This collection of outbuildings in rural Michigan was created to compliment the previously designed main house and remodeled historic farmhouse. All structures take their clues from the vernacular clapboard painted cottages along the lakeshore and white washed barns inland in orchards and vineyards. The white corrugated metal siding and heavy timber framing reinforce the agrarian metaphor.
The 75’ long Olympic sized lap pool has a 25’ stepped entry to accommodate children wadding and adults kibitzing. The pool house harbors equipment on the lower level and heaters in ventilated compartments above at the rear of the changing rooms.
The pool complex is on axis with the farm/guest house while the gridded orchard compliments the N/S orientation of the main house. The triangular shape of the garden/shed complex resolves the two diverse angles. An 8’ high fence deters deer while 8” x 8” posts anchored to a concrete grade beam form a rigid cantilever.
Spaced clapboard siding ventilates the storage shed with its attached triangular shade house. The complex brackets the south facing garden entrance establishing another allee. Underneath the treillage a triangular cedar work table doubles as family dining as does its counterpart in the garden.
Inside the garden raised beds of untreated cedar accommodate a multitude of organic produce as well as bee and butterfly attracting flowers. Picket fenced benches designed by the architect encourage gardeners to “watch your garden” grow while compost bins reinforce the sustainability of the compound.