Harbor View Lodge

Architect: N.J. White Associates Architecture

This summer residence was constructed on the shore of Lake Michigan with a spectacular view of the Manitou Islands.

    The residence was designed as a rustic family lodge that will be used by generations of family to come. Special care was taken in the positioning and layout to harmonize and blend with the site. The trees and the natural contours were maintained to minimize the impact on the land and to create a tucked-in, private feeling.

    The architect minimized the footprint by designing the main living space over the large garage/storage area. This elevated the main level to take full advantage of the spectacular view from all rooms. 

    The owners' carefully thought-out requirements were artistically assembled into a cottage that is uniquely visual. The interior space is divided into a large central common area, flanked by private sleeping and bath areas. These private quarters are then separated with double doors to reduce the sound from a variable-age household.

    The one-hundred-year-old lodge look and feel were created using Douglas fir timbers, reclaimed antique barn wood, and large Montana fieldstone. Each room was designed to have its own unique detail; the sleeping porch brings the outside in by using the same finish as the exterior, the kitchen has two islands, which multiplies the workable counter space, the master bed, bath, and office are separated with a hall to provide a quiet space away from others and long-range accessibility is assured with the barrier-free bath, shower, and elevator that services all three levels. The antique style and design of the cabinetry and built-ins were accomplished by taking advantage of our custom millwork shop.

     The rustic exterior is a board and batten style siding with touches of hand-split cedar shingles. The stonewalls and pillars are laid up in a dry stack look with slab column caps. Douglas fir timber frame porches, brackets, and rafters create the old lodge feel to the outside living spaces. The wraparound ipe (pronounced e pay) deck and terraces provide a perfect spot to relax in all sun and wind conditions, and also to take full advantage of the magnificent views available. Specially cast bronze stanchions and rails are mounted atop the deck railing to allow an unobstructed view. The view can also be appreciated when showering in the outside stone shower.

    A one-hundred-year roof of copper was selected so replacement would not be an issue for future generations. The lodge was constructed with high regard for the strong Lake Michigan shoreline weather. Every precaution was taken to provide the best protection from this weather by adhering to strict guidelines for flashing and sealing. This prevents the infiltrations of air and moisture into the building. From the highly insulated roof system to the closed-cell foam thermal break under the concrete floor, the most energy-efficient materials available were used to provide efficient heating and cooling.

    A closed loop geothermal heat pump was used to heat an in-floor radiant heating system in the lower level, and air-to-air heat pumps are used to heat and cool all other areas of the lodge.

    Exposure to chemicals was of great important to the owner, so special care was taken in the section of all materials used in construction to maintain the best indoor air quality available. No toxic finishes or formaldehyde were used in any way.

    Fun and whimsical touches can be found throughout; a local artist carved the “Fish Chandelier”, which hangs above the main entrance.

“David Webster and his entire team are truly amazing. Their workmanship from the ground up is an indicator of the quality of their final product. Each craftsman is an expert in their field and they respect the talents of their colleagues.”

- Jes Asmussen and Colleen Cooper