B&B Investments: Custom Builders
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.
“A very nice family room, but is it really a ‘great room?’”
“Nice detail, captures full views!”
Roofing: Berridge Manufacturing
Engineered woods: Huber
Locksets and hardware: Omnia
Flooring: Ralph Lauren
Exhaust hood: Futuro
Appliance drawers: Dacor
Refrigerator/Freezer: Sub Zero
Wine storage: Sub Zero
Other: Sub Zero