Located in central Florida, Lake House is set on a sloping, lakefront lot and is the first LEED-certified residence in the city of Winter Haven. Designed by Max Strang Architecture, the 5,500-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath house was built with the idea that the interior living spaces were lodged within an outer “shell” made of stucco. The shell features eight-foot overhangs that provide the house with much needed protection from the sun.

Underneath the stucco shell, the exterior walls are clad in a wood-like sustainable material called Resysta. The warm color of the material is a nice contrast to the light-colored stucco. Besides the use of Resysta, the house incorporates other environmental design features like a solar photovoltaic system, solar hot-water heaters, geothermal HVAC, and LED lighting. The large windows offer ample daylight as well as provide cross-ventilation throughout.

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Lake House by Max Strang Architecture in architecture  Category

Lake House by Max Strang Architecture in architecture  Category

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Lake House by Max Strang Architecture in architecture  Category

Lake House by Max Strang Architecture in architecture  Category

Lake House by Max Strang Architecture in architecture  Category

Lake House by Max Strang Architecture in architecture  Category

Photos by Paul Warchol and Calder Wilson.