Lake Michigan Home
Private Garden – Wilmette, Illinois

Sitting on approximately 1.34 acres of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, this unique property walks right out to the beach without a bluff, which is seldom seen in the Chicago area. With its proximity to the lake, the house and outdoor spaces are placed to maximize and frame views to the water and provide ample opportunity for family recreation and entertaining. The program includes a covered outdoor kitchen, a sleek family-sized pool, and a spa with plenty of terrace space for dining and lounging. Lawn steps connect the pool terrace to a large open lawn area. Native dune grasses bleed into the planting palette between the lawn and the beach providing a smooth transition from the back yard to the dunes. The immense elevation change from the front to the back of the property created a challenge for circulation.  Staggering the groups of steps and maximizing landings makes for a roaming experience as guests descend to the rear yard.