Higgins Lake House

Higgins Lake, Michigan
Location
  • Higgins Lake, Michigan
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2012
  • Square Feet
  • 4800
  • Bedrooms
  • 6
  • Full Baths
  • 4
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Many families in Michigan share a tradition of spending weekends and vacations in cottages adjacent to the state’s collection of lakes. Higgins Lake is considered one of the most spectacular of the inland lakes and the empty-nester’s who commissioned this cottage wanted to be able to share this resource with their large family and many friends. In order to do so, they requested a large gathering area for cooking, eating and relaxing and space to sleep twenty adults.

    Given the relatively large size of the cottage compared to the neighboring houses, the central challenge of this project is fitting a large building onto a narrow site without overwhelming the neighbors, but still taking advantage of the views. Our solution locates the house in the center of the site and breaks the overall volume of the building down into four smaller volumes to better incorporate it into the surroundings. Additionally, this strategy brings substantial amounts of light and air into every room of the house while allowing for views out to the lake and surrounding forest.

    The living quarters and master suite are located above grade while the remaining bedrooms are partially buried to further diminish the apparent size of the house. The living quarters have a large expanse of glass facing the lake and additional glazing along the south side of the house to take advantage of passive heating in the winter. A large deck on the lake side of the house provides views while extending living space in the warmer months.

    Winner of the 2012 Detroit Home Design Award for Best Contemporary Home
    Photos by Jeff Garland Photography

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    South side of house looking toward lake Photo  of Higgins Lake House modern home

    South side of house looking toward lake

    West side of house at sunset Photo 2 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    West side of house at sunset

    Living room looking out toward lake Photo 3 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    Living room looking out toward lake

    South side facade at dusk Photo 4 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    South side facade at dusk

    South side with concrete stepped retaining walls Photo 5 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    South side with concrete stepped retaining walls

    Full south side facade with cedar clad garage door Photo 6 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    Full south side facade with cedar clad garage door

    Corner detail between sleeping "bar" and living "pavilion" Photo 7 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    Corner detail between sleeping "bar" and living "pavilion"

    Southwest corner showing relationship between wrap around deck and interior Photo 8 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    Southwest corner showing relationship between wrap around deck and interior

    Cedar rain screen and metal guardrail at light well Photo 9 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    Cedar rain screen and metal guardrail at light well

    Entry courtyard with tree Photo 10 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    Entry courtyard with tree

    Southwest corner looking back toward house Photo 11 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    Southwest corner looking back toward house

    Outdoor shower with cedar clad door to blend with siding Photo 12 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    Outdoor shower with cedar clad door to blend with siding

    Continuous wood riser/ tread detail Photo 13 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    Continuous wood riser/ tread detail

    Kitchen with exposed beams and oak ceiling Photo 14 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    Kitchen with exposed beams and oak ceiling

    South facade Photo 15 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    South facade

    Southwest corner with stepped landscaping Photo 16 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    Southwest corner with stepped landscaping

    Rear courtyard with tree and basement bedroom windows Photo 17 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    Rear courtyard with tree and basement bedroom windows

    Living room looking toward lake Photo 18 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    Living room looking toward lake

    Structural detail showing post to column connection and custom bracket Photo 19 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    Structural detail showing post to column connection and custom bracket

    View from basement bedroom into courtyard Photo 20 of Higgins Lake House modern home

    View from basement bedroom into courtyard