Our client purchased a disused lakefront residential plot on the border between Euclid and Willowick, Ohio. They asked Architecture Office to design a weekend retreat for them that emphasizes its striking view of Lake Erie.
This two-story vacation home opens to a breezeway that provides cross-ventilation and airflow to the second floor’s kitchen and living area. On the ground floor, the master bedroom features an en suite bathroom and walk-in closet. A storage space that is accessible from the house’s exterior sits behind this closet. A second bedroom—intended for Airbnb guests—features an en suite bathroom, closet and separate entrance. A staircase ascends from the breezeway to a combined living area and kitchen. This open space is anchored by a twelve foot window that faces Lake Erie.
The house is oriented perpendicular to Lake Erie to optimize views of the lake from the master and second bedrooms. We refurbished a previously existing deck on the property to incorporate it into the site. A gravel driveway leads to a space cleared to accommodate a garage at a future date. The house is clad in horizontal corrugated aluminum siding to provide a minimalist aesthetic. The cladding and a standing seam metal roof protects the house from frequent storms and high winds off the lake.