Michigan architects Visbeen Associates assembled this stunning lakefront home for a family of five in Rockford, Michigan. This shingle-style house is set directly on the coast of Silver Lake — a perfect setting for an active family who enjoys water sports. For the customers, the most significant thing was designing a home that would inspire them to all be together — in the more personal segments of the house.
Together with the assistance of interior designer Julie Holmes, Visbeen Associates established a home that can accommodate big groups of the children’s friends, but nevertheless feels comfortable when the household is on its own.
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While the customers wanted this room to feel open, Visbeen Associates built in columns, beams and half walls across the space to make a small sense of separation. Each region feels distinct, but there’s nevertheless a clear sense of flow.
The dining area is open to the kitchen and confronts a double-sided fireplace, which opens into a small living room. The open floor plan retains the kitchen attached to a dining and living room and gives it a clear perspective of the lake.
Chairs: Woodbridge; de endant: Circa Lighting
The double-sided fireplace drops back on the other side of the dining space, which produces a complete lake view in the dining and kitchen locations. Possessing the living room connected to the dining room and kitchen area produces a natural stream when the household is entertaining, and also keeps them in one main living room when it is only the five of them.
The house is full of cottage details as well as contemporary characteristics that make it feel brand new. The expansive kitchen with its foggy-blue subway tile includes a distinctly coastal vibe.
Countertop: Quartz; pendants: Schoolhouse Electric
A built-in booth designed for casual and relaxing meals is tucked in next to your property’s kitchen and main living areas. The curved stall can easily seat six, but if more space is needed, the table can be switched out and much more chairs can be added.
A built-in refrigerator blends with all the kitchen white tiled cabinetry. A pinch of blue shelving provides a modern pop of color.
Refrigerator: Sub Zero
The rear entry is lined with a durable limestone tile, and the walls are covered with chalkboard paint. Every family member can observe significant reminders on their way in and out of the house.
A home office is just inside the front doorway, allowing members of the household to be near to the primary living areas even when they are working. At the same time, it is also set up a small flight of stairs to provide the space a feeling of privacy.
Sconces: Circa Lighting; desk chairs: Milling Road/Baker
The 5-story stair tower is among the more distinct architectural features in the house. All floors are available from this fundamental flight of stairs. (A rec-room was set up in the loft on the floor, since there’s no cellar.) An airplane model designed from the homeowner’s grandfather hangs above.
The master suite and the children’s suite are located on the second floor. The girl’s room are combined together with Dutch doors, which allows them to share the space and have privacy when needed.
The girls also share a bath with Jack-and-Jill doors. Vanities on both sides of the tub can be shut off with a pocket door for complete privacy.
The two Visbeen Associates and Holmes were cautious to integrate plenty of storage space. Built-in drawers and shelving are found in every area, as well as free-standing cupboards, like this amazing yellow locker reclaimed in the YMCA.
Visbeen Associates was cautious to make the rooms a comfortable size without letting any 1 bedroom feel overly big. The size of these rooms makes the entire home feel much more inviting.
The master bedroom features a gorgeous view of the beautiful lake. The second floor also was designed to encourage your family to spend time together. The master suite includes a family room located outside the bedroom.
Bedframe: Ethan Allen
Bench: British Traditions
The master bath gets a bit of elegance with a cheerful turquoise wallpaper from Osborne & Little.
Wallpaper: Osborne & Little
Vanities: Tru Kitchens
The laundry area in this home is full of pleasure, but it’s also perfectly designed to suit your family’s laundry needs, together with counterspace for folding and tons of shelving, cabinetry and drawers for storage.
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