Katie Drake Designs

FlatPak Home



FlatPak Residence
The Michigan vacation home of John Barnes, an Art Director for a Web Design firm, is located on a heavily wooded lot with a beautiful lake view. The intention of the home is to provide a unified and comfortable space with few boundaries to the outdoor environment.
The homes exterior is a mixture of concrete, wood panels and glass on the south side, and floor to ceiling glass on the north side to take full advantage of the lake view. Entry through the front pivoting door leads to a combined kitchen, dining room and living room – perfect for entertaining, yet a unique space for John to enjoy the natural setting.
Cabinetry in the kitchen is ebony bamboo and provides John with ample storage. Countertops are sealed black concrete. Other features are a 36” Viking stove with retractable vent and two Sub-Zero under counter refrigerator drawer units and one freezer unit.  The island houses the sink and stove and has a bar counter extension which accommodates three.
The dining table is a glass and silver chrome table with 6 vintage chairs.  The large wall adjoining the room is an ideal spot for a favorite art piece.
The living room truly is the best room in the house. Floor to ceiling windows all around, two large sofas, two retro chairs and a unique coffee table welcome guests or provide John a perfect place to read, relax, work online, or just watch the lakes latest activity.
The master suite has a king size bed and several shelves for personal effects, as well as a generous closet. Next to the closet is storage and a stacked washer & dryer.  John’s bathroom is open and has a large walk in shower with three shower heads for added luxury. A full guest bathroom is adjacent to the dining area.
Guest accommodations are just off the main room. This room is multifunctional - with a small desk, a pull out sofa for guests and a flat panel TV.
Flooring on the front walk, the back walkway and throughout the home is a sealed concrete in a warm grey color. The uniformity bridges the indoor and outdoor spaces. All interior walls are 8’ high, complementing the modularity of the FlatPak construction. The guest bath has a suspended natural bamboo ceiling for privacy.
Furniture selected alludes to John’s affinity for Mid-Century pieces and clean lines. The color pallet is a warm neutral with muted turquoise and burnt orange accents – also a nod to Mid-Century flare and was inspired by the art above by Campbell Laird.

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