SWA Architects had the pleasure to design the lakefront vacation home for Bill & Kathy Radostits on Little St. Germain Lake in northern Wisconsin. The home is designed to be all about family gatherings. Bill’s parents originally vacationed at this location starting in 1956, when the property was part of Ryckaert’s Resort, where they vacationed each summer. When Bill and Kathy were married and raising their family, they continued the Radostits tradition, continued to vacation in the area enjoying the fishing, boating and hunting. In 1997, Bill & Kathy had the opportunity to purchase the property, including two small cabins, with the dream of eventually building a year round vacation home. The dream is now becoming reality, as construction has begun on the Radostits home.
The new home allows the opportunity for year round living, including celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas at the home with extended family. The design allows for views to the lake from the great room, kitchen and recreation room. The kitchen itself has plenty of room for gathering around the large island with family and friends. A hibachi grill in the kitchen will add fun to the cooking experience as well.
The home would not be complete without the “fishing center”, an area off the garage which includes a sink with cutting board to clean the fish, refrigerator and freezer, a TV and storage racks for rods and tackle.
One of many custom features of the home will be a hand carved mantel on the stone fireplace by Wood Land Creek Furniture, which will include a scene in the carving of two black bears and a bald eagle.
Other features of the home include an elevator, exercise room, bunk room for young kids, a recreation room, home office, guest bedrooms and a master suite. The exterior is a heavy cedar siding with a metal roof, screened porch and deck. The home includes energy features such as LED recessed light fixtures, radiant heat and an upgraded insulation package. A natural gas backup generator will assure there will be power to heat the home and run refrigerators and freezers during a power failure.
Kathy and Bill were assisted by Laurie Smith of Piconke Smith Design in the selection of the interior finishes of the home. The home is being built by Dick Lee of Lee & Winter Construction, a local builder in the area. Dick can be reached at (715) 493-4115.