On a beautiful lakefront property in Wisconsin, this project comprises a complete gut renovation of an existing structure and the addition of a new pool house and swimming pool. Taking advantage of the site's three lake exposures, each element of the building works to maximize those views and frame spaces for living and entertaining. A hole was cut into the existing house to separate it from the garage and establish a strong visual and physical connection to the lake from the entry side of the house, as well as create a path from the living areas of the main house to the pool house and pool.

In the main house, the kitchen opens to a double-height living and dining room forming a great family gathering space. Directly beyond the living space, a new screened porch hovers off the back of the house, continuing the indoor-outdoor connection consistent throughout the property and offering full-height views to the lake. A secret loft for the children was created above the screened porch, accessible via a sliding library ladder.

The pool house protects the swimming area from the access road, while also adding an outdoor dining and cooking area, storage, and bathroom. Between the house and the pool, a privacy wall clad in textured slate tiles provides a mounting surface for three small fountains. Nicaraguan hardwood appears extensively throughout the project on ceilings, the pool house, the screened porch, and the custom dining table.  

Typology Single-Family Residential
size 3,200 SF
Location 22100 120th Street, Bristol, WI 53104
status Completed
date 2011


Architect Wilkinson Blender Architecture
Contractor Cuzco Construction
Structural Engineer Enspect Engineering
Client Carol Jones
Photography Michael Wilkinson