The challenge with many waterfront properties is the steep grade of the land. In the case of the Tupelo project, the slope drops a dramatic twenty feet from the front door to the lowest level of the home. Visbeen Architects met this challenge head on by adding a stepped, two-story basement. The end result is a four-story cottage bungalow designed to allow for the clients to host large numbers of guests for extended beach vacations. The master bedroom offers comfort and privacy for homeowners, even with a house full of visitors. A variety of indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces are available, including a custom pool and patio out back. In addition to providing living space for family and friends, every level of the Tupelo takes full advantage of sweeping lake views from its perch on the shoreline.