The building of this year round lake home was preceded by construction of an unattached garage, with art studio, across the street. This allowed the owners to store their belongings from the existing cottage as well as providing them a place to stay short term throughout the construction of the new lake home.
Due to extensive water damage to their existing cottage the owners of this property decided that it was not sensible to repair the home and building a new cottage was a better approach. Unfortunately, the town’s new ordinances precluded positioning the home close to the location of the existing structure. They were allowed however, to keep the original foundation in place and rebuild on the established location. Using the parameters of the existing foundation, Lynn was able to design a home with an exterior that does not resemble the old home in anyway and with a totally new floor plan that better fit the owner’s requirements for lake home living that the existing plan never offered. This home was featured in the November/December 2011 issue of Northern Indiana Lakes Magazine.
The owners of this home were interested in a rural setting yet liked the benefits of subdivision living. They were able to have the best of both words by finding a partially developed lot in a small subdivision in northern Allen County. With large lots and relatively few homes, this suited their requirements nicely. Along with the owners, Lynn designed this two-story home to compliment this beautiful country setting. We were invited back by the owners to construct an unattached garage / man-cave using the same exterior materials that were used on the main residence.
Like so many “lakers”, these customers were quite attached to their cozy cottage on Clear Lake but years of use were beginning to show and the lack of space was becoming an issue. While keeping the heart of the cottage mostly intact, Lynn designed an addition of two bedrooms, a bath room and a sun room. The entire exterior of the home was renovated but many of the windows and the beautiful chimney were preserved.
Kevin D. Hart, a Birmingham Michigan architect designed this Shingle styled home which is located on the south shoreline of Clear Lake. The stone wainscoting and flared shingled walls are duplicated on an unattached garage conveniently located directly across the street from this lake home.