The Lake Michigan House

The Lake Michigan House

Seeking a retreat from their busy lives in a Cleveland suburb, the owners reached out to Mathison | Mathison Architects, who brought in Homes by Denali to create a second home on Lake Michigan to create special memories with their young children and extended family.

They envisioned a modern beach house that captured the 200-degree views of the lake and promoted indoor-outdoor living. While committed to a cohesive, modern aesthetic, the Owners also prioritized view and experience. Window locations maximize the aperture to the lake and reinforce a sense of tranquility and balance. The site’s modest footprint and striking visual opportunities demanded a democratic distribution of program, placing sleeping and gathering spaces collectively westward, and circulation on the roadside.

The home operates like a family inn, accommodating up to 12, but comforting for just five. Bedrooms occupy the upstairs, allowing the primary suite a roof deck with a sweeping vista. Living space at the main level doubles in size through large sliding glass doors to a deck with direct beach access. Large overhangs and a trellis invite this extended experience in warmer months and regulate summer sun. While propping up the high-use zones, the lower level also does the work of classic Michigan beach house, with an outdoor shower, an ample bunk room, and a changing bath.

Photographer / Geoff Shirley
Architect / Mathison | Mathison Architects
Location / Lake Michigan Shoreline
Square Footage / 2260
Completed / 2022

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