How Much Does it Cost to Build a New Lake Home?

The cost to build a lake home primarily depends upon the size of the home or square footage, the cost of the waterfront land it sits on and how many custom, top-of-the-line features that are selected. Cost overview The National Association of Home Builders periodically conducts “construction cost surveys” to collect information from builders on […]

The Lake House Look—When You Don’t Live Near Water

Evoke that laid-back, free-flowing waterside vibe—no vacation required. By Vanessa Richetti, MoutainLiving.com. A lazy summer day reclining on the back deck of your mountain home might look a little something like this: snow-capped peaks in the distance, rolling green hills lined with trees waving in the breeze, your dog playing in the yard, and a […]

Four Design Tips For Your Lakefront Home

Living on the lake is very different from living anywhere else. Since living on the lake — even if it is just for a weekend — is different, shouldn’t the houses be different? The most attractive and valuable houses on Lake Martin have one thing in common — they are designed for the lake! What […]

The Sea-Doo Spark Trixx Offers a Plethora of Freestyle Characteristics

Sea-Doo’s budget-priced Spark already sports the playful feel and handling of old-school personal watercraft. The new-for-’17 Spark Trixx attempts to take that fun to the next level with a collection of add-ons designed to further enhance the craft’s freestyle characteristics. By Jeff Hemmel, Boating Magazine. The primary addition is a retooled version of Sea-Doo’s electronic Variable […]

Special Considerations When Designing a Lake Home

By Kelli Wegscheid, AIA Architect and Owner of Harmonious Architecture We’ve all seen it — a new lake home that sticks out like a sore thumb as you drive along the lakeshore. A “city house” awkwardly squished in with the lake cabins. We are accustomed to seeing the small, sometimes run-down (I mean well-loved) lake […]

Is an Inflatable Kayak Right For You?

The most common considerations when choosing an inflatable kayak include the type of kayaking you plan to do (including solo vs. tandem), ease of transportation, and cost. Type of Kayaking Inflatable kayaks are available in a very wide range of designs, from recreational sit-on-top kayaks to performance oriented sit-in kayaks, so the first thing you […]

Building a Lakeside Fire Pit

by diynetwork.com Backyard fire pits are one of the most popular of all landscaping features. They are attractive, functional and provide an outdoor gathering place, especially when placed at a lakeside retreat! Ideally, a fire pit is constructed from fireproof material on a flat, level area at least 25 feet from a house or tree. […]

14 Design Ideas for an Exhilarating Outdoor Shower

By Becky Harris, Houzz Contributer Enhance an open-air shower with amenities and style upgrades from the all-essential towel hook to total landscape integration, an ideal upgrade for your lakefront home. My earliest outdoor shower experiences involved a small wooden surround attached to a simple rental cottage on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In spite of the facts […]

Design Dilemma: Need Lake House Decor Ideas?

How to Update a Lake House With Wood, Views, and Just Enough Accessories By Brian Patrick Flynn, original article Designing a lake house can be tough since it’s supposed to be all about the view. Too much decor can detract from the entire reason the lake house exists anyway — the lake! First up, color […]