A picturesque backdrop that is enriched by Lake Michigan and a tranquil setting that allows the modern residence in the foreground to steal the show – this in Leelanau County Michigan has plenty going for it! Designed by Desai Chia Architecture in collaborating with this dramatic contemporary residence instantly grabs your attention with the 20-foot-long cantilevered upper level and a charred wood exterior that dubbed ‘shou sugi ban’.
A smart wooden staircase leads the way to the bedrooms kids’ rooms and bathrooms above even as wonderful views of the tranquil lake next to the home leave us enthralled. Spacious balconies secluded outdoor hangouts with a fireplace and beautiful family rooms put the final touches on an exquisite and exceptional lakeside residence.
Taking cues from local architecture and the buildings cherished past the was designed by Walker Warner Architects to create a bridge between two different eras. The exterior of the house and its overall silhouette mimic the form of a classic residence that is all too common in this part of California.
Designed by FujiwaraMuro Architects the house welcomes you with a traditional Japanese sitting area leading to a living space kitchen and dining. The open plan living aims to be as unconstrained as possible and décor is kept to a bare minimum to accentuate the sense of spaciousness.
In both the bedroom and the living area it is the fireplace that becomes the focal point of it all with inviting relaxation zones and conversation nooks next to them. White light gray and brown are used to shape the backdrop in each room with festive motifs acting as smart accents in a home where bright colors are a rarity.
Internal partitions on the living level are completely done away with as the kitchen and dining area create an interactive social hub. It is a wood and white color scheme that holds sway inside with an innate sense of minimalism apparent throughout. A gently curved roof relaxing private spaces on the top floor and a smart entry complete this lovely Japanese home that is all about simplicity and tranquility!
Not every modern home needs to be about an extraordinary design solution that sets it apart from the rest. At times the best home is one that just responds the specific features of the landscape it sits in and the needs of the homeowner.