A New House on Clear Lake, IA
When you look at properties on Clear Lake, you do not drive around on the streets; you get right into a boat. For sale signs, construction signs; they face the water instead of facing the house's 'front'. And most houses surrounding Clear Lake are houses that are somewhat conventional in design. They just happen to be on a lake, and really could be sited anywhere else. For this house, we instead sought to design a structure that would be specific to this lake on this site and provide views to the water from almost every room.
The house is a 'V' shape in plan, with the master bedroom at the second floor with a thrust towards the lake. A walk-out terrace sits directly above a living room. The plan opens up to provide an outdoor terrace, served by an indoor-outdoor fireplace. Upon entry, the house provides a panorama of the water, overlooking a grand piano. A walkout basement has direct views to the water, and a funicular can carry you up and down the side of the steep hill.
Click HERE to check out an interactive walk-thru of the project by North Iowa 3D LLC.
Gary Wang, AIA, Principal Architect
Peterson Engineers, Structural Engineer
Tobin Custom Builders, INC, Contractor
Photography by Jordan Powers