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David A. Seglin, 

Licensed Architect, LEED AP, NCARB

Dunes House

Ogden Dunes, Indiana

This 2,500 sf single family residence employs familiar materials to blend into the forested environment atop an Indiana sand dune. The dwelling encourages both a horizontal and vertical connection to the site, projecting upward as one approaches from the street, while stepping down the dune as the house extends into the landscape. The plan articulates the private and public sectors of the home with bedrooms located in the tower portion and living rooms and outdoor decks extending into nature. The axial arrangement of the public living areas permits space to be visually borrowed from adjacent rooms, stairways and overlooks.

The Master Suite atop the tower includes a private deck with views toward Lake Michigan. Additional Bedrooms and a Study are located below on the Main Level. Timber columns and beams enclose the Kitchen, Dining and sunken Living Room and are surrounded by sliding glass doors opening out to wood decks. A screen porch can be accessed from the Bar adjacent the Living Room.

Exterior detailing employs numerous wood sidings and colors in a stylistic reference to the building’s context. The facade refines architectural themes that typify neighboring homes, establishing a unique identity through the quality and character of the materials.