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Water Feature: A Rocky Lakefront Home

Water Feature: A Rocky Lakefront Home

PHOTOGRAPHY BY AARON LEITZ

You could say designer Gregory Carmichael got in on the ground level of a significant project involving a northern Idaho home. “It was just an enormous hole in the ground,” he says with a laugh. “Excavation had just begun, along with some foundation work. Getting involved so early gave us lots of time up front to get detailing nailed down.”

Situated along 500 feet of lakefront, the home’s building site largely inspired the architectural concept. “It was striking and serene,” architect Kris Contor says. “The natural topography undulated. There were rock outcroppings covered in moss and an umbrella of conifer trees. We wanted the house to nestle into that setting.” But first, they had to get there. “It was a 10-acre site with lots of rock,” builder Dan McMahon says. “We put in a quarter-mile-long drive leading down to the home on the lake. It was pretty intense.” Excavation took six months.

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