LAKESHORE COTTAGES IS located in an area known as the “Hamptons of the Midwest,” so it seems astonishing that it was once a decaying community only four blocks from Lake Michigan.
Today, the second-home cottages and centrally located club house sit on a sprawling, 12-acre site that houses dense forests, and yet is proximate to miles of beaches. In order to preserve as many trees as possible, as well as bring in enough light through the dense canopy, Hartshorne + Plunkard sited houses on the interior and exterior of an oval-shaped road.
Previous projects in the area are not as dense, but the developer says convincing the local planning commission to approve the 37 homes helped moderate the cost for each house and created a sense of community. The coastal-styled homes feature stained cedar siding, prominent white trim, and five floor plans. The clubhouse, which also won a merit award, was designed as a larger version of the houses.
Categories: Single-family detached community; Community recreation building/clubhouse; Entrant/Builder/Developer: The Drake Group, Chicago; Architect/Land planner: Hartshorne + Plunkard, Chicago; Landscape architect: Green Mansions, New Buffalo, Mich.; Interior designer: Mari Jo Gordon Design, Chicago
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