Loft-Living in the Woods
A painter and a musician get creative in their affordable home made from a simple plan and common materials
After selling their business, Bruce and Sara decided to move to the woods of northern Wisconsin — but they needed a house first. Working with architect Robert Gerloff within a $200,000 budget, they devised an innovative twist on a split-level house that harmonizes with the pristine lake setting. It has the appeal of a classic lake home (open plan, lots of windows) but is pointedly not a dark, rustic “cedar chalet.” The house incorporates studios for Sara’s painting and Bruce’s music, as well as featuring lower ceilings in the bedrooms and including a “cozy room” to balance the openness of the main space.