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.

Clear Lake Two Story East Shore

Clear Lake resident and architect Gerald McArdle designed this two-story home with lake living in mind. The over-sized mud room, with its own powder room, features moisture resistant materials on the walls and floors to allow for wet and sandy feet access without coming through the main portion of the home. With benches and pegs galore, this room is a great place for wet vests and towels. The laundry room is smartly situated adjacent to the mud room. The garage was specifically sized to allow for on-site boat storage which adds to the convenience built into this lake cottage.

Guest Cottage Transformation on Clear Lake

Needing a space for guests, the owners of this property were interested in using an existing unattached garage as the core of which a guest house could be built around. While preserving the function of the unattached garage, Lynn designed the three bedroom guest house to seamlessly attach to it. To meet lake ordinances, the guest home was attached to the main cottage with a covered exterior walkway. Although this addition was stick built, the extensive use of ship-lap wall coverings and beam work successfully achieved the owners wish that the interior match the feel of the timber framed main cottage.

Plantation Style Cottage on Clear Lake

A touch of the Old South is the feeling one gets while spending time on the expansive lake side porch of this home designed by Len Mysliwiec. An outdoor fireplace offers the opportunity to use the porch on cool summer evenings or autumn days. The functional cupola is another nod to southern living with its remote controlled windows that offer natural cooling on those low humidity days. The home's layout is open but not to the point where privacy cannot be found for guests and the owners alike.

Ranch with Walk-out Basement on Clear Lake

T. K. Ladd, a Ft. Wayne architect, designed this single story cottage with walk-out basement. The home makes efficient use of the building site by providing deck area over the recreation room in  the basement. The large covered porch on the street side of the home offers an exterior area to relax on rainy days. The great room has exposed structural elements that create additional interest in the volume ceiling.

Arts and Crafts Lake Home on Clear Lake

San Diego architect, Tom Bolovan, designed this Arts and Crafts style home located on the "Gold Coast" at Clear Lake. The interior design was done by the owner and there was extensive use of reclaimed heart pine for the flooring and interior stairway balustrade. Natural field stone was used for much of the exterior veneer as well as on the many retaining walls and columns. In addition to the large exterior decks, there is a concrete patio that was built over a lake-toy storage area conveniently located in the lake yard.