Exterior, Farmhouse Building Type, House Building Type, Gable RoofLine, and Metal Roof Material “When you’re doing a second home, a lot of the character of the design is defined by what it isn’t,” says architect Greg Howe, as a way of explaining the minimalistic approach that was taken on this Michigan weekend home. “If you think of it as cold, you have to remember, the setting, and accessing nature, is the point.”  Photo 1 of 8 in Modern Cottage Renovation in Michigan