Congratulations to Birmingham-based Brian Neeper Architecture, PC with Joseph Philip Craig Custom Homes for the beautiful design work on a contemporary home in Bloomfield Hills. They took first place in the Readers’ Choice award for Best Overall Home.
The winning beauty features just under 3,300 square feet, finished, on two levels. Its suburban site location evokes a rural feel within a neighborhood of gravel streets and several lots that are beyond 1 acre in size. The custom home’s design goal was to capture the essence of a ski lodge-style residence, showcasing a contemporary architectural expression that was inspired by the homeowners’ love of ski vacations.
A private outdoor covered terrace in the rear of the home is especially pleasing, while an entry canopy and garden alcove to the south welcome visitors. The rectilinear exterior forms and metal-covered roof lines are streamlined and linear, balancing the rustic details of the natural cedar trim and timbers.
The home’s open-plan concept focuses on a large central living area with a soaring beamed ceiling and a natural stone fireplace with a floating stone hearth. With plenty of natural light, the interior design is sleek and modern; a wide-plank oak floor, combined with stone and white oak accents, warms the entire palette.
Other noteworthy features include a European-style kitchen that opens to an informal dining space and a large family room with exterior exposure to the north; the first-floor owners’ suite, which is tucked behind a floating oak-tread stairway; and the second floor, with two private bedroom suites.
All in all, this mountain-modern design exudes a warm and casual feel within the structure of clean and contemporary styling that showcases its ski-vacation influences. Well done!
Photography by James Haefner