Michigan Residence

Buchanan, Michigan

This southwest Michigan lake house is rooted in the functional simplicity of the surrounding farms. The house faces a small lake and is situated in a meadow surrounded by maple, walnut, and poplar forest. Large glass sliders and a wraparound deck take in serene views. Exterior colors play off tree bark and leaves, while the interior brings nature inside, showcasing rustic third-grade maple and pine.

The structural frame was prefabricated in a warehouse, shipped to the site, and erected with a small crane. The all-electric house has geothermal heating/cooling, passive solar winter heating, and natural vertical air convection. The owner removed only four trees from the site, which they later used for tables, stair treads, and bathroom vanities.