Lake Drive Modern



This new custom home was designed with the client’s passion for mid-century modern architecture in mind.  The home is private and closed off at the street to create a buffer from the busy Lake Drive traffic on the Milwaukee east side, and then opens up to the rear.  A board-formed concrete site wall acts as a sound barrier for the home and rear yard.  To enter, one must pass through a covered gate, invoking a Japanese garden entry sequence, then proceeding through a small courtyard rock garden, before arriving at the front entrance. 

Once inside, a 12′ high ceiling at the living and dining rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows provides an uninhibited connection to the rear yard.  The home is oriented lengthwise towards the south to achieve a passive solar design–sun is shaded from the interior in the summer with large overhangs, and is allowed to stream into the rooms in the winter. 

The home is accessible, with no level changes, low thresholds, and wide door openings to allow the clients to age in place.


Construction summer 2019


3,000 square feet


Milwaukee, WI


Carmel Builders