A New Country House

Drawing on our experience in the design of country houses in the pastoral landscape of the Hudson River Valley and bayou south, we looked, again, at the work of Lutyens, Voysey, Mellor, Meigs, Howe, Lindeberg, and other masters of this long-considered type in a rich history of well-crafted residences.

For this house and for this particular site – a rare, four-acre parcel on a small natural lake adjacent to the St. Joseph River – we were particularly drawn to a distributed plan arrangement and the opportunity to craft rooms – both interior and exterior – that would take best advantage of this rare landscape, its unique views, and the Owners’ active lifestyle.

The parti of the house reveals a linear arrangement that prioritizes views to the lake for all of the public rooms and Owners’ suite, and a southerly orientation and footprint that simultaneously take best advantage of natural light and prevailing breezes across the site while shielding from view structures at the perimeter of the property. The particular arrangement and orientation of the house – a single room deep – allows light to animate rooms throughout the day and across the unique seasons, and the purposeful alignment of openings invites the outdoors in, through its French casement windows and doors.

@ A Glance
Project Address
  • Willow Lake Drive
    Mishawaka, Indiana
Project Type
  • New Construction
  • Spring 2016
Project Team

Buccellato Design, LLC (BDLLC)
Aimee P. C. Buccellato, Partner
Kevin M. Buccellato, Partner
Monica Henry, Project Architect
Bisma Sarfaras, Intern Architect
Becca Walton, Project Assistant

General Contractor
Rans Custom Homes

Allied Crafts

Timbers and Trusses
Trillium Dell Timberworks, Inc.
Knoxville, Illinois

Wrought Iron
William Conyers, Blacksmith
South Bend, Indiana