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Water Feature: Magnanimous Home Maintains Down-To-Earth Persona

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.

Interior Design - Gregory Carmichael, Gregory Carmichael Interior Design Inc.

Architecture - Kris Contor, Architecture 311.5 home builder Dan McMahon, McMahon & Easterbrook Custom Bldg.



5 Total Comments | Post a comment

Posted by sergio gonzalez on 2/16/2014 4:11:11 PM

What an amazing home.

Posted by Scott Smith on 2/19/2014 12:11:20 PM

An amazing home brought to serene life by one of the Northwest's most talented designers.

Posted by dan gravett on 2/19/2014 12:51:30 PM

one of the best designs ever in your magazine.

Posted by Leslie Chihuly on 2/23/2014 3:12:34 PM

Looks more like a corporate retreat than a getaway.

Posted by Maurice Bendrix on 3/4/2014 10:34:14 AM

What inspiring design! I love how the inimitable beauty of nature is brought to the interiors in a way that is both of-the-moment, and transcendent. A sublime haven, indeed. If I could escape to a glorious retreat like that, I doubt I'd come back.