One of Northern Michigan’s most recognized building teams executes a lakeside home for the ages. Learn about the inspiration behind this stunning Lake Charlevoix home, and purchase your tickets to take a look inside eight of the North’s most incredible homes, including this one, on the Northern Home & Cottage 2021 Virtual Home Tours.
This Lake Charlevoix stunner, marked by rich layers of woodworking detail, exemplifies the quality, skill and creativity of the building company Miller, Poineau and Naumes (mPn). Moreover, the home is one of the last designed by recently retired master designer/builder Andre Poineau, who has made a name for himself for his timeless residential designs.
With its white board-and-batten exterior, covered porch and gable windows, the home is purposely reminiscent of a Michigan farmhouse. Yet, square columns and truss-work give the home a definite modern Craftsman accent. Poineau’s eye for detail—and the execution of it by the skilled mPn team—is evident in double strips of batten in the siding and neoclassical caps on square columns. The emphasis on the exterior design includes 2,399 square feet of covered patios and balconies—all laid with Mesabi Black granite that is flush with the interior flooring. Needless to say, this home was made as much for outdoor living as indoor.
The exterior is a prelude to what follows on the interior. A soft-toned rift-and-quartered white oak floor sets the stage for the spectacular ceiling, where the exterior truss detail is carried inside and every column and beam is boxed in five or six layers of trim. Intermittent rafters, set three feet apart, frame strips of nickel-gap poplar. The entire ceiling is painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove. When the LED uplift lighting set into the beams is on, it’s not overstating to call the ceiling heavenly.
Beyond the ceiling, the stamp of fine woodwork from the mPn team is everywhere in this home, including a handcrafted and trowel-plastered range hood, a cypress built-in bar and maple cabinetry throughout. Other elements, including a Mesabi Black granite-clad wood-burning fireplace in the great room, a gas fireplace in the master suite, a steam shower and a butler’s kitchen off the main kitchen area for entertaining, round out this lakeside dream home.