We invite and encourage all to observe these last surviving treasure troves of uniquely Door County/Wisconsin building jewels that Mike Till presents in all his new residential builds. By the way, during your personal observation tour that I suggest, you’ll be able see the use of indigenous building materials such as Door County’s abundance of field stone and it’s renewable wood resources that can be observed everywhere in and around this unique land mass (a lot like the Italian Peninsula). As you might observe, these great older rustic structures, will show perhaps how dormers were adapted to modern homes or how meaningful modern additions are from barn extensions or how milk house entries were, in reality, the first “Air-Locks”. These powerful structural elements are prevalent in all of Mike Till’s Rustic Residential design approach throughout rural Door County.
It should also be noted that Mr. Till also specializes in historic preservation of residential buildings such as Victorian Classics found in down town Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin’s Historic District.
Till believes in the old adage “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. So, when Mike lived in Chicago, he worked on skyscrapers and then with his arrival in 1969 to Door County, he was greatly inspired by the aforementioned expressions of beautiful pure rustic industrial style structural engineering elements of old Door County buildings.
Because Mr. Till has a double major in Architecture and Structural Engineering/Building Science Technology, he clearly understands how these structures work in harmony with the local environmental elements. Not to mention how these early “Artisan” Engineers from Europe optimized space. NB: Till’s new modern builds, while being more energy efficient, reflect the aforementioned simplicity of early Door County buildings…
“SIMPLICITY IS THE ULTIMATE SOPHISTICATION”… Leonardo Da Vinci, the Artist/Engineer.