Andre and Lisa Radandt turned a 1940s stone dwelling into guest lodgings for their Michigan home. They worked with architect-designers Gregory Dufner and Daniel Heighes Wismer, of the New York firm Dufner Heighes, who played to the building's strengths, retaining even its moss-covered roof.
One of the few changes the architects made to Young's facade was replacing old outdoor fixtures with handsome metal sconces. There is no mechanical equipment visible outside the house because heating and cooling are facilitated by six geothermal wells under the lawn. The goal was to be green and avoid having unsightly air-conditioning units in the pastoral setting.
Overhead, the architects replaced the ceiling -- an odd Earl Young experiment consisting of plastic panels and neon lights -- with a wooden one of the same design. The furniture is classic but casual: a Jean-Michel Frank sofa, easy chairs by Jens Risom, and a coffee table of richly veined marble (designed by the architects). Among the more offbeat items added to the mix are a table with a fish-shaped base found on eBay and a spiral wooden side table.
In the master bedroom, a Lee Jofa curtain fabric inspired the color scheme, reflected in the silk-shag area rug and leather seating. As in the living room, Dufner and Wismer chose a combination of new and old furniture; the contemporary chaise, for instance, is based on early-twentieth-century Wiener Werkstatte designs. And they used earthy materials -- bronze, leather, rattan, walnut, and marble -- which, Dufner says, "looked right since the house seems to have literally grown out of the landscape." The Thomas O'Brien lamp is from Circa, one of the designers' favorite lighting sources.
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