Contemporary Home in the Woods Turns Nature Into Art
House at a Glance
Location: Lake City, Michigan
Size: 2,600 square feet (241.5 square meters)
Designers: Bryan Anderson and Katherine Hillbrand of SALA Architects
A professional couple living in Boston have long owned a piece of property in Michigan near their family. When they decided to move back home, they envisioned a contemporary house in the woods to accommodate their quiet lifestyle, with room for visiting family and friends.
The homeowners didn’t want an open-plan interior, but instead sought discrete rooms and areas, according to architect Bryan Anderson and Katherine Hillbrand. So the design team created a house with a pavilion on each end, with windows placed to provide framed views of the woods from every room.
Circulation patterns in the house are highlighted by a rectified porcelain tile floor. Wire-brushed and whitewashed oak floors create tactile and visual comfort underfoot in the living spaces. Skylights throughout the home bring in soft, diffuse light from above.
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