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Higgins Lake House in Roscommon, Michigan by Jeff Jordan Architects

 
September 28th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Jeff Jordan Architects

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.

Side Day (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

  • Architect: Jeff Jordan Architects
  • Name of Project: Higgins Lake House
  • Location: Roscommon, Michigan, USA
  • Photographs: Jeff Garland Photography

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.

 

Side Dusk (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

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.

 

South Court (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

Side and Lake Day (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

Outdoor Shower (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

North Court (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

Deck Dusk (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

Guardrail (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

Kitchen (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

Lakeside Day (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

Living Room (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

Courtyard Bedroom (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

Corner (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

Post and Beam (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

Stair (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

Stair Detail (Images Courtesy Jeff Garland Photography)

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