The client’s original vision for this new Holland, Mich., residence was for a vacation home large enough to accommodate the extended family, but with all the intimacy of a lakeside cottage.
The final result is Best in American Living Platinum winner and our Home of the Week, Michigan Lake House, a meticulously crafted beachfront retreat that reinforces the beauty of its natural landscape.
A one-story carriage house sits out in front, allowing the massing to build up to the two-story main house beyond. Upon entering, expansive Lake Michigan views and sunlight flood the free-flowing design of the first floor, while large pocket doors are incorporated to close off rooms and encourage intimate occasions as well.
The second floor offers additional opportunities for guest and family lounging in the common sitting room, nestled between two master suites and three junior suites. The lower level adds to the vacation amenities with a recreation room, bar and gym.
Outside, just steps away from Lake Michigan’s breathtaking shoreline, one can admire spectacular lake views and sunsets while lounging by the fire pit in the backyard’s ultra-remote outdoor entertaining space. Read more…
Judges’ Comments | “Extremely well-detailed without being ostentatious . . . Amazing, good follow-through from exterior to interior. Architecturally consistent inside and out . . . great composition, great use of a narrow lot . . . stairway fits well.”