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Custom New Build 3,001 to 6,000 square feet

Lake Winnebago Vacation Home

This project began with a client’s vision of building a second home where her children and grandchildren would gather and relax for an evening, a weekend or all week long. It had to be an in-town lake home; staying close to Kansas City allows her busy family members to drive to the lake house and head back into town if they have other obligations, making the visits more frequent and enjoyable for everyone.

Building a custom home reduces the number of challenges that often come with a major remodeling project. The placement of the swimming pool on the same level as the main living area was a challenge that ended with an engineering and design accomplishment. The infinity pool required the architect, engineers and pool designer to build up/support the patio and pool from below while maintaining the aesthetic integrity of the back of the home. The design team was able to deliver the client her main-floor infinity pool in a way that enhances the lake house.


Elswood Smith Carlson Architects


Ambassador Homes

Interior Designer

Madden McFarland

Photos by

Nate Sheets


Landscaper: Land Art  Pool Designer: Midwest Pools  New Home Community: Lake Winnebago  Appliances: Ferguson  Cabinets: Profile Cabinet  Countertops: Carthage Marble  Electronics: Cineplex  Flooring: Acme Floor Co.  Rugs: Abrash Rugs  Furnishings: Madden McFarland  Accessories: Madden McFarland  Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson  Lighting Fixtures: Wilson Lighting  Wall Coverings: Madden McFarland  Windows: Marvin  Window Coverings: Madden McFarland

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Our second-annual competition begins! Enter your top projects now for review by our third-party jury for a chance to earn one of our designKC Awards! Gather your materials—professional photos, floor plans and essays—and upload them to our NEW AND IMPROVED online portal, which now gives you the ability to save your work before submission. Find submission guidelines, categories and portal link below. Don’t miss this golden opportunity! Deadline is November 1. Please Note- Don’t delay on your entry, based on submission intensity, we may close the portal early.

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