Houzz: More Room to Relax in a Michigan Retreat

Houzz: More Room to Relax in a Michigan Retreat

By Karen Egly-Thompson / Photos Mike Schwartz

With four kids and a 70-pound dog, this Chicago family no longer fit in their vacation retreat located a few miles from the shores of Lake Michigan. All the kids had to sleep in one room, and the 13-year-old daughter had simply “had it” with sharing a bedroom with her younger brothers.

The homeowners wanted to turn the choppy interior into a comfortable, family-friendly space where each family member could have guests over and all could relax and feel comfortable. They tapped Space Architects + Planners to transform the house, and the firm began by completely gutting it, then adding more than 1,100 square feet by way of a handsome two-story addition that blends seamlessly with the charming original home. Next they created a 1,270-square-foot guesthouse. They added more than 2,300 square feet of new space in all. Now that’s a lot of elbow room…

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