Carton Residence

N/A, N/A / United States of America

This 2,400 sf lake home is located on an intimate site along Michigan's western coast. Mirroring the intimate scale provided by the surrounding tree-filled ravine, the structure was kept simple, efficient and elegant. Designed to be therapeutic and engage the senses, the home provides a place of escape and respite while encouraging physical engagement with the surrounding environment at a human scale.

The volumes of the home are arranged to frame the horizon line of Lake Michigan to the west. The axis of the main house emphasizes this view, while perpendicular elements such as the entry bridge, natural-cedar stair hall, and indoor/outdoor dining area add a richness to the design. A series of framed views occur throughout the house capturing snapshots of the surrounding tress, lake, and ravine.

The two volumes, set lightly atop a stone plinth, float gently over the bowl-shaped ravine minimizing the impact of the footprint on the fragile dunes setting. Local materials such as blue stone and cedar wood ensure the house will weather naturally and will have an indigenous feel, adding a warm atmosphere and a sustainable character to the design.

Architect of record

Chip von Weise
von Weise Associates
311 West Superior Street, Suite 216
Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Phone: 312-337-5511

General contractor

Greg Kaiser
Dunes Development
13863 Red Arrow Highway
Harbert, MI 49115, USA
Phone: 269-469-0236

Consultant 1

Bob Magruder
Goodfriend Magruder Structure
53 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 352
Chicago, IL 60604, USA
Phone: 312-265-2645


Michelle Litvin
Litvin Studios
1827 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60608, USA
Phone: 312-421-9242