New Construction

Design Professional
Allan Mascord, Architect

The challenge
This rare parcel featured 240 ft. of sandy beach frontage. At the end of its long private drive, the site was spongy, and standing water surrounded the ideal building placement.

The solution
Careful analysis and site investigations yielded pockets of bearing with great capacity. Well-vented soils manage water on their own with modest attention to grading and placement; no engineered subgrade was required and the home sits ideally just off the sandy beach. Proper grading and a tall crawl space lend ample and dry storage, while site water moves to the bay unimpeded as nature intended. Solid wood floors are stable and content on a crawl that manages moisture and water vapor passively, creating a care-free environment for the owner. Standing water on the site has been ameliorated in the vicinity of the home and it sits, content and dry, on the shores of Lake Michigan.


870 East Eighth
Traverse City, Michigan

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