Bright Spaces with Few Distractions
The demands of today’s busy schedules have driven us indoors, where we now spend almost 90 percent of our time commuting in our cars, at work, and inside our homes. This modern way of living disconnects us from the outdoors, interrupts quality time spent with loved ones, and deprives us of quiet time spent alone. Becky and Nate wanted to create spaces that featured panoramic views and ushered in restorative light from all directions.
“Michigan is something like the 7th cloudiest state in the United states, so when the sun does shine here, Nate and I wanted to take full advantage. We installed large configurations of windows that pull indoor spaces into the outdoors. We also chose large, eight-foot-tall Marvin Essential Patio Doors that pull the outdoors in. In addition to building strong connections to the natural backdrop, we wanted to carry the modern feel of the exterior into the home by creating clean, minimalist spaces. And to avoid distracting our guests’ attention from the outdoor views, we used drywall returns instead of casing, and the base trim is minimal. Also, there's really not a lot of artwork in the house. I always point to the windows and the landscape beyond—that's our artwork.”
Photo by Ashley Avila Photography