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To take advantage of the amazing lake view, indoor/outdoor rooms like this one allow for use year round. This room has elements of mid-century style, but also takes inspiration from a Moroccan riad, discovered by the clients own world travels. Large, folding NanaWall doors collapse allowing zero-threshold entry from outside. The absence of steps or level changes in most of the home will allow the couple and all of their guests to easily access their home, even as they age.

Creating the home as a sustainable and healthy living space for the family was top priority, beginning with site selection. Calculating what available property would be the shortest in drive time (not just in distance) to regional transit directed toward Chicago led the family to select this location. The plan of the home considered the existing landscape so as to avoid harming or removal of the beautiful, towering trees. A winding, terraced path leads out to the lake, interfacing with the natural landscape and planted with all native species.

The materials used in the home were carefully selected to consider quality, durability, longevity, local and sustainable sourcing, and to promote healthy indoor air quality. All of the materials and fittings were selected to consider longevity, and the abuse they may endure from a life living near sand and sea.


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