“The building form is shaped by the owner’s desire for a distinctly modern home that feels warm, open, and comfortable, and has a strong connection to the outdoors,” says De Witt. Zahn Builders used varied exterior materials of glass, western red cedar, cement panels, and metal to articulate the different functions and volumes of the home.
The living area is anchored by a double-sided fireplace built with concrete block colored to match the bark of beech trees growing on the site. A 24-foot sliding glass door opens to the outdoors.
Eating and kitchen spaces have views into the yard so the owners can keep watch of their two young girls. The master bedroom suite to the north becomes a tranquil retreat overlooking the wetland and forest.
Hot Home Design | Lucid Architecture
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Design: Lucid Architecture
Location: Olive Township, Michigan
Photos courtesy of Lucid Architecture
"Entering the densely forested site overlooking the Pigeon Creek wetland, you cross an abandoned railroad grade from more than 100 years ago and the home is revealed in the distance as it slides into sight out of the forest. The main form of the house is a tall, slender box inspired by the rail cars that once traversed the site.”
—Architect Eric De Witt, Lucid Architecture