Construction of this new home on Clear Lake was recently finished. This project was extremely challenging due to the significant slope and elevation change on this site. The oddly shaped lot made it necessary to obtain several variances from the local ordinances which were duly approved by the town’s BZA. A small cabin was demolished at the base of the hill to make room for the new 4-bedroom lake cottage designed by the owners with assistance from Lynn.
Due to the unique nature of the site, the home is designed with somewhat of a reverse layout to the typical lake home design. The upper floor holds the 3 secondary bedrooms as well as a hobby room. The middle level includes the master bedroom and a family room while the kitchen and great room are on the lake level.
On a calm day, one is able to watch fish swim near the shoreline from the upper deck that is over 25′ above lake level. This deck sits over a 3-seasons porch on the middle level, which has an adjacent exterior deck as well. There is a covered open porch on the lower level in addition to the one on the street level opposite the lake. Obviously there is no shortage of outdoor entertaining spaces and the views from these areas are not obstructed with traditional railings. We used an aluminum railing system that includes glass balusters to ensure a clear view of this spectacular lake.
The home boasts some neat features like a dumb waiter, cold storage/storm room under the covered porch and a custom shower stall with two-sided glass enclosure. This home is primarily maintenance free on the exterior with vinyl siding, manufactured stone and composite decking. The inside has a fair amount of vinyl plank flooring due to the moisture resistance of that type of flooring. The wood floor in the entry on the upper floor as well as the 3-seasons porch was stained by the owners.