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Fabulous contemporary family retreat set on the shores of Lake Michigan

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Wheeler Kearns Architects designed this striking contemporary family retreat that brides a valley between two dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan, in Michigan. The home was developed as a year round retreat for a family of six, whose primary residence is in Chicago. Constraints on the siting of this structure was set forth by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, whose main intent was to protect the dunes and construction amongst them.

The family wished to have a home that would immerse them into the terrain, while maximizing views of both the lake and the surrounding landscape, both indoors and out. Exterior materials includes: ipe, copper, weathering and stainless steel; selected for their longevity and low-maintenance characteristics, in addition to their  beauty.

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The interior is equally as durable as the exterior, designed with low-maintenance materials. Material elements includes pine siding for the walls; ipe, basalt and cork flooring; basalt countertops and translucent glass shower enclosures. The interior is outfitted with a geothermal and solar-based heating and cooling system. Provisions were also made to accommodate a future wind turbine for electricity generation.

The lower level encompasses the living and dining rooms, while the upper level houses the bedrooms and family room. Sited just north of the residence is the garage, with a guest suite ideally located upstairs. A boardwalk interlinks the residence with the garage, extending south to the screened-in porch and a beach path beyond.

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What We Love: This contemporary family retreat highlights a beautiful use of materials both indoors and out. Idyllic lakeside views and lush terrain offers a peaceful and relaxing escape for a busy family. Outdoors, the spectacular swimming pool travels under the boardwalk, adding to the overall aesthetic… Readers, please share your overall thoughts on the design of this home, any details that inspire you?

Note: Have a look at a couple of other home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of Wheeler Kearns Architects: Contemporary pad filled with natural light: Orchard Willow Residence and Warm and inviting contemporary refuge overlooking Lake Michigan.

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Photos: Christopher Barrett

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