Custom Dutch Colonial Home, Summit (Lower Nemahbin Lake), WI

Architecture, Interior Design & Furnishings

A young family sought their forever home where they would grow together and create lasting memories. The spacious 4.5-acre waterfront lot provided the perfect setting to design a Shingle Style custom home with openness in mind for spaces every member of the family would enjoy.

Lifestyle Considerations

The primary goal was to maximize the lake views and include separate special spaces for various uses and activities with an open concept for connection between rooms. They wanted a home that would stand the test of time and grow with their family. From the expansive great room, bright sun room, accessible playroom and calming morning room, the challenges were to make these spaces durable for an active family lifestyle. Offering flexible areas for the children while maintaining sight lines and allowing for an easy flow from room to room supports the staying power for the classic traditional style.

Design Vision

Traditional with a classic sensibility led to the design theme. A happy color palette of soft tones in blues, pinks, and turquoises, and a nod to lake living through patterns, and natural elements, provides a lived in and welcoming sense. Its eclectic flair of polished sparkle finds balance with rustic detailing that gives it a curated presentation with classic styling for the sense of a home that has always been there.

Upon entry to the home, the exterior Dutch Colonial style welcomes visitors with an arched, covered entry, which sets the rhythm for the arched, cased openings throughout the house that define and connect the spaces in an open floorplan. The foyer sets a formal tone with traditional wainscot and shimmery wallcovering, balanced with natural stone flooring for a sensible family lifestyle.

This family is loving their new home and has plans set to do more. The unfinished lower level offers opportunity for future home theater and entertaining space, with a walk out covered pavilion beneath the existing screen porch above. The vision connects here to a future pool and boat house. The separate space over the garage has served well as an office suite during a time of work from home. Its kitchenette and bath (roughed for a future shower) may serve as an in-law space someday as they lovingly look to evolve with their home into the future.

“They get to know their client in a way the client doesn’t even realize. They took what they learned about us and put that into the space, guiding us until we were satisfied. As architects, they think through the details making them great craftsmen of their profession.”