Location: Rockford, MI
The Lakeside Residence is designed for a young, active family of five who decided to combine two households into a single year-round home on a narrow waterfront lot in west Michigan, formerly occupied by their 1920’s family cottage. The primary, form-giving challenge was to horizontally and vertically organize 3,500 SF of living space on a small lot (a trapezoidal area approximately 35 ft x 65 ft) while maximizing views of the lake and maintaining privacy from neighboring cottages. The owners also desired maximum outdoor living space in the context of a modern, low-maintenance home with strong lake views and natural light throughout.
The building organization is a series of stacked programmatic spaces along the east side of the site, allowing the west side to be used for a dramatic entry sequence leading to upper and lower outdoor patios that extend the primary interior living spaces through large door systems. The west edge is defined by a privacy wall that encloses the upper level deck and provides a strong framed view of the lake beyond. The wood slat wall integrates lighting and a full-service outdoor kitchen.
The upper level contains two bedrooms with a shared bath, and a large master suite with panoramic south and west views as well as high clerestory windows that gather north and east natural light. The lower level contains family recreation spaces, a changing room, lakeside bath and direct access to the expansive lakeside deck.
Exposed glu-lam wood beams support a SIPS roof and deep overhangs, providing summer shade at the upper bedrooms. The master suite volume is shifted 2 feet to the west over the main level. Combined with the wood trellis, this shades the primary living spaces from all direct sun at the summer solstice. This 2 foot shift also allows for high clerestory windows to bring east light into the dining and living rooms below.