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Design Considerations for Lake Cabins

Here are a few things to keep in mind when scheming up your waterfront dream:

Written by David Woods
 Photo by Zac Gudakov / Unsplash


Designing a lakeside cabin of one's own is a dream for many people who are looking for a place to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. From watching glorious sunsets on the porch to endless fun for kids or grandchildren, lakefront living offers something for everyone. If you are thinking about building your own lake cabin, take these top tips into consideration.


Site Considerations

It’s important to find the piece of land you'll be building on before committing to a cabin design. Knowing your site's topography allows you to design the cabin to make the most of the property's unique features. 

For a lake plot, you will want to ensure you have easy access to the lake, but you will also need to access your home by car from any nearby roads. Keep all of this in mind when thinking about the orientation of the home. 

Both single- and two-story cabins make great choices for your lakefront cabin. If you are limited on space you might want to consider two floors, the extra bit of elevation will also afford you better views.


Make the Most of the Views

One of the most alluring appeals of life by the lake is the peaceful view it provides. You will want to make the most of this view when you design rooms, windows and outdoor entertaining areas.

Try to place any rooms that you will spend significant time in on the side of the property with the best views. These rooms include the great room or the main living space and the master bedroom. But enthusiastic home chefs may want a kitchen with a view. Choose large expanses of glass for an unobstructed view of the lake. Learn more about windows here 

Likewise, any outdoor entertaining areas should overlook the lake so you can sit and relax, watch the sunrise or read a book which enjoying the view.


Somewhere to Store Your Toys

Another obvious reason to live by the lake is the ample amount of recreational activities. Living next to a lake can provide year-round activities, which become a way of life for many families. From fishing and kayaking in the summer, to skiing and ice fishing in the winter. If you live next to a lake, you will likely have a lot of equipment to store. Make sure you build a garage or storeroom that is easily accessible from the lake front so you can enjoy plenty of lake fun!



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