Project size: 5,000 square feet

Program: The clients—an empty-nester couple—wanted a two-bedroom, single-family residence.

Location: Lake Michigan

Solution: The structure is organized around a series of four outdoor courtyards. Visitors cross a bridge over a reflecting pool to enter the house. An entry vestibule leads to the double height great room with views to the lake. Directly east of the kitchen is a dining courtyard, which receives morning sunlight but is shaded from western sun in the late afternoon. A partially-enclosed exterior deck is oriented to take advantages of lake views, and to allow sunlight into the study and master suite.

Construction and materials: The material and color palettes are inspired by the lakefront site: sand, stone, green beach glass and driftwood. The home’s wood siding is charred, making it insect- and rot-resistant while referencing the beach bonfires common to its locale.

Additional Information

Completion date: October 2017

Gross square footage: 5,000 square feet

Total project cost: $1,600,000

Client: Jody and Brad Kapnick

Owner: Jody and Brad Kapnick



John Ronan Architects
420 W. Huron St.
Chicago Illinois 60654

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

John Ronan FAIA (Lead Designer and Founding Principal), Marcin Szef (Project Manager), Eric Cheng, Danielle Beaulieu AIA



Structural: Goodfriend Magruder Structure LLC; MEP: dbHMS


General contractor:

Michael Wood



Steve Hall, Hall Merrick Photographers, 312-226-9588





Structural System

Concrete slab–on-grade, Engineered wood ceiling beams

Exterior Cladding

Wood: Travis Creek Wood Products


Glass: Midwest Glass & Mirror

Other: Pilkington Profilit


Metal doors: Midwest Glass & Mirror

Interior Finishes

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Priebe’s Creative Woodworking

Solid surfacing: Lightblocks

Floor and wall tile: Stone Source (master bathroom)


Office furniture: Glas Italia

Fixed seating: B&B; Knoll

Chairs: Fritz Hansen; Maruni

Tables: Fritz Hansen

Other furniture: MOOOI


Interior ambient lighting: Bocci; Flos