This new home is situated on a private lake near Omaha. The homeowner’s goal was to take advantage of the views of the expansive lake. The house needed to feel comfortable for both the homeowners and their teenager while also accommodating large groups when entertaining.
The design centered around a central spine where rooms were attached to the spine. The farthest wings became bookends, splaying northeast and southeast to capture maximum views of the lake and maximum privacy for the guest suite and master bedroom suite at each end. The core between the two wings allowed for the kitchen, great room, sunroom and entry.
The lakeside walls open up with tall windows and french doors to allow the interior to spatially extend toward the lake out onto a deck. Upstairs areas included a theater room and exercise room attached also by a spine with smaller windows framing the elevated views.
The exterior cedar, stone, stucco and copper all were natural materials incorporated into the exterior to allow for a timeless home. The overall effect of layered, massing of forms creates a variety of spaces for both enjoying the lake daily and allowing for entertaining.