Lakeshore House

Location
Okoboji, Iowa
Year
2018
Size
7,795 SF

Client
Robert and Jane Sturgeon

Project Team
Todd Garner

Lakeshore House – Substance Architecture
Lakeshore House – Substance Architecture

Lakeshore House

The clients for this 7,800 square foot lakefront property in northeastern Iowa envisioned a spacious year-round residence that could comfortably accommodate their expanding multi-generational family and host gatherings where a connection to the lake and the landscape is ever-present. The home was carefully sited amongst a grouping of old-growth Bur Oak trees and arranged to preserve open space and capture a rare view of the lake from the street.

The living spaces are organized in a straightforward yet elegant way, with two separate Accoya wood-clad volumes connected by a transparent communal zone. Unified under a singular sloped roof, the design ingeniously sequences large indoor and outdoor spaces focused on providing unobstructed vistas of Lake Okoboji while providing flexibility and privacy.

The single-story volume to the south houses the private primary suite with its own lake view and terrace access, while the elongated two-story mass to the north accommodates service spaces and guest areas. A simple palette of wood, glass, and stone ensures that these grand spaces remain warm, intimate, and perpetually inviting, perfectly echoing the natural context they inhabit. Radiant floors and indoor-outdoor fireplaces ensure the house is as comfortable in the winter as it is in the summer.

Lakeshore House was about more than building a home. The owners wanted a sanctuary—each room blending seamlessly within the house and site. A respite versus a museum.

Lakeshore House – Substance Architecture

Floor plan - level one

Lakeshore House – Substance Architecture

Floor plan - level two

Lakeshore House – Substance Architecture

Site section 

Consultants

Structural Engineer
KPFF
Landscape Architect
Genus Landscape Architects
Interior Designer
Twetten’s Interior Design
General Contractor
Bates Construction

Awards

2022 Builder's Choice Design Awards
BUILDER
2022 Excellence in Design - Contemporary Architecture
2nd Annual dsm Home Design Awards

Publications

September 2022 BUILDER
January/February 2022 dsm
2022 IA
Summer 2021 Iowa Architect
Spring 2018 Iowa Architect

Photography by Corey Gaffer