Long Beach, Indiana


This home is located on twenty acres of grassland and woods on the border of Michigan, one hour from Chicago. The original structure was a 1950’s ranch purchased by a Chicago couple with a plan to renovate.


The design concept was to create a contemporary home with an open floor plan that integrates with the rural landscape and preserves the language of mid-century design. Program requirements included a great room with views across the property, new kitchen, new master bedroom and bathroom, all new finishes, all new lighting, radiant floor heat, and terrace with pergola.


The new design reconfigures the floor plan to open the interior space and relocates the entry to the east façade, allowing unobstructed views across a pond and spectacular landscape to the west. The great room and master bedroom are located in an addition on the west facade; a floor to ceiling glass curtain wall integrates the indoor and outdoor spaces and provides access to a board-formed concrete terrace and surrounding gardens.


Sustainable elements include use of recycled materials, high efficiency mechanicals, a tight thermal envelope, and high-efficiency windows with low-E glass.