Private Residence, Richland, Michigan
The two-story addition to this island summer lake home was designed to be nothing like the traditional cottage. Its summer residents wanted the addition to be sleek and contemporary with a modern European feel. White, austere walls with accents of bright orange within the furnishings create a clean palette for the lake views. Contrasting elements of wood, glass, metal and stone were used on the stairs and the bedroom balcony overlooking the living room.
Durable materials and finishes, such as stain and water resistant fabrics and porcelain floor tile with glass accents were used to withstand the wear and tear of young children running in from the beach. A small kitchenette was added to accommodate afternoon snacks.