A Floating Living Room Sets a Family’s Lake Michigan Cottage Apart From the Rest

The elevated glass-wrapped space juts out from the two-level plan, giving a unique perspective of the waterfront setting.
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The shores of Lake Michigan have long been meaningful to Jill and Toby Gebben. The couple had their first date here, and when Toby was growing up, his family had a vacation home along its north shore. For years, the couple dreamed of having a lakeside cottage of their own to enjoy with their daughters, Ella and Audrey, now 22 and 19, and extended family and friends.

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Brian Libby
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Brian Libby is a Portland-based architecture writer who has contributed to Dwell since 2004. He has also written for The New York Times, Architect, CityLab, Salon, Metropolis, Architectural Record and The Oregonian, among others.


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