Desai Chia Architecture designed the Michigan Lake House using “shou sugi ban” on the exteriors. Shou Sugi Ban is a traditional Japanese method of charring wood so it becomes rot resistant and bug resistant. They also reclaimed dying ash trees from the site and milled them down to be used as interior cabinetry, flooring, ceiling panels, trim work, and custom furniture throughout the house. I appreciate that trees from the site were used in the house. In a way they stayed as a reminder of their beauty. I like the dramatic overhang on the back of the house, it provides addition living space while being outside. The exposed beams on the interior ceilings let you feel the structure of the home.