Cavanaugh Lake New Home Build Brief


Lead Architectural Designer: Keith Fineberg

Lead Interior Designer: Keith Fineberg

Lead Carpenters: Daniel Jones

Photographer: Scottie Davidson

Location: Chelsea, MI

Completion Date: Winter 2021


Built for a large family with a strong connection to Asian culture, architect Keith Fineberg’s modern, metal home on Cavanaugh Lake is a marvel of sustainable building and living.

It’s impossible to miss this bold, red home situated just off the main road and less than 100’ from the lakeshore. While strong in form and color, the low sloped home is carefully situated on-site, allowing the surrounding landscape to blur the lines between built and organic forms. As the builder of this home, we were enthusiastic to use durable, green materials including Richlite siding, harvested, reclaimed white oak flooring, FSC certified cabinetry and concrete floors on the lower level. 

Stepping inside the home, an open living – dining – kitchen space encompasses the main floor with panoramic views of the lake. Carefully placed skylights above define the home’s axis. The lower level sleeping quarters and family room have framed waterfront views with large, oversized windows.