Lakeview Prairie Style Split Level

The “Prairie Style” developed by Frank Lloyd Wright influenced the design.  True to the style are the floating roofs with large overhangs, the use of brick and concrete and horizontal elements grounding the building into the site.


This split level home sits on a large lot and already has many nicely sized rooms such as the children’s bedrooms, living room, dining room and kitchen.  An addition to the back of the house allows for a combination guest room/study, mud room, rear entry/craft room, large bathroom as well as the ability to move the laundry room to the second floor.  The master bedroom benefits from the extra space to include a large dressing area and ensuite.


The high side of the split level gets a new roof which has been raised two feet higher than the original in order to resolve some drainage issues and also improves the proportions of the building’s mass.  A garage extension forward makes it more functional for the vehicles as well as providing room for storage.  A new entrance addition which has been set between the lower level and the main floor makes the home more welcoming from the street.  As the kids play on the large front driveway, there is a new west facing patio to allow for parent supervision.


The existing kitchen works well with the family so the design focused on making it directly accessible to an outdoor deck for dining.  It is also opened up to the dining room and the island is expanded.