Howe’s client had a sentimental attachment to the old home, shown above in an old photo. It drew the architect’s focus toward a minimal, open-plan renovation. “It had the worst smell I had ever smelled in a house due to moisture,” says Howe.  Photo 2 of 8 in Modern Cottage Renovation in Michigan
While the cottage is ideal for long summer weekends, a geothermal system that warms the concrete floors makes it an inviting spot in the winters, too. The sofa and table in the living room came from Gus* Modern, and the armchair is Mitchell Gold. The sideboard against the back wall is a vintage piece from the owner’s collection.  Photo 4 of 8 in Modern Cottage Renovation in Michigan
Completed in 2013, the roughly 1,500-square-foot cabin provides an open living area framed by white trusses and concrete floors. The dining table was acquired by the owner from a local inn, and is surrounded by the Eames molded plastic Eiffel side chairs from Design Within Reach. The kitchen features a Grohe faucet, a wood bowl from a shop in Harbert, and an Ikea vase.  Photo 3 of 8 in Modern Cottage Renovation in Michigan
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