The place you call home should represent your truest self. AWH listens closely to their clients to create custom spaces that instinctively feel like home. When designing a house, whether from the ground up, adding to an existing structure, or adapting a building, AWH always puts client and environment needs first. AWH does not conform to a standard architectural style. With every project we assess many existing and potential factors to develop a design custom for each client and site. We investigate local vernacular and the layers of history to create structures that compliment the neighborhood and honor the past.
Built behind the existing 1950’s mid-century home house, the 3200 SF addition soars to a 22-foot ceiling on one side, where a wall of triple-paned glass windows offer expansive views. The new space, with angled walls and exposed wood and metal trusses, was designed to amplify sound and utilize passive solar energy.
The shotgun style structure hovers above the forest floor on wood posts set on diamond piers and is designed to feel like one big screen porch. The entire south façade is operable doors and can be opened up to the lake breezes. The simple shed style roof ties the plan together and is interrupted by a reverse dormer at the main entry door.
Lindaland is writer’s retreat nestled in the woods of Madeline Island, one of the few inhabited islands in Lake Superior. The living space is raised to the second floor to give it a treehouse feel—and a distant view of the lake to the south. Lindaland is a modern interpretation of the island’s vernacular of hipped-roof cottages.