Lake Homes

Governmental ordinances and codes can vary greatly from one lake to the next. Our years of lake home building have made us very aware that complying with these ordinances greatly influences what size and shape of structure can be placed on a particular building site. We offer our knowledge of these factors to assist in the design and placement of your vacation home.
The geographical processes that have occurred, which have allowed these beautiful lakes to form, may create sub-surface conditions that make it challenging to place a foundation. We know what indications to look for and how to proceed when those conditions are found to be present.
When you select us to build your vacation home you can expect to receive the same quality of workmanship and materials that we use on homes we build in more conventional urban and suburban residential settings.

Lake James Home on Feick’s Point

Using the advantage of being long time year-round lake home residents, the owners of this very well thought-out home will enjoy a nice mixture of comfort and convenience. One of the owner's primary goals, conveyed to Lynn in the design phase, was to have plenty of space to store boats and lake toys in the off season, while allowing simultaneous use for automobile parking as well. The challenge in this design was to make certain that the oversized garage didn't dominate the street-side appearance. This challenge was nicely met with the strategic use of windows and a dormer. Another advantage offered by the large garage was the relatively inexpensive space available above, to use for additional bedrooms and a media room. With this additional space, the home offers a roomy 3,571 sq. ft. of living area. This 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath beauty is situated on a gourgeous homesite at [...]

Lake Cottage on Clear Lake Built to Honor the Past

Originally, the intention of the owner of the home situated on this site was to expand and update the structure. Having been in the family for many years, the existing cottage had grown tired and was in need of some improvements but was no less loved. After much consideration of the cost and design benefits of a new home compared to the proposed remodel and expansion, it became apparent that,  all things considered, the best option was to reluctantly allow the original home to be demolished and a new home to be built in its place. Working closely with Lynn, the owners requested a design for the new vacation home that was similar to the existing home in many ways. This new cottage includes a walk-out basement and den/4th bedroom, which are additional spaces that were not available in the original home. The home has been designed for universal access [...]

At Home on Bay View Drive at Lake James

With the unique challenges that seem to be commonplace for lakeside building sites this lake home now recently completed on Lake James was designed by Lynn to take advantage of what this site had to offer. The two-story Contemporary Mediterranean provides 3,880 sq. ft. of living area with a two-car / one-boat garage. Accommodating a large amount of guests at the same time was an important consideration and is provided for with the 4 bedrooms in addition to the large bunk room and 3 1/2 baths. The oversized kitchen, dining room and great room provide more than enough space to make entertaining a breeze. A strategically place sun room allows for a nice little lake side get-away.

Snow Lake Island Gem

This marvelous lake home is a great example of a home designed specifically to fit a building site, as designer Christine Ankney from Ney, Ohio accomplished so very well. Using the sloping lot as an advantage, she was able to design a lower level with a recreation room, media area, bar and bedroom with full bath. A garage for a golf cart and lake-toy storage is smartly located on this level as well. With an open design, the main floor offers comfortable spaces to share time with family and friends. The sun room located just off of the great room has its own access to the exterior deck and provides spectacular views of the lake and Pokagon State Park beyond. The master bedroom  is located lake-side as well and is accompanied by a spacious private bath and closet. The upper level bedrooms and baths are accompanied by an home office, [...]

Vacation Home on East Shore of Clear Lake

Narrow building sites - common in lake settings - can be present challenges while designing a new home that complies with setback ordinances, yet delivers the wants and needs an owner may have for their vacation home. This home on Clear Lake is a very good example of how those challenges can be overcome. Boasting over 3,000 sq. ft. of living area, this home provides ample sleeping areas with five over-sized bedrooms. With the capability of accommodating so many guests, bath room facilities are important and this need is met with five full baths. The design includes a large open great room, kitchen and dining area with a unique banquette shown in the featured photos. A secluded second floor family room is available for those times where a more intimate setting is desired. Universal design on the main floor not only makes this home accessible to all but provides an [...]