The objective was to create a second building that was close enough so that families could be near each other, yet have sufficient privacy.
Architect Tom Murdough designed the house so the path from the lake goes right through the property. Because it’s the first building you arrive at when you walk up the path from the lake, the home functions as a gatehouse.
Modernist ideas of merging the house with the site and opening the inside to the out of doors were foremost in architect Tom Murdough’s mind.
The production schedule was brisk—the house broke ground in the fall and was finished the following summer, just in time for a family wedding.
Despite the brisk schedule, craft was a high priority. Murdough says he was lucky enough to get the very best people for the job.
“A lot of trust” was placed in the general contractor and the trades who helped make the project happen, says Murdough.
The house can accommodate two families at once, with a bunk room designed so kids can hang out together.