Located in the historic and picturesque Irish Hills in southeast Michigan, this custom built Douglas Fir timber frame home was built in 2008 and is ideal for family gatherings and entertaining. With 5,100 square feet of finished living space, the home has 7 bedrooms and 7 full bathrooms, including a 27’ x 20’ suite, for in-laws or other uses. Suitable as either a primary home or as a second home/family retreat, the home sits on a one-acre lot, on a private all-sports lake, and has unlimited access to 100+ acres of recreational property. The home was built with attention to every detail — from the bedrooms, each with private access to an outside patio or deck overlooking the lake, to the awning with a wind sensor over the main deck, which can automatically retract, to the ‘lodge feel’ of the knotty Alder doors throughout the home and the whitewashed Pine ceiling in the Great Room.
The main floor includes an expansive living area, integrating the Great Room, Dining Area and Kitchen, all beneath a 25 ft. vaulted timber frame ceiling. The Kitchen is designed for flexibility. With two dishwashers, two sinks and two ovens, it can accommodate one or two people, as well as large gatherings of family and friends. Beyond the Kitchen and past the Office, with his & hers built-in work stations, is the main floor Master Suite. Past the Kitchen in the other direction are guest quarters, one of two Laundry Rooms, and access to the Garage. The entire central area of the home features knotty Hickory hardwood floors.
On the lower level, the Family Room overlooks the lake, and includes a media room with a 10’ TV/movie screen and wet bar. This level also features the private suite, additional private guest quarters, a second laundry room, and a 1,000 square foot workshop with access to the garage above it.
The home was built to be energy efficient, comfortable, and require little maintenance. The 85’ lakeside deck is made with Trex materials. The geothermal heating & cooling system has 6 zones. There are two 50 gallon hot water heaters, providing continuous hot water. Extra insulation below the lower level floor keeps them always warm. And the entire house is served by a back-up natural gas automatic generator.
In short, this custom-built home is exceptional, and must be seen personally to be fully appreciated.