When designing your perfect lake home, it really is “all about the view”.
You’ve worked hard all week. You’ve spent all day Friday looking forward to a weekend at the lake. You’ve got a car full of lake gear, food, dogs, and kids. You’ve fought rush hour traffic to get here. Who wants to spend the weekend looking at the four walls? Nobody.
Whether you’re designing a cozy cabin for two or a luxury lake estate, the lake should take center stage no matter where you are in the house. The placement of the master bedroom, family room, kitchen, and dining areas should be designed with the lake in mind. These are the areas where you will spend most of your time (when you’re not actually ON the lake).
Ample porch space on the lake side of the house is also a must have. How about a porch with a stone fireplace for those cool fall evenings? Consider screening your porch to eliminate those late summer bugs.
Most lake lots will accommodate a basement. Plan for basement recreation areas to be on the lake side of the house as well. You don’t want to forget why you made the trip in the first place.
Windows are expensive but well worth it when you have a breathtaking view. Place the majority of windows on the lake side of the house and minimize the use of windows elsewhere. Consider eliminating window grids on the lake side or using a grid pattern that doesn’t distract from the view.
Deck railings should be at least 42” tall so that you can see under the rail while sitting in a chair. There’s nothing more distracting than a hand rail at eye level. Consider using iron rods for pickets rather than wood. They are slimmer and easier to see through.
Hire a professional designer to visit your lake lot before or during the design process. Let them help you place the house on the lot to minimize cost and maximize enjoyment. You’re making a big investment and you’ve got one chance to get it right.
Paying close attention to details can greatly increase the “aaahhhhh” factor at your lake retreat. There’s nothing more relaxing after a “hard” day on the lake than watching the waters begin to calm as the sun sets. With some good advice and a lot of thought, your lake home will be everything you dreamed it could be.