On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered creative ways to build a place in Michigan City, Indiana, on a budget. Photo by David Robert Elliot.
Working with architect Vincent James in the late 1990s, landscape design firm Coen and Partners were charged with integrating the 8,000-square-foot Type Variant House outside of Minneapolis into the ever-changing, lush wooded surroundings.
A dramatic departure from your typical cabin on the lake, this unique retreat on Madeline Island, Wisconsin, adds shades of black to a tiny island awash with local color.
Built on a challenging hillside site and tucked behind a thicket of trees, the Bridgman, Michigan, house designed by Scott Rappe provides a modern weekend retreat for a Chicago couple. Photo by Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing.
A steeply sloped site in the Wisconsin forest, plus an equally steep budget, led architect Brian Johnsen to reinvent the archetypal cabin for a sturdy vacation home. Photo by Narayan Mahon.
On the edge of a tiny island on Lake Huron accessible only by boat, this buoyant summer home lives the life aquatic. Photo by Raimund Koch.
On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forge a new kind of vacation house. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.