The new cheerful interior of this aged house reflects the specific aesthetic and lifestyle choices of its owners – Brooklyn-based writer Gayle Forman and her musician-librarian husband.
Natural goodness becomes a part of life at CSF House with the open living space embracing both the green spaces. It is the upper levels that contain the kids’ rooms along with the master bedroom and other private areas.
Chilly mountain air descends down to the valley from the lofty peaks each afternoon turning the prospect of an open outdoor garden into an impossibility. To get around this problem Aarón Carrillo Díaz decided to bring the greenery indoors along with the sight of the open sky and plenty of natural light and sweeping terraces.
Set on a lot that is not much larger than just the modest home is spread across two different levels. It is the ground floor that contains the living room kitchen and dining space along with an additional bedroom bathroom and a large deck outside.
It is an exposed brick wall that act as the visual link between the open living area kitchen and the lovely courtyard just outside. Starting its journey at the kitchen bench the meanders through the living room becomes all too apparent at the barbecue zone and ends it journey by morphing into a long bench seat at the end of the courtyard.
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’.
Think of space-saving interiors we often imagine quirky desks that disappear into the wall Murphy beds that only come out at night and uber-creative shelving which seamlessly blends into the backdrop.