The third home built by our company on Crooked Lake was designed by Coldwater Michigan architect Scott Morrison. Designed to take advantaged of the topography of this building site, the cottage offers spectacular views from most rooms of the home. Cable railing on the exterior deck, tin ceiling tile in the kitchen and a custom built stable door to the master bath are just a few of the features that make this home aesthetically pleasing. Smart use of space under the deck for enclosed lake-toy storage is an example of the functionality incorporated into this home as well.
Clear Lake resident and architect Gerald McArdle designed this two-story home with lake living in mind. The over-sized mud room, with its own powder room, features moisture resistant materials on the walls and floors to allow for wet and sandy feet access without coming through the main portion of the home. With benches and pegs galore, this room is a great place for wet vests and towels. The laundry room is smartly situated adjacent to the mud room. The garage was specifically sized to allow for on-site boat storage which adds to the convenience built into this lake cottage.
Needing a space for guests, the owners of this property were interested in using an existing unattached garage as the core of which a guest house could be built around. While preserving the function of the unattached garage, Lynn designed the three bedroom guest house to seamlessly attach to it. To meet lake ordinances, the guest home was attached to the main cottage with a covered exterior walkway. Although this addition was stick built, the extensive use of ship-lap wall coverings and beam work successfully achieved the owners wish that the interior match the feel of the timber framed main cottage.
A touch of the Old South is the feeling one gets while spending time on the expansive lake side porch of this home designed by Len Mysliwiec. An outdoor fireplace offers the opportunity to use the porch on cool summer evenings or autumn days. The functional cupola is another nod to southern living with its remote controlled windows that offer natural cooling on those low humidity days. The home's layout is open but not to the point where privacy cannot be found for guests and the owners alike.
T. K. Ladd, a Ft. Wayne architect, designed this single story cottage with walk-out basement. The home makes efficient use of the building site by providing deck area over the recreation room in the basement. The large covered porch on the street side of the home offers an exterior area to relax on rainy days. The great room has exposed structural elements that create additional interest in the volume ceiling.