Photo by Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Serving as the family’s vacation retreat for over 30 years, the homeowners were ready to transform their serpentine ranch house with small windows into the perfect intimate lakeside getaway.

New Buffalo, Michigan

Booth Hansen

Scott Christopher Homes

Bricks Incorporated

Single Family Detached Home

LaCantina Aluminum Wood Multi Slide SystemsAluminum Wood Slider Systems

"They wanted the house to breathe and have a connection between the indoors and the outdoors," says principal architect Trina Sandschafer. A series of LaCantina’s Aluminum Wood Multi Slide systems stretches across the home providing both forested and lakeside views creating an airy, open atmosphere.

Photo by Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Vaulted ceilings and an expansive LaCantina Multi Slide and Sliding Door systems in the integrated living room and kitchen create a spacious atmosphere bringing the outdoors in. "We did an exhaustive amount of window and door research," says Sandschafer. LaCantina Doors allowed the firm to customize size, operation, and finish at an affordable price point to create the indoor-outdoor effect that defines the project.

Photo by Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Standing in the dining porch, guests have a view through the living room and kitchen into the smaller, more intimate family room. Beyond that is the generous master bedroom, which also boasts two large LaCantina Aluminum Wood Sliding Door systems that open to let in the lakeside breeze.

Photo by Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

This indoor-outdoor connection continues throughout the New Buffalo Residence, successfully balancing public and private spaces creating an idyllic lakeside getaway for the extended family.