Michigan20222,260 square feet

Lake Michigan Beach House

Lake Mi beach hosue exterior

Lake Michigan Beach House

Michigan20222,260 square feet

Seeking a retreat from their busy lives in a Cleveland suburb, the owners reached out to MMA to create a second home on Lake Michigan to create special memories with their young children and extended family.

Lake Michigan Beach House beach at dusk

They envisioned a modern beach house that captured the 200-degree views of the lake and promoted indoor-outdoor living. While committed to a cohesive, modern aesthetic, the Owners also prioritized view and experience. Window locations maximize the aperture to the lake and reinforce a sense of tranquility and balance. The site’s modest footprint and striking visual opportunities demanded a democratic distribution of program, placing sleeping and gathering spaces collectively westward, and circulation on the roadside.

The home operates like a family inn, accommodating up to 12, but comforting for just five. Bedrooms occupy the upstairs, allowing the primary suite a roof deck with a sweeping vista. Living space at the main level doubles in size through large sliding glass doors to a deck with direct beach access. Large overhangs and a trellis invite this extended experience in warmer months and regulate summer sun. While propping up the high-use zones, the lower level also does the work of classic Michigan beach house, with an outdoor shower, an ample bunk room, and a changing bath.


Geoff Shirley


Denali Custom Homes

Lake Michigan Beach House Kitchen
Lake Michigan Beach House exterior from side
Lake Michigan Beach House exterior roof detail
Lake Michigan Beach House exterior stair detail
Lake Michigan Beach House living area
Lake Michigan Beach House interior
We recently had the pleasure of working with MMA on a beachfront project on Lake Michigan, and I must say that their exceptional talent and innovative approach left me thoroughly impressed.  From the initial conceptualization to the final execution, every project was handled with meticulous attention to detail and utmost professionalism.