Harbert Cottage by Searl Lamaster Howe

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/42/42jfaa3ibn75qrti.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>A desire to clearly express the beauty of simple honest construction and basic materials characterizes this gut renovation of a 1950's ranch house in a lakeside Michigan community. Exposed wood trusses, polished concrete floors, zinc coated walls and roofing, galvanized metal grating, and white stucco are offset by crimson red casement windows. &nbsp;A screened porch - the epicenter of this summer home - distinguishes the street side facade and provides a direct connection to the gardens surrounding the house. &nbsp;A geothermal well feeds a radiant heating system embedded in the floor. &nbsp;Structurally insulated panels fabricated offsite provide a superior level of thermal protection. &nbsp;Local sourcing was used whenever possible for supplies including the windows, cabinetry, drywall, concrete block, trusses, and metal work.</p>         

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