Firefly Hill is a family retreat in Buchanan, Michigan.About 90 minutes east of Chicago, it's on the south side of Lake Michigan.
The house gets its time-worn appeal from use of materials like stone on the floor and repurposed timber beams. Pieces of archtiectural salvage appear throughout the house.
The 4000-square foot house is divided into smaller spaces, which make it big enough to encourage family gatherings, but intimate enough not to feel cavernous.
The stair landing, which looks out onto the living room, is a great place for kids to spy on grownups, and for grownups to keep an eye and ear on kids, providing both "an audible and visual connection," says Goulette.
The screened porch is the perfecct place to enjoy the summer breeze, and there's room for sleepover guests, too.
The screened porch pavilion is a bit grander than the rest of the house. It was inspired by the design of carriage houses, which sometimes got added to farmstead properties in times of prosperity.
The site plan has a north-south orientation, with connecting pavilions angled out. One room deep, they take advantage of prevailing winds, making natural ventilation possible in summertime.