This lake home was designed by architect Victor Martin of Ft. Wayne. As a veteran of many building projects, the owner was comfortable in handling the decorating herself. The interior woodwork and doors are stained oak and the exterior is natural stone and fiber-cement siding and shakes.
The owners of this home on the east shoreline of Clear Lake wanted their home to be highly efficient and, commendably, to have a minimal impact on the lake. The entire home is conditioned with radiant hot water floor heat and high velocity air conditioning. The gorgeous landscaping conceals the substantial underground drainage system that prevents most of the property's surface water from reaching the lake. The preliminary home design was provided by architect Mike Christoffersen with revisions and final plans completed by Lynn. The subsurface engineering was provided by Foresight Consulting in Ft. Wayne.
The owners of this home are aviation enthusiasts and so it made sense to locate their home close to an airstrip. The home site they found was not only near an airstrip but adjacent to it with a private taxiway to the runway. This allowed the owners the luxury of having the hangar for their airplane attached to the home. A few years after completion we were contacted by the owners to do an unattached maintenance barn which is pictured in this gallery.
The plans for this lake home on the Marina bay at Clear Lake were purchased by the owner off of the internet. To meet the ordinances of the lake and other site specific criteria, Lynn modified the plans accordingly. Being in the elevator business, the owner obviously wanted to include this feature. Another unique item that Lynn was able to incorporate into the plans was a media room located under the garage.
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.