Harbert Cottage: A Summer House with the Beauty of Simple Honest Construction

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Searl Lamaster Howe Architects has a renovation project located in a lakeside Michigan community called Harbert Cottage. The renovation of this 1950s ranch house is characterized by the beauty of simple honest construction and basic materials.

The presence of crimson-red casement windows can offset the white stucco, galvanized metal grating, zinc-coated walls and roofing, polished concrete floors, and exposed wood trusses. The house’s epicenter is a screened porch that provides a direct connection to the gardens and distinguishes the street-side facade.

There is a geothermal well that feeds a radiant heating system while insulated panels fabricated offsite provide thermal protection. This renovation project uses local sourcing whenever possible for supplies, including metalwork, trusses, concrete block, drywall, cabinetry, and windows

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Photographer: Tony Soluri

Karin Hoover

Karin Hoover

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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