Cat Head Point
Architect: David Hanawalt, Architect
Designed thinking outside the box, this Lake Michigan water front residence employees curvilinear shapes to complement the rolling dunescape site. The open interior spaces are clean contemporary lines with a graceful curved ceiling. The bleached maple interior complements the black accent from the counters. A glass balcony bridge bisects the second floor and overlooks the living room and kitchen spaces below. The guest quarters are located in a separate curved structure connected by a second floor wrap around deck built over lower living space. This provides privacy and a reduced scale. The house was positioned in relation to the solstice with the sun tracing the windows in all seasons. Deck prisms in the roof cast rainbows on the interior that move across the rooms through the day. Glass tile work back lit with fiber optics and artistic light fixtures accent the clean interior. A red granite fireplace in the center of the house signifies the heart of the house. The exterior surface is a durable concrete siding and composite decking help reduce wood consumption. The entry porch defies gravity with only one post. The screen porch with the floor to ceiling screens create an unobstructed view and sense of being outside. The outdoor shower provides a clean exit from the beach. Nontoxic finishes and energy efficient practices were employed throughout the construction of the home. Trees, natural contours, native plants and ground cover were retained to preserve out natural shoreline.