There are so many incredible renovation design firms across America that specialize in exquisite reno design (such as Boss Design for example), but one recently caught my attention. “A desire to clearly express the beauty of simple honest construction and basic materials characterizes this gut renovation of a 1950s ranch house in a lakeside Michigan community,” describes the team of designers at Searl Lamaster Howe Architects. “Exposed wood trusses, polished concrete floors, zinc coated walls and roofing, galvanized metal grating, and white stucco are offset by crimson red casement windows. 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.” Sustainable energy was also a major consideration by the design team who incorporated a geothermal well feeds a radiant heating system embedded in the floor. Structurally insulated panels fabricated offsite provide a superior level of thermal protection. Local sourcing was used whenever possible for supplies including the windows, cabinetry, drywall, concrete block, trusses, and metal work. There’s something so elegant about this remodel, and for some reason I can’t help but imagine how zen-like it would be to wake up here in the morning with a hot cup of coffee and some Yo Yo Ma playing in the background. For more of my favorite dream homes be sure to visit Dream Homes on FEELguide.