The Cottage is located on the western side of the Door County Peninsula with spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the setting sun. Eifler & Associates and the client elected to design the summer home using materials primarily from local sources, emphasizing a regionalistic approach to building. The building is oriented to views of the lake to the west with extensive use of windows and doors, whereas the entry side, to the east, is characterized by cedar siding and long, narrow “strip” windows, for privacy and energy efficiency. Natural materials such as stone from nearby Sturgeon Bay, cedar, and Douglas fir are used throughout as interior and exterior finishes to further reinforce the connection between the inhabitants and the natural setting. The home is designed to be in conformance with Wisconsin’s new stringent energy standards.