Residential Design

Home isn’t just a place to live. Home is all about people.   

Designing your new home is a process built on trust. This will be your sanctuary, the place where you will share important moments with friends and create a lifetime of family memories. It needs to reflect the way you want to live.

The architectural design team at Wightman & Associates knows that trust is built on respect, openness, listening, and learning about what matters to you. Our purpose isn’t to design the home of our dreams; it is to create the home of YOUR dreams.

You can be confident in our expertise and our ability to bring a wide range of viewpoints to the design of your home. By employing the Wightman design process, our team collaborates with you to translate your vision and values into a home you will love living in.

But there is something else Wightman & Associates delivers that many design firms cannot. Among our staff of more than 100 employees are professionals who specialize in land surveying, environmental testing, and civil engineering. We know how to work with state, local, and federal officials to pull permits and navigate the regulations often associated with homes built near critical dunes, wetlands, and other environmentally sensitive areas.

Because our designers work shoulder to shoulder with these professionals, we have the in-house expertise to handle the most complex home design projects.


Our People

Our team of design professionals have a passion for bringing your dreams to life in the design of your home. We want to create a living environment that meets the needs of your family and lifestyle while keeping in line with your budget and schedule.  

Chris Brayak AIA is a licensed architect with more than 30 years of experience in the design of homes and other facilities in Southwestern Michigan. He brings a passion for preservation and sustainability and a deep respect for the region, Lake Michigan and Harbor Country communities. Contact Chris: cbrayak@gowightman.com

Project Examples

Coloma, Michigan Residence
A 2,600 SF new construction home built on a narrow lot on Paw Paw Lake, was subject to very restrictive state and local regulations creating unique design challenges.  Optimizing access to the lake dictated much of the plan layout. Most interior rooms, outdoor patios and decks boast wonderful lake views. The client desired this year-round home to be a refuge for the family and a welcoming entertainment center for social gatherings. 

Paw Paw Lake, Stevensville, Michigan Residence
This year-round home is part of a family owned group of properties along a quarter mile stretch of the Lake Michigan shore. This craftsman-style home was designed with an open plan for family entertaining and flexibility, while preserving the critical dune environment and meeting client budgets. The two-story, central fireplace anchors the home and the 3rd floor tower offers spectacular views of the lake. Much of the finish construction was done by the family themselves.

St. Joseph, Michigan  Residence
This vacation home for a mature couple provided an  Italian Villa getaway located on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.  The 3,600 SF home provides the backdrop for the client’s collection of Asian, Eastern European, French, and Russian furnishings and artifacts brought back from extensive world travels. The office overlooking the two-story great room and the large second floor deck, provide access to expansive views of the lake.

Benton Harbor, Michigan Residence
This 3,200 SF new construction home was built to replace the family’s previous home which was destroyed by fire. The client’s clear direction on the floor plan was laid out with an Interior Designer and referenced their previous home. From this, Wightman & Associates designed a two story, Contemporary Farmhouse with ample exterior porches around three sides taking advantage of the expansive lot and outdoor views.

St. Joseph, Michigan Residence
The focus for this home is the view from the outdoor decks and main living spaces from this dune overlooking Lake Michigan. Clean, contemporary details and efficient use of space and materials are employed in the design of this 3,300 SF home. The owners are empty nesters who want a place for their friends to gather to share meals and relaxed evenings, and their children and families to comfortably stay for weekends and vacations.
Three Oaks, Michigan Residence   
The addition to this home doubled the size of the original construction and created a wooded retreat for the homeowners. With one of the client’s having a long commute to and downtown Chicago, the bungalow style home is a calming refuge and views of the outdoor gardens can be enjoyed from the large back porch. New vaulted ceilings, allow for an open stairway and balcony leading to a loft. This openness is enhanced by allowing for the placement of windows that bring in views of the sky over the trees.