A trend I am seeing throughout the country is that builders are stepping up their game relating to elevations. Why?
The architect's intent was to create a lakefront cottage with the same charm of a 1920s bungalow on a narrow lot with difficult topography.
|Cobblestone from Lake Michigan is used on the base of this lakeside home. This material, common among older homes in the established neighborhood, helps this newcomer blend into its surroundings.|
|To capture lake views, the family room and kitchen/breakfast nook are in the rear on the second floor of the three-story home.|
Architect Dominick Tringali’s intent was to create a lakefront cottage with the same charm of a 1920s bungalow on a narrow lot with difficult topography. Through an innovative combination of natural local materials and modern building products, this waterfront home on a peninsula in Sylvan Lake, Mich., delivers just what the buyers ordered.
The use of real cobblestone from Lake Michigan on the base of the home grounds the three-story house to its lush site and surrounding landscape. Lapboard siding and shake accents on the side elevations mix with stone similar to that used on older lakefront homes.
The garage, housed on the home’s lowest level, preserves the lake views from the front and rear of the home for the gathering areas on the living levels. Specially designed garage doors that mimic stable doors minimize the garage’s appearance on the streetscape. The result is a home that enhances the neighborhood and seems to have been there for years.
Style of Home | Historical bungalow
Location | Sylvan Lake, Mich.
Total Square Footage | 3,711
Designer/Architect | Dominick Tringali Associates, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Builder | Curtis Building Co., Farmington Hills, Mich.
Target Market | Affluent young professionals; families with children
Major Products Used | Doors: IWP | Windows: Weathervane | Paints: Sherwin-Williams