Harbert Cottage on Lake Michigan, North American Cabin

Harbert Cottage, Lake Michigan Cabin, MI Real Estate Redevelopment, American Residential Property, USA Architecture

Harbert Cottage on Lake Michigan

Contemporary Lakeside Cabin in North America – design by Searl Lamaster Howe Architects

Dec 8, 2019

Harbert Cottage, MI

Design: Searl Lamaster Howe Architects

Location: Lake, MI, Michigan, USA

Harbert Cottage Lake Michigan

The brief for this project was born from a desire to clearly express the beauty of simple honest construction and basic materials characterizes this gut renovation of a 1950s ranch house, now Harbert Cottage, in a lakeside Michigan community

Harbert Cottage Lake Michigan

Exposed wood trusses, polished concrete floors, zinc coated walls and roofing, galvanized metal grating, and white stucco are offset by crimson red casement windows. A screened porch – the epicenter of this summer home – distinguishes the street side facade and provides a direct connection to the gardens surrounding the house.

Harbert Cottage Lake Michigan

A geothermal well feeds a radiant heating system embedded in the floor. Structurally insulated panels fabricated offsite provide a superior level of thermal protection.

Contemporary Lakeside Cabin in North America design by Searl Lamaster Howe Architects

Local sourcing was used whenever possible for supplies including the windows, cabinetry, drywall, concrete block, trusses, and metal work.

Contemporary Lakeside Cabin design by Searl Lamaster Howe Architects

The brief was to reinvigorate and much loved but much dilapidated cottage owned by the client since the early 1970s.

Contemporary US Lakeside Cabin design by Searl Lamaster Howe Architects

Harbert Cottage Lake Michigan

Some of the key challenges was maintaining the character of the original structure in the renovation. Much of the structure of the house is fully exposed which required extra care in the detailing of connections.

Harbert Cottage Lake Michigan

Renovating rather than tearing down the original structure is inherently sustainable. The house features a geothermally heated radiant floors, and high R-value insulation. The structurally insulated roof panels were installed in one afternoon.

Harbert Cottage Lake Michigan

Harbert Cottage Lake Michigan

Harbert Cottage, Michigan – Building Information

Design: Searl Lamaster Howe Architects

Project size: 1900
Site size: 100000 ft2
Completion date: 2015
Building levels: 2

Harbert Cottage Lake Michigan

Photographers: Tony Soluri

Harbert Cottage on Lake Michigan, North America images / information received 081219

Location: MI, USA




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