Re-build of a house on Laurel Lake

The client initially wanted to renovate an existing small cottage that he had used as a second home for thirty years. As the project evolved it became clear that the scope of changes that he wanted suggested that it made more sense to tear the cottage down and rebuild the house in its entirety.

The site was small, constrained, close to the lake, and had a variety of permitting issues. An essential aspect for this project was that it faces the lake and all the main rooms look out to the lake. There was also an issue of highway noise that was addressed by “zoning” the plan and locating secondary spaces nearest to the road.

The owner, a retired surgeon, was very involved in all aspects of the design and construction. The somewhat nautical blue and white motif evolved largely from the owner’s ideas and interests.

The builder was Susan Korte.