Vetter Architects is responsible for the design of this stunning lake house retreat and boathouse nestled within a multi-acre property in the scenic Northwoods of Wisconsin. Surrounded by a forest of oaks and white pines, the home is perched on a bluff overlooking a pristine lake the family has visited for decades, Spirit Lake. This dwelling offers three bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms.
Designed for multi-generational gatherings of family and friends, the serenity and quiet spaces of the first-floor give way to all-out fun on the lower level, with a bowling alley, bar, arcade, and sauna for family and guests to enjoy. A strong architectural connection to the outdoors and thoughtful nods to camp-style abound both indoors and out, carefully knitting the home into the surrounding environment.
ACCOLADES: Luxe RED Award for Best Contemporary Modern Interior Design, ASID Platinum Award for Best Residential Interior
A primary material palette of glass, wood, and stone is harmoniously woven together both indoors and out. A custom fabricated wood door and window system maximize this home’s connection with nature. The exterior facade features rough-cut fieldstone that is set in a thick, hand-troweled mortar. This material is repeated in the interior, reflected in the double-story central fireplace.
Above: A metal porte-cochere covers the sleek, glassy entry into this lakeside retreat. Stepping through the pivoting glass door, guests are instantly greeted by views of the lake.
What We Love: This Wisconsin lake house retreat provides a serene escape for a multi-generational family that resides in the city. The serene setting provides the perfect backdrop to this home, where an abundance of glazing frames views of both nature and the lake. We are especially loving the boutique hotel-style guest suites with their spa-like bathrooms and private patios, perfect for guests wanting a relaxing getaway.
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On the interior, walls are clad in rift-sawn white oak, while a wood-burning fireplace anchors the main gathering space. A wall of steel and glass frames panoramic views of the lake.
The furniture selections and custom cabinetry nod to Wisconsin’s Northwoods camp style and tradition.
Above: Created for large family meals is this gorgeous twelve-foot solid walnut dining table by custom furniture designer Mike W. Dreeben. Suspended above the table is the Sarus Mobile chandelier by David Weeks Studio.
Above: The kitchen boasts rift-sawn white oak cabinetry, a custom black metal hood, stone backsplash, and an expansive island with counter stools seating up to five.
Above: The powder room features handpainted cement tiles that are inspired by Native American kilim rugs. A custom-dyed concrete vanity with an integrated sink and warm white oak cabinetry complete the aesthetic.
Above: A cozy sitting area offers views of a private lakeside patio, included in each guest bedroom suite.
Above: There are three identical guest suites in this home, each outfitted with modern amenities that would be found in a boutique hotel. Bedrooms include a built-in desk and wardrobe, a fully-appointed bathroom, a cozy seating area, and custom fabricated beds and nightstands. Materials encompass white oak, leather, stone, reeds, and fur, all inspired by nature.
Above: This fabulous lakeside retreat features an outdoor bocce ball court.
Above: The boathouse features two decks, one above and one at lake level, and is in harmony with the materials selection of the main house: hand-troweled mortar, rough field stone, and metal railings.
PHOTOGRAPHER Ryan Hainey, Elisabeth Witt