The existing house is on a large wooden area of sand
dunes adjacent to Lake Michigan in southwestern Michigan. The owners are
Chicago residents who enjoy weekends at their second home, hosting large
parties that often included overnight guests. Since the home was initially
designed as a modest sportsman's residence, it no longer serves well for the
client's upscale needs, requiring modifications to provide better amenities
and added space.
The existing house lacked a sense of entry, and the
sleeping areas consisted lofts without bath and standard stairs. A small
kitchen and bedroom with a clearstory living room did not fully utilize
views of the beautiful wooded site. DZA was selected to provide appropriate
remediation of these conditions.
The addition on the north side provides the living room
clerestory space to be continuous in both directions, which allows a full
view of the rolling sand dune site, as well as creating an important new
entrance that included a new central staircase accessible to the lofts and
the lower level. In addition, the added space created a spacious dining area
for party events.
The addition on the west side provides amenity upgrades
on all three levels. One sleeping loft was enlarged to have a private deck
at the tree level. The main level permits an expanded master bedroom that
included a sitting area and an expanded bathroom with additional amenities.
The lower level provides space to create an additional guest bedroom.
Modifications to the house included upgrading the lower
level for a media room and bar/kitchen entertainment area. The kitchen on
the main level was expanded with party serving features. The sleeping lofts
were provided with roof dormers for added light and views, as well as the
inclusion of bathrooms.
The combination of additions and modifications to the
house provided the owners a home that extended the joy of their site at all
levels and provided the aesthetic and functional amenities of a fashionable
home with the enjoyment of sharing among friends.