms are on the first floor, each person has access to the outside area just by opening their door and stepping outside onto the lawn area.
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