This Detroit Lake Beach House by Century Builders is the Piazza del Duomo of Lake Homes
First impressions upon arrival, this beach house is the architectural definition of grandeur. Calling this just a beach house is like calling the Piazza del Duomo just a church—it’s so much more than that; it’s art you can dwell in. The midcentury-modern geometric design makes you forget where you are, as the style stands alone against the bordering lake homes along Detroit Lake.
There’s so much to explore inside—and outside—this one-of-a-kind beach house, so let’s step inside and begin.
From the moment you arrive at the property, you are completely taken away by the stunning, breathtaking views. You drive up the hand-laid paver driveway, to the front of this beautiful entertainer’s paradise. With large glass windows, on the front and rear of this home, you immediately notice the lake view through the grand windows. Once you enter the home through the grand entrance, you walk into the great room with 18′ tall ceilings, exposed steel I-beams, two large chandeliers, a three-sided fireplace and a 14′ tall log storage niche.
“Modern, warm and timeless—yet approachable.” That was what homeowners Tyler and Melissa Brandt wanted to achieve in the final design. “Century Builders had built other homes for our friends,” said Melissa. “Having Eric as the lead for our project was amazing—his customer-facing etiquette and his attention to detail is refreshing.”
Tyler Brandt had worked with Century Builders on past projects, and loving both their work and the relationships made, decided to ask them to build his and Melissa’s dream lake home.
Although labor shortages and the pandemic created certain challenges for this project, the communication of Eric and Century Builders paired with the creative teamwork of the Brandts guided this project to successful completion. The feedback from family and friends has been ‘unbelievable,’ says Melissa.
The Brandts love to entertain but also enjoy bonding with their kids and their friends and significant others. They believe this home design allows for that flexibility. “We can easily entertain hundreds of people—or on the flip side adapt to a quiet night, snuggled up by the fire watching a movie with our kids or playing bags on the lawn,” said Melissa. “Priceless!”
Meet The Builder
Eric DeClercq, Project Manager for Century Builders
The project began in the late fall of 2019 and was completed in early 2021. Tyler & Melissa worked with Mevold Studios to design the home. Tyler, Melissa, Chris Schuler and myself worked closely together to help make their lake home a reality.”
Century Builders General Contractors
The kitchen includes custom cabinetry throughout, a large island and a wet bar with hidden storage for glassware.
The pool room includes a wet bar, fireplace, hangar door and bathroom. Outside the pool room is a large patio with an outdoor kitchen, a pool with an infinity edge and two water features that flow into the pool.
Down the stairs is the walkout basement designed for nothing but fun and relaxation. The basement includes a wet bar, fireplace, custom made shuffleboard table and a golf simulator.
Upstairs includes a loft with a balcony that overlooks the pool and gives a stunning view of the lake.
The oyster shell decor is the shape of Detroit Lake, hand-glued on a wood and fabric wallpaper. The ace on the lake represents Ace Brandt’s lake home (Tyler Brandt’s brother), who passed away in 2021, as well as the Brandt family logo which represents where their home is on the lake. This conversation piece is meant to provide organic and meaningful art to welcome guests.
Reactions from the Homeowners
“We absolutely love it! Our family and friends enjoy spending time here with us all season long. Creating lifetime memories is what Tyler and I strived to achieve—we both believe we succeeded in that goal.” -Melissa Brandt