Before & After: 1949 Lakeside Michigan Cottage

A 1949 Michigan weekend cottage with a sunken roof gets a makeover that stays true to the house’s humble roots

From our partners at Houzz

In 1974, Chicagoan Chris Lonn bought a 1949 cottage with three friends in Harbert, Michigan, a small summer resort town on the southeastern shores of Lake Michigan. Over the years, they converted the garage into a third bedroom and another bath, and built a large, screened-in porch at the front of the house. Other than that, the house, set on a large lot filled with oaks and evergreens, remained largely untouched for almost four decades.

Lonn eventually became the sole owner of the cottage. Recently, he decided it was high time to do a major overhaul of the beloved weekend retreat — and the site of many fond memories — which had developed a laundry list of repair needs. With the guidance of Chicago architect Greg Howe, the house was modernized and winterized, but the renovation managed to stay true to the home’s cottage roots.

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