Retreat House by John DeSalvo Design
by Ted Savage / September 15, 2011
Via @ArchDaily, a compact and sustainable beach home getaway, in Michigan City, Indiana, USA, minutes walk from Lake Michigan, met the constraints of a small lot and relative affordability.


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Only 1200 sf, the house went vertical to create a feeling of space, opening up the ground floor living area with a high ceiling and double-height via a cutaway through the second floor. The design aesthetic grew out of the client's "early training as a metal sculptress, her desire to house her contemporary art and mid century furniture collection and [architect John DeSalvo's] German modernist background."

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Economical and sustainable features include a mix of off-the-shelf and custom fittings, fewest windows on the south facing to gather less solar heat, natural ventilation, a perimeter of 15' native grasses and a canopied roof deck for shade, and an exterior of Pac-Clad metal roofing material, with its heat-reflective properties for summer and durability for the harsh off-season winter conditions. More at John DeSalvo Design. Photos: David Robert Elliot.

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