The owner's of this home desired a master bedroom and bath on the ground floor but were not wishing to move from the neighborhood they were very fond of. They contacted us to see what the prospects were for fitting the addition on the site. We were able to determine what portion of the lot was available for the addition by researching the records for the property and obtaining the old neighborhood covenants on the Recorder's website. After several floor plans were proposed the owner's settled on an option that included expansion of the front porch and additional storage space on the second level. The addition also includes features such as a custom ceramic steam shower, heated floors in the bath and his & her large walk-in closets. As is the case with additions to homes built in a different era, we took particular care to match the style of [...]
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.
Manufactured stone and E.F.I.S. ( stucco ) were used on the front of this ranch home to give it a bit of a Mediterranean flare. The dramatic high ceilings in the dining room and open design give the sense of this home being much larger than it actually is.
With their love for northern Michigan as inspiration, the owners requested Lynn to design this home as though it would be built to overlook Little Traverse Bay in Harbor Springs. Large wrap around covered porches, ubiquitous for that area, are prominently used on the front of this home. The enclosed widow's walk, accessed by ladder, elevates far above the property offering spectacular views of Cedar Creek as well as being a great space to just get away. With an in-home office, there seems to be little reason to leave this wonderful home.
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.