RWA Architects was recognized this past week at the 11th annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Cincinnati Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) Awards. This year, RWA received an Honor Award for a new, custom-built home on Walloon Lake in Michigan.
Perched well above the beautiful, blue waters of Walloon Lake sits this new house that exudes a feeling of lakefront living. The 4,600 square foot wavy clapboard and stone clad house is nestled into its sloping site to allow the first floor and wrap around covered porch to be elevated on the lakeside, maximizing views down to the shoreline below and out onto the lake.
One of the most prominent features is the wrap-around, covered porch showcasing peeled log columns, brackets and railing. Its breadth and depth creates shaded areas for seating around an outdoor fireplace and ample room for rocking chairs and hammocks for those hot summer days. Just inside the covered porch is the primary living and dining spaces featuring wood beam and paneled ceilings, with each space anchored by the generous masonry fireplace.
The Kitchen faces both the front of the house and has visual and functional connection to the back of the house, making for convenient service to outdoor grilling and food serving. One enters the house through a peeled log canopy structure into a voluminous wood paneled entry hall.
The entry hall features stairs to the second floor with custom-designed railing and presents a view of the lake straight through the house. Upstairs are four en suite bedrooms including the master bedroom. Each of the bedrooms has it’s own distinctive architectural detail and character. Access from the house to the lakeside flows out from the first floor covered porch, grilling terrace, and lower level.