North Shore Family Escapes To Michigan Retreat

North Shore Family Escapes To Michigan Retreat


Family togetherness can often be more a dream than a reality for some couples with both kids and busy careers. Yet one North Shore couple with three young children came up with a plan to beat their challenging schedules and increase face time with family and friends. “We decided to build a second home that would be a draw for our friends and our kids’ friends,” explains the husband. “That way, everyone could hang out together.” With this goal in mind, they chose Michigan’s Harbor Country for its proximity and mood. “It’s the closest place to feel far enough away from Chicago,” he adds. “Plus it’s low-key and casual.”

Finding the perfect piece of land to execute their goals took a three-year search, but they scored a lakeside lot a mere hour’s drive from their main home. It also had a heavily wooded roadside, which was key for privacy. “You can’t see the house from the road, or vice versa,” points out architect Jim Fraerman, who designed the home to the couple’s exact requirements. “They asked for a Shingle style with a time-honored East Coast sensibility, but a contemporary interior. It had to be open, airy and flooded with light.”

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