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7 Houses in the Great Lakes Region

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Houses we love in Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, and more (Canada included).
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  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.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot

    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.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  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.

    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.

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  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.  Photo by: Chad Holder

    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.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  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.  Photo by: Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

    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.

    Photo by: Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

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  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.  Photo by: Narayan Mahon

    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.

    Photo by: Narayan Mahon

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  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.  Photo by: Raimund Koch

    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.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forge a new kind of vacation house. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.  Photo by: Lorne Bridgman

    On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forge a new kind of vacation house. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.

    Photo by: Lorne Bridgman

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