Perfectly Balanced

cowell-exteriorWhen Deborah Guerrera and Casey Cowell married, they knew they needed to find a bigger space for their blended family of seven — and fast. A mere fifteen months later they moved into their custom home near Traverse City and the shores of Lake Michigan.

When you walk through the house, it’s hard to imagine that it was built in such a tight timeframe. It’s clear deep thought and planning went into its creation. The entire space is a lesson in careful balance, and it’s a place where modern design and rustic style exist in harmony.

Examples of this shine throughout the 15,000-square-foot home. Though it’s big (its design was inspired by National Park lodges), it’s also cozy. It’s grand, boasting three wings and 28-foot ceilings in some spaces, but it’s also fuss-free thanks to kid-friendly touches like casual sofas and low-maintenance fabrics. It’s a space where rough-cut stone walls brush against smooth woods, warm cedar beams feature black steel plates and entire walls are erected from glass.

Download the PDF to tour the home, featured in Architectural Digest.


  • I have more questions and concerns about getting an oil-change than I do about this project.

    ~ Tom H.