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French Country Lake House
Cass Lake, Michigan
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Inspired by the French manor homes of Normandy, this exquisitely understated 5,500 square foot stone lake house is quietly, classically elegant, with an enduring solid stature. While the footprint stretches nearly 95’ along the shoreline of the lake, elongating the plan to take advantage of the magnificent lake views, it is designed to be intentionally restrained and unimposing, without monumentality or ostentation. The Connecticut fieldstone selected for the exterior has a quiet presence, while the steeply-hipped rooflines, with flared eaves, control the scale. These are consistent with the French eclectic architectural style of the home, as are the turrets, which are the unifying dominant architectural feature on both the front and rear façades. The design concept was to create an open plan, enabling expansive views of the lake from all the primary rooms, with a stone veranda stretching more than 50’ along the lakeside of the home to provide a sheltered, shady haven to relax and entertain. Pairs of French doors and an abundance of windows allow a profusion of natural light and lake breezes into the house. A soothing monochromatic color palette is used throughout the interior to unify the spaces, and create a quietly elegant ambiance. Unifying design elements, such as the stately French-cut limestone range hood in the kitchen that complements the French-cut limestone fireplace surround in the adjoining living room, are mindfully orchestrated to create cohesion in the open plan. Furnishings are refined, comfortable and carefully edited to allow views of the lake to take command.