Lakefront houses equal instant outdoor entertainment and often come with expansive, tranquil views.
Coming from a part of the globe that has been stuck in an ongoing wintry lassitude, these lake houses seem like warm, sunny escapes from blistery winds and monotonous dreariness.
This concept design for a vacation house was formed with the relaxed outside lifestyle in mind and the client’s desire to experience the surrounding wildlife, even while indoors.
From designer Robert Bailey, the use of natural materials throughout highlights the waterfront environment.
Oak and stone help to create a balance of organic and modern. Gorgeous chunks of exposed woods are incorporated into the design with ceilings, floors, furniture and accent pieces, like the bedroom bench.
The kitchen is rustic, but at the same time blends in a bit of contemporary.
A grass covered path leads to the backyard, the lake and the views.
Though the home is tightly pulled together, the open design allows a sense of free flowing character.
The 2 story lakefront is partially underground, forming a grassed terrace and quite an original landscape.
The structural ledges help shade the inside and the floor to ceiling wood screens slide shut for privacy, or can remain open to reveal the beautiful surroundings.
The natural slope of the land was incorporated to form the unusual layout. The structure is well insulated and has a high thermal mass.
The home surfaces into the interesting grass covered terrace that is perfect for entertaining but is also designed to increase efficiency.
There are guesthouses on the wooded property, plus an indoor recreation area and boathouse.
The green roof system helps keep the inside temperature comfortable and also helps to process water runoff.
Above images are via Gluck+.
These homes look peaceful and inviting, but the views of the water and woods win the prize.
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