Summit Lake House


This private residence overlooking a scenic lake in Southwest Iowa serves as a sanctuary for its owners and as a space for extended family gatherings.


Inspired by the familiar rural, vernacular forms dotting the Midwestern landscape, the expansive home harmonizes with its surroundings. Stone masonry, an exterior of unpainted wood and floor-to-ceiling windows invite impressive views of nature.


The L-shaped plan responds to the demands of the site and the owner’s request for living quarters. Communal functions of the home, such as the kitchen, dining and living spaces, are clustered in a separate wing. The second floor houses guest suites for the families of the owners’ grown children who frequently visit.


Project Size:

House - 7,500 sf

Garages - 2,500 sf


+ project completed while in the employ of JMA | Studio



Summit Lake House


3706 INGERSOLL AVE DES MOINES, IOWA 50312 | 515-279-8818

136 SOUTH DUBUQUE ST IOWA CITY, IOWA 52240 | 515-321-8017