Fire Lane Retreat

Designed as a year-round retreat for a Chicago family of six, the residence bridges a valley between two dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan in Michigan. Siting of the structure was determined in large part by constraints as set forth by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality with its intent of protecting the dunes and construction amongst them. The family's desire was for a building which would immerse them in the landscape with expansive views of both the lake and land while inside and out. The exterior materials consisting of ipe, copper, weathering and stainless steel were selected for their longevity and low maintenance characteristics as well as their beauty. The interior is similarly durable and low maintenance with its use of pine siding; ipe, basalt and cork flooring; basalt countertops and translucent glass shower enclosures. The interior is conditioned with a geo and solar thermal heating and cooling system. Provisions have been made to accommodate a future wind turbine for power generation. The living and dining rooms are on the first floor with bedrooms and a family room on the second. A separate guest quarter is provided above the garage to the north. The boardwalk which connects the two extends south to the screen porch and beach path beyond.

structural - enspect engineering
mep - midwestern engineering, renewable energy - ibc engineering
construction - lakeshore enterprises, landscape - green mansions
photography - christopher barrett
Fire Lane Retreat
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structural - enspect engineering mep - midwestern engineering, renewable energy - ibc engineering construction - lakeshore enterprises, landscape - green mansions photography - christopher barrett
“Sink and toilet” — Michele Beermann Hafey
Fire Lane Retreat
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Questions1
structural - enspect engineering mep - midwestern engineering, renewable energy - ibc engineering construction - lakeshore enterprises, landscape - green mansions photography - christopher barrett
“wood exterior” — tensigrity
Fire Lane Retreat
Ideabooks9,872
Questions13
structural - enspect engineering mep - midwestern engineering, renewable energy - ibc engineering construction - lakeshore enterprises, landscape - green mansions photography - christopher barrett
“Lighting and layout” — lenay1983
Fire Lane Retreat
Ideabooks205
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structural - enspect engineering mep - midwestern engineering, renewable energy - ibc engineering construction - lakeshore enterprises, landscape - green mansions photography - christopher barrett
“wood exterior” — tensigrity
Fire Lane Retreat
Ideabooks99
Questions0
structural - enspect engineering mep - midwestern engineering, renewable energy - ibc engineering construction - lakeshore enterprises, landscape - green mansions photography - christopher barrett
“drwaing room” — subhash66
Fire Lane Retreat
Ideabooks968
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structural - enspect engineering mep - midwestern engineering, renewable energy - ibc engineering construction - lakeshore enterprises, landscape - green mansions photography - christopher barrett
“Mansion” — nmichella
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structural - enspect engineering mep - midwestern engineering, renewable energy - ibc engineering construction - lakeshore enterprises, landscape - green mansions photography - christopher barrett
“Huset” — andersalm
Fire Lane Retreat
Ideabooks99
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structural - enspect engineering mep - midwestern engineering, renewable energy - ibc engineering construction - lakeshore enterprises, landscape - green mansions photography - christopher barrett
“Simplicity” — stephanieavery
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Ideabooks94
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structural - enspect engineering mep - midwestern engineering, renewable energy - ibc engineering construction - lakeshore enterprises, landscape - green mansions photography - christopher barrett
“Everything.” — asataylor
Fire Lane Retreat
Ideabooks134
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structural - enspect engineering mep - midwestern engineering, renewable energy - ibc engineering construction - lakeshore enterprises, landscape - green mansions photography - christopher barrett
“For Baybay” — galileogumalo
Fire Lane Retreat
Ideabooks1,223
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structural - enspect engineering mep - midwestern engineering, renewable energy - ibc engineering construction - lakeshore enterprises, landscape - green mansions photography - christopher barrett
“Bunks” — Mia Hitchcock
Fire Lane Retreat
Ideabooks1,430
Questions2
structural - enspect engineering mep - midwestern engineering, renewable energy - ibc engineering construction - lakeshore enterprises, landscape - green mansions photography - christopher barrett
“sky light above bed” — kempalthea
Fire Lane Retreat
Ideabooks102
Questions0
structural - enspect engineering mep - midwestern engineering, renewable energy - ibc engineering construction - lakeshore enterprises, landscape - green mansions photography - christopher barrett
“bed 1” — subhash66
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