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October 26, 1991 - Image 20

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Publication:
The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-10-26

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Left:
This three-story
contemporary
home nestled in
the woods is on
a private lake in
Oakland County.
The home is
surrounded by
wildflowers and
nature.

Opposite Page:
The large gray
wool curved
sectional with
built-in fabric
tables is part of
the main living
area on the
second level.

INTO
THE

P H OTOG RA PH S BY G L E NN T RI EST

Nature adds to the splendor
of a contemporary home.

IKE LIVING IN A TREE HOUSE,
says the owner of this unique
three-story contemporary
home located in a cottage
area near a small Oakland County
lake. "It feels like we're in Northern
Michigan because there is not much
around us, yet we are very close to
the city. We have a great deal of
privacy and tranquility, and we can
concentrate on nature in a way that
we never have before."
The owners designed and built the
home they have occupied for one
year by combining the wife's talents
for design and the husband's ability
to execute.
"We had a larger home in Bloom-

18 HOME

field Hills with a pool that required
a lot of maintenance," the husband
explained. "The youngest of our three
children started college and we
wanted something smaller to suit our
changing lifestyle. We've built two
previous homes and after looking at
condos we decided to build again."
Knowing they wanted to be as close
to a lake as possible, the owners
drove through different areas and
scoured the newspaper before finding
their ideal location. "I found this lot
when I saw an ad for a small cottage
on a lake," he recalls. "We had looked
at this area years ago but it didn't

• BY SUSAN WEINGARDEN

suit our needs. Now it is perfect."
After making a list of must have lux-
uries, including a lake view, the
owners conceived a design and turn-
ed to architect Ed Ashor for his
technical assistance. "We tore down
the cottage and acting as the builder,
I contracted everything out," the hus-
band explained. "I monitored it very
closely and the house was built in
four months. I wouldn't recommend
it to just everyone; there are a lot of
risks involved.
A background in engineering and
a penchant for research helped the
owner with the design of the home.
"The lot is about 115 by 120," he said.
"We had to build a smaller house on

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