A lush landscape, waves lapping below, blue skies as far as the eye can see: It sounds like the perfect spot to lean back and leave the world behind. Add to that recipe for relaxation the fact that the entire home consists of drool-worthy vistas. It sounds too good to be true — but it's no lie.
Behold the Lakefront Escape, a home with the creature comforts we all crave and an idyllic setting that people covet. This house from Mike Schapp Builders enlists classic design elements without making a fuss about it. Elements of the sea, shore and woods dot the interior, but it is meant to be a home, where memories are made and cherished.
The main living spaces all flow into each other, here you can sit and admire the view but engage in conversation or read a book. It's bright and light envelops everyone in a natural warmth.
The kitchen is a few steps away, with a large breakfast bar and all the essential tools a cook requires. There is storage aplenty and subtle lighting that will not jar the mood.
Dining, no matter the fare, is an event to relish because one feels embraced by the beautiful surroundings. It's one thing to visit nature, but here the home is a part of it.
If the eyes need a break from the beauty outside, redirect the gathering to the fireplace area. The earthy simplicity of the wood beams and floors accentuates the craftsmanship of the built-ins and fireplace. It's a pleasure to settle in for the night.
While the house's peaks add elegance to the home's profile, the bedroom gains space and airiness, and room to fit the fan. In the morning, the view is there to greet you.
The indoors-outdoors experience is a breeze here — no steps to stumble over or porch posts to obscure the scenic vista. And the window door? A brilliant concept to enlarge the space and keep an eye on family and guests.
We need water to live — but this house reminds us of how it is essential in other ways. Think of all those childhood trips to the shore, gentle rainstorms, and playing in the sprinklers. And now think about all the people you spent those good times with. That is the power of a wondrous home.
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