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Cool Lakefront House Designs for Summer

July 16, 2018
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There’s something so tranquil and soothing about lakefront homes. Perhaps it’s the peaceful sounds of lake water and nature mixed with woodsy scents just feet away from your own front door. Or maybe it’s the nostalgic memories of sweltering summer days spent by the lake with family and friends without a care in the world. Either way, lakefront dwellings are places of comfort and relaxation that invite you in and make you never want to leave (work who?).

These cozy dwellings may come in many styles ( cabin, casual cottage, country, luxury …you name it!) but they all have one thing in common – large amounts of windows and outdoor spaces to maximize those breathtaking views.

Whether you are looking to build a property that is your primary residence or a vacation home that allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive in and look at some of our favorite lakefront home designs.

This farmhouse oasis (plan 928-310 ) caters to family living and entertaining. A large screened porch (with retractable screens) features ample room for lounging and an outdoor dining space that opens to the kitchen and living areas, making hosting guests a breeze and brings the outside in (and we are all about it).

Large and in charge, this kitchen (pictured above) is loaded with features (just look at all that storage space!). The generously sized kitchen island seats up to twelve and provides plenty of room for entertaining friends and family.

Vaulted ceilings in the living room make the space feel bright and airy, while wood beams evoke cozy touches. An elegant floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace warms the room and allows for relaxed evenings in.

Bunk beds (like the ones in plan 928-310 , pictured above) are a smart option for sleeping multiples in vacation homes (such as a lakefront home). Combining function and fun, bunks are space savers and provide dreamy sleeping quarters for kids and guests alike.

Here is a warm and welcoming retreat where family and friends can relax year-round. Cabin style plan 137-295 (above) reflects the classic charm of lakeside dwellings, inside and out. Beginning with the vast and wide front porch (with a fireplace to boot!), this home was clearly designed with outdoor living in mind.

Taking advantage of every square inch of space, the open layout helps to create a convenient and casual flow throughout the main living areas. The upper floor plan includes a sleeping loft that can be used as extra sleeping quarters for guests, a playroom, office, and the list goes on!

For a timeless design with a compact footprint , look no further than this relaxing and versatile vacation hideaway (plan 47-657 , above). Complete with a balcony that offers great views from the upper-floor master bedroom and a deep deck that sweeps up to the entry for easy outdoor living. Enjoy a contemporary (and open) layout between the kitchen, living (with a cozy fireplace), and dining areas.

Drenching the home with sunlight, large windows provide expansive views and comfortable outdoor living in plan 47-871 (above). Designed to maximize space, a vaulted ceiling in the living room includes full-height windows that overlook the deck and connect the interior and exterior. Additional highlights to this plan include: three beds, two baths, fireplace, sliding glass doors to the deck, and private access to the deck from the master suite.

This design (plan 47-937 ) makes sure you get plentiful amounts of natural light (with an expansive wall of glass overlooking the front deck), while the main living areas flow organically into one another for an easy livability. A triangular snack bar in the kitchen provides space casual meals (or makes a great spot for kids to do homework). With a split bedroom design, homeowners can escape chaos and retreat to their own private master oasis.

Flanked by a generous front porch , a sheltered rear terrace, high gables, oval windows, and screened porch (bye bugs!), this home (plan 928-4 , above) was designed to capture breezes and views.

Packing in five sizable bedrooms, four baths, a loft, two bunks (pictured above), and a flow of living spaces designed for easy entertainment, this dwelling exudes a sense of welcome and comfort. Bright and airy, the kitchen (above) is loaded with features. The open space and generous island (with decorative legs) provide ample opportunities for entertaining friends and families. A wood hood range, farm sink, and shaker style cabinetry lend classic touches.

This house design (plan 928-297 ) is the one you’ve been dreaming of. It exudes comfort, charm, and cozy elegance. Craftsman style architectural elements help create a warm cottage feel on the exterior, while the open, contemporary layout encourages movement and a sense of community throughout the main living areas. With two bedrooms, a bonus space (that includes a bedroom, bunk room, living space, and full bath) this home has plenty of space for hosting.

A wide covered patio and deck (above) add even more livable space to this 2,557 square foot home and promote outdoor fun. Rainy day? Relax on the screened porch and enjoy the afternoon soaking in the calming sounds of nature with a nice glass of tea.

The kitchen (pictured above) is a major highlight of this home, with a long island capped by a pub-height table and chairs. Entertaining never looked so good! Built-in bunk beds (above) were designed with convenience in mind and help maximize space.

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