Crystal Lake

Northern Michigan, and similar areas like Muskoka in Ontario and Lake George, New York are known for their awe-inspiring lakes and their warm, inviting cottages. The Crystal Lake Cottage is the ultimate lake getaway inspired by timber frame architecture of more than a century ago, as well as mid-century modern design.

 I had two goals for my ultimate Crystal Lake home. The first was to mimic timber frame construction of noted architect J. Alexander McColl, and the second was to borrow Alden Dow’s use of glass and high ceilings.

– Ted Greene, Homeowner

As you approach the house, you immediately notice the majestic White Oak trusses. Ten in all, they turn this cottage into a cathedral of casual, lake living. Butted glass that extends two stories, allows for a view all the way through the structure to what has been called the most beautiful body of water in The Great Lake State – Crystal Lake. 

Inside, White Oak, Western Red Cedar and Mahogany surround you with warmth in all seasons. The open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows do more than provide a view, they immerse you in your amazing, natural surroundings. Sliding glass doors and automated screens make the porch, and thus the outside, part of the room.

The living space above the garage includes a unique feature inspired by bunks on a train. Conceived for children, the space has become a treasured and sought-after place to retire each evening for all generations. Inside and out, this elegant take on the Michigan cottage has become an instant classic.

Northern Home & Cottage - February 2021

Mid Century Pairs With Last Century in This Crystal Lake Home


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