Michelle Rummel

Michelle Rummel

Brooklyn, NY, US


Modern Lakehouse

This modern lake house was a project I worked on at PeterTalbot Architects. Unfortunately it remains unbuilt. Even so, we completed the construction bid set before it was put on hold. A colleague and I measured the site and documented the conditions, which included some survey work. I drafted the existing plan, which the lead architect worked from to develop his vision for a new design. The same footprint was maintained, only adding an accessible patio/ramp at the rear entrance for the client.
The existing building is a pretty boring 1970s house, especially considering its spectacular location on the waterfront of Lake Waramaug in beautiful Northeastern Connecticut. Maintaining its existing size kept the place small, which is appropriate as it is a summer vacation home. However , the butterfly roof, and full window walls on three sides facing the lake, would make it feel anything but small. In addition to being an exuberant piece of architecture, it was also going to meet LEED gold standards. The property behind the house is a wetland , which drains into the lake. The clients wanted the new design to be conscientious of the environment, and so there were to be solar panels and vegetation on the roof. My role throughout this project included supporting the architects
by updating design drawings, especially the interior elevations, working on the construction bid set, and drafting the needed details, mostly of windows, doors, and structural connections. I also sourced
appropriate contemporary/modern materials and furniture. In addition to the design tasks, I also attended and participated in on-site wetlands tours and meetings in order to get the appropriate approvals for us to move forward.

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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Lake Waramaug, Connecticut


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