A pro hockey player's
lakeside home in
Orchard Lake Village
is a mecca for sports,
fun, family — and
plenty of options for
Lynne Konstantin I Design Writer
Beth Singer I Photographer
VII hen Ryan Kesler came to Joel Lerman, the latter knew he was
going to have some fun.
Kesler, the center for the NIIts Vancouver Canucks and
an Olympic silver medalist, tapped the owner of Lerman Corporation in
Bloomfield Hills to serve as the owner's representative as well as builder
on the renovation of his Orchard Lake home, including sculpting the hilly
beachfront property on Upper Straits Lake. In turn, Lerman turned to his
own trusted colleague, Gary Roberts, president, CEO, creative director and
landscape architect at Great Oaks Landscape Associates in Novi, to col-
laborate on the project.
Kesler, a self-described family man with two children and a third on
the way with his wife, Andrea, grew up in Livonia and still calls Michigan
home whenever possible, in large part due to his close relationships with
friends and family, including his first hockey coach — his dad.
And when he's home, he likes to play. "They are young, vigorous and
athletic, and they like to entertain:' says Roberts. And they needed their
home and landscaping to reflect that:' So Lerman and Roberts created a
private recreational oasis of entertainment, where the busy dad can stay
in shape, play with his family and catch up with his friends. In blissful,
The older contemporary Orchard
Lake home was transitioned
into a softer, updated version of
contemporary, inside and out. The
driveway was reshaped around the
trees and the garages were turned
into a large entry court, where cars
can drive in one side and out the
other. Inside the lower level of the
home, Lerman and Roberts worked
with a specialized team to create a
shooting range for Kesler — of the
puck variety: Built 12 feet under
the garage, a computerized puck-
shooting system, much like a bowling
alley retrieval system, feeds pucks
at players on a floor of synthetic ice.
Also inside: an arcade for vintage
video games, a theater room, an
enormous gym and a basketball court.
Do you have a home you'd like to share with the community? Contact Lynne Konstantin at firstname.lastname@example.org .
June 13 • 2013