ZDA collaborated with the architect to site a large dwelling and private museum on a challenging property (6.5 acres) to optimize lake views and integrate the home into the landscape. ZDA’s Master Plan addressed site circulation and incorporated auxiliary parking and equipment access for the museum without compromising the residential character of the estate. The property includes orchards, kitchen and ornamental gardens, chicken coup, and boathouse.

ZDA developed extensive construction documents and supervised the entire construction process to carry out the owner’s design intent.

Native American mounds found on site during a cultural landscape analysis provided special challenges and opportunities. ZDA worked with architects, a private archeologist, and the Wisconsin State Historical Society to develop a cultural history map of the property. The dwelling and landscape were carefully designed to preserve and respect the undisturbed portion of the ‘Water Spirit’ mound.

Remediation and protection of the shoreline was a critical component of this lake home project. ZDA engineered the water management aspects of the landscape to capture 100% of runoff during and after construction. Rain water is collected and directed to a one acre wet meadow where it can infiltrate and provide additional wildlife habitat.

The museum displays a stunning collection of orchestral music machines and antiques and is toured by guests from around the world. The lake views and cultural significance of the site combined with the unique architecture and ornamental gardens create a world-class destination.


Site Evaluation and Anaylsis
Cultural Landscape Analysis
Master Planning & Budgeting
Natural Areas Management
Stormwater Management
Landscape Design
Garden Design
Construction Documents
Contractor Selection
Construction Coordination