This modestly sized 1950s ranch home sits lakeside on a large, wooded lot. While the house itself was crowded, dark and dated with low ceilings and small windows, the new home owners fell in love with the mature trees and saw potential to embrace the lake. A full gut and remodel was required to fulfill their desire to accommodate large family gatherings and establish an indoor-outdoor relationship with nature.
The original building hid the lake from view. Thus, everything above the exterior brick and Indiana limestone was demolished. The original walls acted as guideposts for the new crisscrossing roof planes and light-maximizing clerestory windows. We and the homeowners ensured the entire design led towards and embraced the lake.
FLEXIBILITY AND FUNCTION
As a newly retired couple, our clients wanted lifestyle accommodations built into every room, both for their own day-to-day needs and special occasions. While maintaining a small footprint, we worked closely to design a multi-functional “Great Room” comfortable for the couple or a large gathering.
Photography by Jason Winkler