All News Great Lakes By Design – “Waterfront Respite”April 17, 2018

Great Lakes By Design featured this waterfront home we designed in their Volume 2 Issue 2 “Celebrate the Ride” magazine. This project was a team collaboration with the Cottage Company of Harbor Springs as well as Cottage Company Interiors. The project began as a home renovation but ended up being an almost complete demolition and rebuild.

The property was originally purchased with a mid-19th century cottage on site that needed major renovations. Issues with the existing structure forced the project to turn into a full rebuild. Because of the site, setback, and local restrictions, the entire structure could not be demolished, so the foundation remained. The house was designed around the existing footprint of the old cottage.

The existing footprint became the biggest challenge of this project as a well-designed home had to be built on top of the constraints of the previous footprint. Along the way, the foundation required some extra steel integration and revamping to accommodate the new, updated structure above it.  

The clients purchased the property with a dream in mind of a retreat for their family and friends to visit. The resulting design includes two floors with a master suite, guest rooms, a kitchen, dining space, great room, three-season porch, and lower level mudroom and playroom. The vision for the project was a classic, northern Michigan cottage that took advantage of the waterfront views and surrounding woodland.

On the exterior, northern Michigan cottage vibes are incorporated through cedar shake shingles with a gentle curved roofline over the front entrance. Tuscan-inspired columns detail the large porch structures. The overall composition of the details works together to create a fresh and classic cottage look on the exterior as well as the interior. The overall design compliments both the waterfront views as well as the protected dunes and woodlands that the house is nestled in.

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