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Shingle Style Lake House
Strawberry Lake, Michigan
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This Cape-Cod-inspired lake home, with authentic Shingle-style detailing, was designed for casual living and easy entertaining, and to capture the breathtaking views of the lake on which it is sited. As the lake lot is long and narrow, with existing homes built very close on both sides, the primary design objective was to design a home to direct views to the lake, while creating privacy from the neighboring houses. Expansive windows and French doors facing the lake allow beautiful view lines to the lake and enable natural light to flood into these rooms. Utility rooms and secondary spaces are arranged to block views of the neighboring houses. The floor plan is very open, so that the spaces feel more expansive, and the primary interior rooms flow together and are integrated with the outdoor living areas and directed views to the lake. Playful Shingle-style elements were incorporated into the design, such as the unique 35-foot tower room, which captures panoramic views of the lake, and creates a bell-tower architectural element on the exterior. The casual morning dining room is set in an alcove off the kitchen and creates a second bell tower architectural element. Charming Cape Cod Shingle-style design elements were carried throughout the interior detailing and material selections, as well as the exterior of the house.