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new buffalo residence


Situated on the edge of Lake Michigan, this property contains both dense woods and a bluff to the sandy shore. Our challenge was to create a new, energyefficient, low-maintenance vacation home. The owners wished for a gathering place for their multi-generational family to escape their busy city lives. The site approach and the architecture are integrated together through a central entry axis, where visitors are welcomed with a lush courtyard. Lake waters beckon through the sliding glass doors of the porch connector. Four cedar-clad cabins, two on each side of the axis, are peaked to reflect the surrounding Midwestern architecture. Flat, zinc-clad connector spaces link the cabins together, providing both separation and definition. Each cabin offers a specific function: storage, guests, gathering, and a master suite. Large windows and glass doors maximize views to the lake and woods, allowing the home to “breathe the lake air.� Dramatic skylights bring in natural light that ebbs and flows throughout the space. The grand scale of the vaulted living space contrasts the more intimate porch and family room in the connectors. The separation of the multiple cabins fulfills the needs of the large family, while maintaining privacy. Durable materials and neutral finishes within the interior reduce maintenance while evoking the native beach landscape.


BOOTH HANSEN 333 S. Desplaines Street, Suite 100 Chicago, Illinois 60661 p: (312) 869–5000 boothhansen.com

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New Buffalo Residence  

Situated on the edge of Lake Michigan, this property contains both dense woods and a bluff to the sandy shore. Booth Hansen was challenged t...

New Buffalo Residence  

Situated on the edge of Lake Michigan, this property contains both dense woods and a bluff to the sandy shore. Booth Hansen was challenged t...

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