Situated on a small wedge shaped lot near southern Michigan’s lake shore, traditional agrarian imagery of European origin eloquently communicates the man-nature relationship desired of this year-round second home. Formalism expressed through simplistic functionality of plan, is in melodious concert with its voluminous light-filled casual space. Long sides facing north and south, the 18’ x 70’ configuration allows all spaces to take advantage of views. Inside, the house is an informal succession of spaces linked by a perimeter of French doors and blue stone flooring. The living area fills a 2-1/2 volume interrupted by a truss bridge that connects sleeping areas above. The exterior materials of champagne colored plaster, white trim, and cedar shutters (to age gray) combine to evoke comfortable villa imagery.
Distinguished Building Award, from the American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter