A Lake Michigan Contemporary compound breathes life into a protected seashore.

By Zachary Chase
Photography by David Kingma & Roger Wade Studios

Merriam Webster defines a “labor of love” as “a labor voluntarily undertaken or performed without consideration of any benefit or reward.”

According to that definition, The Dunes, a 40-acre private lakefront oasis in Montague, Michigan, fails to qualify. Make no mistake; the labor was most certainly there — how else to explain the years of approvals to even get the go-ahead to build in a protected Lake Michigan Critical Dune Area? But so was the reward — how else to explain the rousing, remarkable structure that has redefined coastal development in this idyllic hamlet?

Truth be told, it took vision simply to…

 

Click here for the full story, as seen in the Fall 2016 issue of Homes & Estates.