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Tour this absolutely dreamy French Normandy lake house in Wisconsin

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This traditional French Normandy lake house was designed by Wade Weissmann Architecture, located in North Shore, a community in the town of Sumner, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. For this project, the architects sited this new residence to engage with the property with regard to natural light and the owner’s desire for a substantial amount of indoor/outdoor living.

The owner had a fond appreciation for French Normandy architecture, desiring a floor plan that would enable them to host large gatherings, but also feel comfortable as a home for two “empty nesters.” Continue below to see the inside of this spectacular home…

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Main living spaces were sited to allow for maximum southern light exposure, good microclimates, and a flow that encouraged interaction between the kitchen, screened in porch, dining room, and main gathering room. In contrast, the library and master bedroom and bath were configured as a sort of ‘suite of rooms’ that could facilitate more privacy.

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For both the interior and exterior of the home, we utilized materials traditionally considered to be appropriate for a northern climate – brick, slate, copper, timber and stone.

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Above: Wood, metal, stone and natural light merge in this entry area.

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Above: A classic arch leads to dark wood double glass paned exterior doors.

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Above: Double doors open to lush grounds and a serpentine drive.

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What We Love: This French Normandy lake house features a stunning exterior facade surrounded by lush greenery and a picturesque lakeside backdrop. Classic architectural details throughout this inviting home offers an atmosphere that is ideal for entertaining family and friends. We are especially loving the gorgeous kitchen with its brick backsplash and gold and black details, while large windows and doors invites nature inside.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the aesthetics of this home? Please let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other fascinating home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this home: Beautiful shingle style home in Wisconsin designed to maximize lake views and A plantation style home brimming with Southern charm in Nashville.

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Above: A classic stairwell with custom spindle railings is complemented by an ornate pendant light.

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Above: Soft curves and natural light with dark contrasts details this home.

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Above: Rod iron framed pendant chandelier blends with dark wood banister contrasted by white walls.

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Above: A view through an archway into the expansive living room with beamed ceilings, wood planked floors and an abundance of natural light.

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Above: A light stone fireplace is flanked by landscapes in gilded frames.

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Above: Dark wood beamed ceilings and wood planked floors are tempered by light walls and paneled glass windows in this classic living room.

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Above: Wooden beams adorn the ceiling which is decorated with a rustic cast iron chandelier.

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Above: A black and gold island doubles as a breakfast table. while a tall to ceiling arched window floods the kitchen with natural light.

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Above: A black and gold hood contrasts with a rustic brick backsplash.

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Above: An expansive arched window floods the kitchen with light while the dark wood french doors bring the outdoors in.

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Above: A rustic metal chandelier adorns the ceiling above this arched window framed with brick.

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Above: Dark wood beams geometrically array this white ceiling in this formal dining room.

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Above: An elegant crystal chandelier adds interest in contrast to the dark wood beamed ceilings.

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Above: Elegant glass shelving provides a storage solution in this nook for barware.

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Above: An elegant glass shelved home bar combines the patina of rich wood and metallic finishes.

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Above: This floor plan flows seamlessly from one room to the next, each area being classic with a touch of rustic elegance.

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Above: This classic yet cozy den combines rich wood panelling with vaulted wood ceilings and builtin book shelves.

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Above: Wood and copper detailing on wooden walls.

Above: This classic study is hidden behind a door concealed as a bookcase.

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Above: An organic wood walled powder room with a classic framed mirror and natural countertop and floors contrasted by elegant brass shaded sconces.

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Above: Details in this organic powder room reflect the use of natural materials throughout.

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Above: A view beyond the stone fireplace to these idyllic grounds creates an organic ambiance in this transitional family room.

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Above: A neutral color palette creates a relaxing ambiance in this classic bedroom while the double doors to the patio creates an organic outdoor environment.

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Above: Heavy dark wood beams contrast this otherwise light and elegant bathroom.

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Above: Double arches define this space while vertical spindle banister frames the hallway and an arched paned window is filled with natural light.

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Above: A detailed arch is a repeated motif leading to oversized paned glass windows.

Above: Double doors of rich hardwood are adorned with bright brass hardware.

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Above: Chevron patterned dark wood doors flank either side of this bathroom entry.

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Above: A geodesic chandelier hovers below a custom structured skylight.

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Above: An abundance of windows allows for ample natural light in this brick stately French Normandy lake house.

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Photos: David Bader

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