In the Details | A Lakefront Life - Design Bureau

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The home’s exterior limestone base was constructed with a load-bearing masonry finish to emphasize that it is an anchor for the rest of the house, says Young. The upper part of the exterior, also made of limestone, creates a sculptural volume that appears to spring toward the nearby park and lake.

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The kitchen is outfitted in cream and wood cabinetry.

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The living room offers spectacular views of Lake Michigan through the bay window. Hardwood floors bring warmth, while the fireplace, made from bronze tile and limestone, literally warms up the spacious room.

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Stairs lead from the sitting room on the first floor to the dining room on the second floor.

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In the entryway, the limestone flooring is a continuation of the exterior finish. The custom-built door mimics the window treatment.

In the Details | A Lakefront Life

Monday, July 29th, 2013

By Lesley Stanley
Photos by Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Architect Sharlene Young of Wheeler Kearns Architects made sure to take advantage of the property’s stunning views of Lake Michigan and its peaceful surroundings when designing this 4,600-square-foot home. “The directional approach of the house opening up towards the lake made the inspiration very much about the view,” Young says. Inside, the three-story, split-level home features a combination of cozy interiors on a nontraditional scale. The spacious living room boasts a warm color palette of rust and ocher tones, while the rich creamy colors of the kitchen add another layer of hominess. Three outdoor terraces serve as extensions of the overall living space where the owner can entertain a crowd or simply relax. For energy-efficiency, Young incorporated solar thermal panels and geothermal wells for heating, and an irrigation system for rainwater.

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