Initially, they planned to build a winterized home that played to the views. “Then we realized this could eventually be our retirement home,” David says. With energy costs on the rise, the couple decided to go green and take advantage of new technology. “Sunlight is free, so we might as well try to use it!” David says. To do so, they hired Evanston architect Nathan Kipnis, who specializes in environmentally friendly design.
The soaring, 2,600-square-foot glassy structure he proposed was “way more modern than we expected,” Carol says. But they loved it. “When it’s a vacation home, you’re willing to take more risks and be expressive,” she says.