This 3000-sq.-ft. seasonal retreat is perched on a high bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. It sits in a critical dune zone with high erosion risk. This double whammy limited the possibilities of where and how it could be developed. The client found the height with stunning views of the water and woods most appealing. This was exactly what originally hampered the design and build teams.
After steel sheet piling had been incorporated into the foundation, and anchor deep into the ground, it was possible to move on to the design phase. This was due to the fact that the house footprint could be used for construction. The home is classically designed and has three levels. The main level includes the living room, dining area, and kitchen. Two guest bedrooms are located one story below the crest, while the primary suite is on the second level. The house has many floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for views to the lake and wooded sides. There is also a screened porch, and patio.
The exterior features include zinc-steel roofing, natural wood shingles and earth-toned interiors. There is minimal ornamentation. The home’s spacious size and proportions reflect the owner’s desire to escape from city life.
Architect Christopher Guido and Laurence Booth, Booth Hansen, boothhansen.com Builder Scott Christopher Homes, scottchristopherhomes.com Location Sawyer, Mich. PhotosKendall McCaugherty
Fine Homebuilding #309: “Lakehouse in The Dunes”