Client Need

Patio addition to integrate homeowners love of outdoor cooking and space for family time.

Favorite Element

Several: Nautical theme “Pilot House” pergola with arts & crafts style columns, dimmable lighting and ceiling fan. Fireplace integrating with seat-wall and pergola. Retained prominent views of Lake Michigan.

Biggest Challenge

Matching bricks for fireplace and walls with existing brick on the house.

Fond Memory

Client shared sequenced photos he took one afternoon and evening, showing transition from day to night; complete with a roaring fire. His photos were fantastic.

Proudest Accomplishment

Having clients who are thrilled with their outdoor living areas.

Tough Moment

Tight property lines and set-back requirements that dictated designing a narrow wood storage box for one side of fireplace. No alternative without encroaching on sightlines or altering center lines.

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A Shady Spot by The Lake
Wonderful views would invite hours of relaxation by the water, but the harsh Southern exposure would require a new shade structure.
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Bespoke Pergola
The client was looking for something tailor made for their yard.  Something that would be a reflection of their style.  This project and its custom designed pergola was the perfect solution.
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A Refined Renovation
A new home purchase was in need of major updating inside and out. After the couple spent the first few years working on the inside, it was our turn to renovate the exterior.