Given their warm-weather use, summer homes are often as much about their setting and view as they are about their architecture and interior.
Such is the case with this Northern Michigan family retreat, where a contemporary home occupies a semi-rural area of farm fields, woods, and prairie.
Historical elements of the site include an aging barn, crumbling stone walls, and outbuildings covered in vines that are carefully designed to look untouched. Exterior elements include a central courtyard and outdoor rooms. That “programmed” space gradually flows into native plant growth. The landscape design by Douglas Hoerr of Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, Chicago, is described by the firm as “a constant repartee between the natural and designed, between chaos and control.”