Sunset View

Packed with cottage attributes, an open floor plan featuring intimate spaces lends warmth and discerning character in this multi-seasonal, updated shingle-style shoreline home.

Columns, beams, half-walls and built-ins are among design elements creating a sense of separation. “The home offers a feeling of security through these architectural cues,” noted Wayne Visbeen, AIA, IIDA of Visbeen Associates Inc. “Yet all of these spaces completely flow into one another.”

Opening to the kitchen and a double-sided fireplace, the dining room features a lounge area and curved booth that seats 6-8. When the space needs to accommodate a larger crowd, furniture in this sitting area can be traded for an expanded table and more chairs.

“On the other side of the fireplace, views of the lake expand because the hearth room drops down several steps, allowing for more glass,” Visbeen said. “Through the dining room you see the screened porch, which doesn’t interrupt views off to the side.”

Designed for year-round residency, the home’s rear entrance opens to abundant closets, laundry room, home management center, lockers and full bath.

A unique stair tower connects the home’s five levels. From the ground up, various rooms with inviting “not-so-big” appeal unfold: A guest suite upgrades and adds function to the plan’s crawl space. Up five steps from the front door, a home office or study keeps family members close to main living areas, but allows for privacy.

On the second floor, rooms are designed to nurture quality time together. Beyond an ample master suite, a creative children’s suite with spacious playroom offers flexibility. Two bedrooms open to one another through a shared bathroom; vanities on either side of the tub can be closed off by pocket door, affording privacy as each child grows. A third bedroom boasts an inventive built-in bed and roomy walk-in closet.

While a den with fireplace can be included in the master suite, left open on the second floor’s landing it invites family togetherness: “The family can nestle in here at night to read by the fire before bed,” Visbeen said. “In the morning, a front windows floods this space with light.”

Because this three-garage, lakefront home has no basement, a recreation room is factored into the attic level, which could also serve as guest room.
Others who worked on this project: Insignia Homes
Kids Workspace/Office
Ideabooks7,236
Questions6
“Kids study” — stevens5
Kids Workspace/Office
Ideabooks8,522
Questions8
“3 desks in a row” — knorton30
Sunset View
Ideabooks1,125
Questions2
“Runner left off quarter landings. Easier” — Jonathan Porter
Kitchen Sink
Ideabooks3,516
Questions10
“Grey glass backsplash with countertop” — edlarsen
Kid's Bedroom with Built-In Bed
Ideabooks5,486
Questions6
“dutch door for laundry room” — osufbfan
Kitchen Built-In Booth
Ideabooks4,640
Questions10
The kitchen features a family-friendly dining area with a large curved booth and a handy pass-through to the kitchen.
“base & shelf on back” — ldobbyn
Kitchen Built-In Booth
Ideabooks2,126
Questions1
The kitchen features a family-friendly dining area with a large curved booth and a handy pass-through to the kitchen.
“Framing and table” — pkettler
Dining Room
Ideabooks5,150
Questions8
“lantern cornice hanging” — kkcraven
Hearth Room
Ideabooks7,953
Questions18
The hearth/family room shares a double-sided fireplace with the adjacent dining room. Windows are in keeping with the home's updated Shingle Style.
“AF Weamarenier by BM?” — smartdesigner
Girls' Rooms with Jack & Jill Bath
Ideabooks1,118
Questions6
“Pink & White Stripes” — maggiemichaels
Staircase
Ideabooks5,358
Questions8
“No carpet on landing” — carolethor
Kitchen Refrigerator & Built-Ins
Ideabooks3,001
Questions9
“Chicago blues. Ben. Moore 804” — pborgard
Dining Room Built-In
Ideabooks374
Questions1
“built in” — Marshall Jones
Back Hall Chalkboard Paint
Ideabooks660
Questions0
“do this but maybe downstairs so friends can leave messages?” — cmboggan
Back Entry Hall
Ideabooks3,280
Questions6
“Chalkboard” — tcepero
Staircase
Ideabooks440
Questions1
“Stir” — caruzn55
Bathroom
Ideabooks644
Questions3
“Vanity with tower” — jamiebaldwin5
Master Bedroom
Ideabooks2,276
Questions7
“Window above bed” — jjdprecious
Kitchen
Ideabooks6,393
Questions16
The open plan kitchen is sunny and bright and features the charm and character of the past with the full conveniences of the present
“kitchen island” — dwhobson
Kid's Bedroom with Built-In Bed
Ideabooks4,867
Questions6
“Metal locker” — fishingheart
Master Bathroom
Ideabooks700
Questions4
“Wallpaper is amazing” — tinawainwright
Kitchen Refrigerator & Built-Ins
Ideabooks205
Questions3
“panel ?” — queenira
Back Entry Lockers
Ideabooks2,949
Questions2
“White mudroom cabinets” — jennyrach
Laundry Room
Ideabooks10,081
Questions8
“Gift wrapping station” — Katherine Porter
Entry Hallway
Ideabooks2,700
Questions6
“Woodwork around windows” — schitzie
Sunset View
Ideabooks103
Questions2
Packed with cottage attributes, Sunset View features an open floor plan without sacrificing intimate spaces. Detailed design elements and updated amenities add both warmth and character to this multi-seasonal, multi-level Shingle-style-inspired home.
“Sea foam green” — ktiedje
Sunset View
Ideabooks53
Questions1
Detailed design elements and updated amenities add both warmth and character to this multi-seasonal, multi-level Shingle-style-inspired home.
“Exterior cottage design” — Mill Valley Builders Inc
Sunset View
Ideabooks209
Questions3
Packed with cottage attributes, Sunset View features an open floor plan without sacrificing intimate spaces. Detailed design elements and updated amenities add both warmth and character to this multi-seasonal, multi-level Shingle-style-inspired home.
“Paint color” — ggmack
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