2,600 sf, 2 bed, 2.5 bath
This home was designed for twenty acres of rolling grassland near the shore of Lake Michigan. The rustic modern concept emerged from the client's interest in building a contemporary home with a mix of reclaimed and traditional elements. Program requirements include great room with double-height space, two ensuite bedrooms, art studio, and pool.
The form of the home is derived from classic barn typology. Our linear design allows it to be sited to maximize southern exposure for passive solar heating and shading. The great room captures afternoon light and overlooks the landscape. Ridge skylights in the master bedroom and studio flood them with natural light.
An exterior portal at the center of the structure provides a sheltered entrance and creates an outdoor foyer with framed views. The portal also functions as a dramatic passageway to a deck with free-standing fireplace.
Contemporary materials include board-formed concrete, marine-grade plywood, and exposed wood trusses. Vintage elements, reclaimed from a local salvage company, include 100-year old doors, a wood workbench as the kitchen island, and a steel factory table as a bathroom vanity.
Sustainable elements include recycled countertops, high-efficiency mechanicals, low-E glass, and structurally insulated panel (SIP) construction for a highly insulated building envelope.
This home is designed for twenty acres of rolling grassland and woods near the shore of Lake Michigan. The rustic modern concept emerged from the client's interest in designing a contemporary home with an expressive mix of reclaimed and traditional elements... read more