Searl Lamaster Howe Architects recently renovated a classic American ranch house to revive its former glory. Built back in the 50s, the Harbert Cottage in Michigan was beautifully updated using industrial materials and following sustainable principles. The result is a modern daylit living space heated up by clean geothermal energy.
Located on a lakeside in Michigan, the Harbert Cottage was built in a classic American ranch style. Although its size and general layout were working well, it needed an urgent renovation as its sloping roof was caving in and its slab was slowly sinking. So the Chicago-based architects took the opportunity to reengineer and reinvigorate the space while respecting its original humble design.
The cottage’s minimalistic interiors feature exposed wooden trusses, polished concrete floors and white stucco on the walls. A geothermal well feeds a radiant heating system embedded in the floor while prefabricated insulated panels provide the interiors with high thermal protection. A great green renovation example, the Harbert Cottage has significantly reduced its environmental impact without losing its charm.
Photos by Searl Lamaster Howe Architects