MULTIPLE ROOM ADDITIONS AND ILL-PLANNED MODIFICATIONS by previous owners left an early twentieth century cottage on Orchard Lake with little character and a structure that would not sustain the major modifications the current owners desired. Christine Ramaekers and MainStreet Design Build developed a plan, taking the home down to its original floor deck to allow the construction of a new home that is cohesive and allows lake views from nearly every room.
Easy access to the outdoors was a key goal, so the rear elevation was designed with a covered porch on the second level. French doors lead outdoors from the main bedroom, and the glass railings ensure no view is obstructed. The heavy arched timber trusses and roof structure add rich architectural detail to the home and allow the homeowners to enjoy their private porch for much of the year, rain or shine.
Right below the master porch, the sunroom leads directly to the lakeside patio. When entertaining, one can easily access the kitchen, which adjoins the sunroom. Extra wide limestone steps create a welcoming feel and add a bit of safety. The canyon creek stone and limestone capping details surround the home and are carried inside to the large open natural fireplace.