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,
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; bathroom fixtures: Kohler Co., TOTO USA; cooktop, garbage disposer: KitchenAid; countertops: Stone Source; dishwasher: Bosch Home Appliances; doors, windows: Vetter Windows & Doors; exterior siding: James Hardie Building Products; flooring (ceramic tile/stone/concrete): Questmark Flooring, Stone Source; hardware: d line North America, Rockwood Manufacturing Co., Schlage Lock Co.; kitchen cabinets: Arclinea Chicago; kitchen fixtures: Blanco; lighting fixtures: B-K Lighting, Gammalux Systems, Juno Lighting, Nulite Lighting; oven/range: GE Consumer & Industrial; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co.; refrigerator: Sub-Zero

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