French  Chateau-inspired home in the serene woods of Michigan

Martini-Samartino Design Group has designed this rustic French Chateau for a near-empty nester couple that’s nestled on a heavily wooded property in Franklin, Michigan.

Perched on the ridge of a 1.4-acre site, this 4,464-square-foot dwelling features elements that are inspired by the owner’s cottage in Northern Michigan.

Positioned thoughtfully to maximize access and take advantage of stunning views, this home is designed to make the most of its natural surroundings.

This home’s exterior emanates grandeur and style, featuring a rubble-style stone facade with bag-jointed mortar, stucco, and timber accents.

Walls that taper make it appear as if the house is growing right out of the site, while swooping rooflines feature decorative copper finials and gutters with rain chains.

The design is focused around axial vistas with strong visual anchors, whether highlighting a view through the house to the exterior or a view to an architectural focal point.

Inside, a rustic modern style perfectly complements the home’s beautiful exterior.

In the kitchen, you will find a mix of antique wood beams from Northern Michigan with bright subway tile, milky white quartzite countertops, and warm walnut wood.

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