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A red cedar screen shields the entry elevation.

Coffou Cottage

Coffou Cottage

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    A red cedar screen shields the entry elevation.

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    Christopher Barrett/Hedrich Blessing

    A red cedar screen shields the entry elevation.

  • With a flush fireplace and built-in seat, the entry hall becomes an inglenook.

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    With a flush fireplace and built-in seat, the entry hall becomes an inglenook.

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    Christopher Barrett/Hedrich Blessing

    With a flush fireplace and built-in seat, the entry hall becomes an inglenook.

  • Kitchen, dining, and living spaces share a simple bar-like volume.

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    Kitchen, dining, and living spaces share a simple bar-like volume.

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    Christopher Barrett/Hedrich Blessing

    Kitchen, dining, and living spaces share a simple bar-like volume.

  • The main living spaces open to a clearing in the woods.

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    The main living spaces open to a clearing in the woods.

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    Christopher Barrett/Hedrich Blessing

    The main living spaces open to a clearing in the woods.

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    The house's floor plan.

  • The screened porch.

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    The screened porch.

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    The screened porch.

  • The kitchen and dining area.

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    The kitchen and dining area.

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    The kitchen and dining area.

  • View of the house from the entry drive.

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    View of the house from the entry drive.

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    View of the house from the entry drive.

  • The project's site plan.

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    The project's site plan.

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    The project's site plan.

brininstool + lynch, chicago

Privacy was the primary objective for this weekend retreat. A quarter-mile from Lake Michigan’s bustling southern shore—and only an hour from Chicago—it occupies a blissfully quiet meadow surrounded by woodland. Architect Brad Lynch heightened the sense of remove with a building that hides its lamp under—or perhaps behind—a bushel.

As one approaches, Lynch notes, “It seems almost like a hidden agricultural building.” A red cedar screen shelters the entry elevation, yielding only at the front door. Inside, a linear entry hall joins two barlike forms, one containing bedrooms and the other a kitchen/dining/living space that extends into a large screen porch.

By locating the fireplace in the entry hall, Lynch freed sight lines in the living space. Upon entering the latter, he reports, “Bang! All you see is the forest and greenery and nature.”

Our judges summed up their view in a single word: “Sweet.”


Project Details
principal in charge / project architect: Brad Lynch, Brininstool + Lynch, www.brininstool-lynch.com
general contractor: Tom Mulcahy, Mulcahy Builders, Michigan City, Ind.
project size: 2,800 square feet
site size: 1.5 acres
construction cost: $243 per square foot
photography: Christopher Barrett/Hedrich Blessing

Product Details
bathroom and kitchen fittings: KWC America www.kwcamerica.com; bathroom fixtures: Kohler Co. www.kohler.com, TOTO USA www.totousa.com; cooktop, garbage disposer: KitchenAid www.kitchenaid.com; countertops: Stone Source www.stonetechonline.com; dishwasher: Bosch Home Appliances www.bosch-home.com; doors, windows: Vetter Windows & Doors www.vetterwindows.com; exterior siding: James Hardie Building Products www.jameshardie.com; flooring (ceramic tile/stone/concrete): Questmark Flooring www.questmarkflooring.com, Stone Source www.stonetechonline.com/main.htm; hardware: d line North America www.dline.com, Rockwood Manufacturing Co. www.rockwoodmfg.com, Schlage Lock Co. www.schlage.com; kitchen cabinets: Arclinea Chicago www.arclineachicago.com; kitchen fixtures: Blanco www.blancoamerica.com; lighting fixtures: B-K Lighting www.bklighting.com, Gammalux Systems www.gammalux.com, Juno Lighting www.junolighting.com, Nulite Lighting www.nulite-lighting.com; oven/range: GE Consumer & Industrial www.ge.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co. www.benjaminmoore.com; refrigerator: Sub-Zero www.subzero.com

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