Great Room

B&B Investments: Custom Builders
Modern Masterpiece
Location: Grosse Ile, Mich.
Size: 6,400 sq. ft.
Cost: $4.5 million
Homeowner’s occupation: Retired automotive designer
Photos: Beth Singer, Beth Singer Photography


The goals were to design a great room for guest entertainment with a bar and fireplace; capture lake views with an all-glass exterior wall system; maintain an open plan and access from adjacent formal dining and other spaces; incorporate a varied material concept utilizing Afromosia (African teak) including possible use at ceilings to create a nautical theme. The fireplace and bar had to be integrated carefully in a limited space between the interior circulation and exterior wall requirements. A custom cantilevered open-corner fireplace with seamless stainless steel responds to the L-shaped room. The exterior wall is entirely glass and steel to allow stunning views of Lake Erie. At the perimeter of the room, the interior materials were closely integrated with the home’s technology, where milwork encloses an elaborate recessed pocket that houses direct and indirect lighting, hidden supply and return air diffusers, and automated window shades.

Judges’ Comments:
“A very nice family room, but is it really a ‘great room?’”

“Nice detail, captures full views!”




Roofing:                                               Berridge Manufacturing               

Engineered woods:                         Huber  

Framing:                                              Huber  

Doors:                                                   Fleetwood         

Windows:                                            Fleetwood         

Insulation:                                           Demilec               

HVAC:                                                   Carrier 



Locksets and hardware:                                Omnia  

Flooring:                                              Ralph Lauren     

Fireplaces:                                          Lennox



Cabinets:                                             Thermofoil         

Sinks:                                                    Franke 

Faucets:                                               KWC     

Exhaust hood:                                   Futuro 

Ovens:                                                  Dacor   

Appliance drawers:                         Dacor   

Refrigerator/Freezer:                    Sub Zero             

Wine storage:                                    Sub Zero             

Dishwashers:                                     Asko     

Other:                                                  Sub Zero             



Cabinets:                                             Thermofoil         

Tubs:                                                     Jason    

Showers:                                             Grohe  

Toilets:                                                                 Kohler  

Faucets:                                               Kohler  

Sinks:                                                    Kohler  

Washer/dryer:                                  Whirlpool           



Home control system:                   Lutron  

Lighting control:                               Lutron  



Grill:                                                       Wolf     

Refrigerator:                                      Sub Zero