Gordon James

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Designing Your Dream Lake Home

Is it your dream to build a home next to a lake? In Minnesota, a lake home will help you get the most out of the summer months. While the process of designing a lake home is demanding and challenging, it’s the first step in turning your dream into a reality. Read our blog for some inspiration to start dreaming up your lake home:


Integrate the Indoors and the Outdoors

Homes with luxurious patios, decks, and screened-in porches are common in lakeside homes and help bring the outdoors in. Design a breezy deck with railed balconies for views of the lake and surrounding landscape. Make your patio or deck a destination by defining different activity zones within the space. Carve out different spaces for amenities including; a stainless steel grill, pizza oven, and lounge seating.


Enhance the Views

Your lake home gives you the opportunity to connect with nature and the outdoors, so making the most of the breathtaking lake view is important. There is nothing quite as beautiful as water, and a lake home should have expansive windows so you can enjoy the view. Having an open floor plan with lots of windows in your lake home makes it easier to feel at one with nature by maximizing the view of the lake. By adding ceiling vaults, the different areas of the home are defined without compromising the floor plan’s smooth flow.


Enjoy the Water 

Why build your dream lake home if you can’t enjoy the water? Do you want a natural shoreline, long dock, or retaining wall? Does your family swim or boat frequently? Consider your family’s lifestyle and what sort of beach access you all want. Add a patio or gazebo adjacent to your lake access, connected to a path with flowers to enjoy the water even when you’re not in, or on it. It’ll be the perfect space to celebrate with your family or friends or lounge during lazy summer Sundays.


Designing Your Dream Lake Home with Gordon James

Building and designing your dream lake home is not an average design or construction process. Consulting with a reputable builder with experience building waterfront custom homes should always be your first step. An experienced builder has the ability to guide you through the myriad of steps involved in building your dream lake home.

Gordon James has years of experience building luxury homes on waterfront property on Lake Minnetonka and surrounding areas. Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to start designing and planning your dream lake home. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.