Shorecliff Residence



The site is located on the top of a bluff along Lake Michigan.  The design reflects the client’s wish for a ‘modern’ prairie style home, and is oriented lengthwise along the lake with views from all major rooms.  The natural slope of the site down towards the north allowed for a partially exposed lower level, as well as a bridge as part of the entry sequence.  The use of board-formed concrete, silvery stone walls, and wood surfaces form a natural material palette suitable for the secluded picturesque surroundings.

The living room fireplace was constructed of board-formed concrete (which imprints a woodgrain texture into the concrete) instead of traditional brick or stone.  It features a ten-foot-tall center glass panel that was patina’d using a silvering technique to create an iridescent bronze finish with vertical streaking.  The entrance to the master bedroom features a six-foot-tall onyx stone with a natural edge, mounted and recessed into the wall.  Two custom metal stairways use reclaimed wood treads from a linden tree sourced on site.  A tile mosaic in the basement bath pays homage to the decorative subway tile of New York and the homeowner’s home town of Brooklyn.



Completed Fall 2015


4,500 square feet


Mequon, Wisconsin


Ariel Steuer


John Sauermilch Jr. General Contractor