The three-story North Shore House perches atop its long, steep site, maximizing privacy from the road and allowing unobstructed views to Lake Michigan below.
From the road, the house appears as a modest volume. Each level, distinguished in materiality, increases in size and transparency on its lake side while remaining more subdued from the public side. The garage door is tucked out-of-sight.
The home is entered between two pavilions flanking a protected entry court, and into a modest foyer, before unveiling its extraordinary view to the lake, sailboats and horizon beyond. The main level, light and transparent, encompasses public family spaces: living, kitchen, dining, organized around a central core.
Bedroom and private spaces float above in a volume clad in weathering Ipe wood and extruded copper window bays. The exercise/family room in the lower level enjoys a floor-to-ceiling glass façade to the lake and direct access to the pool, yard and beach.
General Contractor: Goldberg General Contracting, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Enspect Engineering
Interiors: Stringfellow Interiors
Landscape Architecture: McKay Landscape Architects
Photography: Steve Hall – Hall + Merrick Photographers