A custom-built home by definition is one that reflects the specific style and answers to the lifestyle needs of the homeowner. Every detail small and large, from the orientation on the property and floor plan, to window placement and light fixtures, should be faithful to the residents’ vision. While some homeowners embarking on a custom project may be inclined to have more general or traditional views of what makes for the perfect family home, those with very specific ideas on all aspects of the project yield some brilliantly unique creations.
The recent endeavor by a long-time lake-living couple was dictated by their equal love of the lake and entertaining. The magic of this home is reflected in the home’s symbiotic relationship with the beautiful property and the masterful lake views it affords, as well as its entirely creative allocation of living and entertaining space. An entirely contemporary design both pays homage to and reinvents the classic lake home with its generous windows and expansive balconies and patios oriented toward the home’s exceptional lake frontage and views.
The story begins on the main floor of the home, inviting guests to enjoy an open floor plan that encompasses the kitchen, living and dining room, all enjoying sweeping views of the water beyond. The layout dictates an easy flow from each room, encouraging communal gatherings within each space. The kitchen is designed to accommodate elaborate meal preparations, with room and seating for guests to comfortably participate and mingle during the activity. The open flow between these large gathering spaces provides easy movement throughout, allowing guests to seamlessly transition throughout the stages of the party or evening.
An additional treasure on the main floor, undoubtedly an added entertainment draw, is the custom whiskey bar, with wood and leather detailing reminiscent of an old gentlemen’s club. The highly stylized bar is a brightly appointed space, enhanced by the lake views and generous windows, modernizing the gentleman’s club concept as well as making it an extremely popular spot day or night. While this unique room clearly has a distinctive tone and style, defined by the dark woods on the ceiling and bar, it seamlessly ties into the entire main floor of this modern lake entertaining home.
Enhancing this home’s entertaining focus are some exceptional interior architectural details, focal points of the home, which tie the main level in with the intended private quarters of the home. Two of the most interesting focal points are the staircase, suspended with open treads and accented with steel rods finished in the owner’s factory, juxtaposed along a continuous monolithic wall of exceptional wood that extends from the basement floor to the 2nd floor ceiling.
Even the most socially active family needs private quarters to retreat to, which merit the same exceptional attention to detail as those spaces designed for public enjoyment. This master suite more than fulfills this expectation, separated from the main entertaining spaces. Situated on the home’s upper level, it boasts all the luxurious amenities of a private sanctuary, right down to the fireplace in both the bedroom and bath.