Chapel Hill, NC | Photography by Mike Cincala

Drawn to a vacant infill lot for its lakeside siting, a family of four eagerly anticipated making the most of a scarce waterfront orientation in the midst of dense, university-town suburbia. Typical for an infill lot, it is relatively small for the neighborhood and had several covenants restricting height and setbacks.

The new house is situated to maximize views and activities on the lakefront and sheltered under one large roof that ends over a two-story screened porch. Two sets of pocket windows create 16' of opening between the screened porch and kitchen creating an indoor-outdoor room that is the center of this home. Decks and paths connect this space to the lakefront and dock activities beyond.