Michigan’s ‘Chameleon House’ Is Not Your Grandpappy’s Lake House

What'd you expect, timber and rust?

February 27, 2018 9:00 am

There are two schools of thought when it comes to building the perfect retreat.

One: Put it in the middle of nowhere so phone and internet services are near impossible. Or two: Make it invisible, so that even if someone wanted to interrupt your quality R&R, they wouldn’t be able to find you.

The Chameleon House, located in a cherry orchard near the shores of Lake Michigan, belongs to the latter group.

As the name suggests, the towering abode blends into its environmet thanks to recycled translucent polyethylene slats that cover the exterior like giant window shades. Beneath this shell is galvanized metal. Together, the materials reflect and mirror the bucolic vistas surrounding the home.

Chameleon House (4 images)

Designed by Anderson Anderson Architects, the Michigan home offers more than camouflage. Inside, there are four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a new two-car garage, in-floor radiant heating and a rooftop patio with expansive views of Lake Michigan.

Retired James Bond villains, writers with a book to finish and personal-space cherishers take note: the Chameleon House is currently on the market for a cool $1.2 million.

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