Choosing the Right Roofing Material For Your Northern Michigan Custom Home - featured image

When building a custom home in Northern Michigan, you’re faced with selecting from many roofing options. Style matters but so does selecting the right roofing materials that will protect your investment.

Beyond materials alone, the proper usage of the material along with appropriate design is critical. We always discuss with our clients the different options in both design and materials so that you can rest easy knowing you made the right choice.

Our climate presents challenges and selecting materials that can hold up to and protect your home from harsh winters, heat, direct sunlight, and moisture is an important decision. Luckily there are many options for a roof that is both attractive and protective.

Roofing Materials for Northern Michigan

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular choice due to lower initial cost and are available in a wide array of colors. Asphalt shingles are versatile and work well with complicated rooflines. In the extreme weather conditions that Northern Michigan poses, the average lifespan of asphalt shingles is 15-20 years.  Some manufacturers offer premium grades that can extend the lifespan.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs not only come in a variety of colors, but also a variety of appearances. Metal roofs often look like other materials. While standing ridge roofs are common, you can also choose from shake, shingles, slate, or even classic Mediterranean tile.

Metal roofs are a popular choice in Northern Michigan. They tend to be better at shedding snow, leaves, and pine needles than traditional asphalt or fiberglass shingles.

Metal roofs are actually lighter in weight than many other materials. This means there is less total weight on your roofing trusses. This is beneficial considering Northern Michigan’s snowfall. Of course, all of our homes are built to withstand heavy snow loads. Snow shields help prevent large sections of snow from falling like an avalanche and are strategically placed to protect walkways and doorways.

Metal roofs are also energy efficient and can help reduce heating and cooling costs. Another big plus in Northern Michigan!

Metal roofs do have a few downsides. They can be noisier in rainstorms although insulation helps make this less noticeable. While their initial cost is higher, the long-term or total cost of ownership is often lower than other roofing choices.

Slate or Concrete Tile Roofing

Slate and concrete tile makes for a gorgeous roof but, is considerably heavier than metal or asphalt shingle roofing. This means that the extra reinforcement is necessary to accommodate the added weight of our Northern Michigan snowfalls. Durability is excellent but costs tend to run higher than other choices.

Roof Care and Maintenance

No matter what material you choose, all roofs need care and maintenance. Cleaning gutters, removing any tree branches or debris, and inspecting flashing should be done annually to prevent problems.

Factors that affect roofing material choices and longevity include:

  • Roof pitch; steeper pitches tend to shed rain, snow and debris better prolonging the lifespan of the roofing material. Complicated pitches and gables can add to material and labor costs as well.
  • Surrounding environmental factors like the amount of direct sunlight or shade, nearby trees that can shed leaves or pine needles or other debris. Mold, moss, and algae can affect the integrity of your roof as well.
  • A well-designed roof includes proper insulation and ventilation so that icicles and ice dams are mitigated.

Lakeshore Custom Homes will consult with you and help you make an educated decision. We can guide you through the multitude of choices and help you choose the best options based on your home design, site selection, budget, as well as local factors.  We are committed to providing the best quality construction so you can enjoy your custom home.

Things to Consider Before Building A Lake House - featured image

Building a Lake House

Building a lake house is a dream for many. Living in a lakefront home is an idyllic experience regardless if it’s a summer getaway or a year-round lake house.

Northern Michigan is the premier destination for vacationers, retirees, or anyone wanting to live in the beauty of nature that only life “up north” can offer. It is often said that “You are never farther than five miles from any body of water” and it’s true! Northern Michigan is full of lakes, rivers and ponds. With its natural beauty and huge variety of year-round activities, Northern Michigan is the perfect place to build your lake house.

But without proper planning and guidance, the dream could easily become your worst nightmare. Before you begin construction, you should be aware of all the important details that go into building a custom home on waterfront property, especially in the Traverse City and Northern Michigan region.

Most likely your dream home is firmly planted in your mind’s eye, from the amazing designer chef’s kitchen to a luxurious master bathroom with dual walk in showers and soaking tub with skylight and panoramic sunset views from the private deck off an elegant master bedroom.

You’ve got the perfect Northern Michigan lake house in mind, now it’s time to get the ball rolling.

Building a lake house is not your average construction process. Consulting a reputable builder with an extensive knowledge of waterfront custom homes should be your first step.  A knowledgeable builder will have the ability to educate and guide you through the myriad of steps involved in building your lakefront home.

Lakeshore Custom Homes has years of experience building luxury homes on waterfront property in the Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Benzie region of Northern Michigan.  We can offer you unique insight to waterfront building in the region that few builders can.

Lakeshore Custom Homes can offer valuable expertise and guidance on:

  • Site selection. Will the property accommodate your design and house orientation?
  • Zoning restrictions. Waterfront zoning restrictions vary widely and can be confusing.
  • Are you aware of seasonal and historic water levels?
  • Do you need an Elevation Certificate?
  • How deep is the water table? Will it affect having a basement or crawlspace?
  • Does your property contain any wetlands?
  • Are you located in a flood zone? Will you need flood insurance?
  • Does the soil drain easily? Will you need special foundations or septic systems?
  • What type of landscaping will you need to manage erosion?
  • Will you need erosion control for your beach?
  • Special considerations for docks.
  • What are the prevailing wind conditions like? How will they affect your enjoyment of your property?
  • Design consideration for privacy and noise control. Some lakes can be rather busy and noisy. We can assist in choosing the right windows and window treatments, insulation, landscaping, and other design features that less experienced builders might miss.
  • Sand Dunes require special consideration too. Critical Dunes are protected and need special care when building on or near them.
  • Roofing, siding and windows need to be appropriate for the unique challenges that Northern Michigan and lakefront weather presents.

All these items require special care and consideration in order to ensure that the process of building your dream home will be as smooth and painless as possible. Well planned design and construction can reduce your long-term cost of ownership and lower maintenance costs too.

The good news is that Lakeshore Custom Homes has years of experience building lake houses and we can guide you through the planning and construction process to help you avoid unexpected problems and get home you really want.

Good communication is the key to a great home building experience.

We take great pride in providing excellent communication with our clients.   Building a home requires a great working relationship with your building team. There will likely be a few bumps in the road and effective communication will make traveling the route from start to finish as smooth as possible.

Are you ready to make your lake house dream a reality? Contact us today to make an appointment to discuss your home building plans. We look forward to building a lake home just for you!

Rustic Elegance – New Custom Home in Traverse City - featured image

The homeowners weren’t aware of the term “Parkitecture.” It’s a unique term used to describe homes that have been designed and built patterned after National Parks. “Parkitecture” homes are true to the manner of the environment, using materials that are rustic and natural, with interiors that utilize an abundance of natural timbers. This seems to be the perfect description of this three-story home built two miles west of Traverse City on the highest, most densely tree-covered hilltop, also known as Radio Hill. “From the top floor looking out, the trees are so close you feel as if you are in them,” share the homeowners.

The home, which appears smaller than it actually is, integrates linear elegance, rustic flavor and European flair. The homeowner shares, “Most people come in and are surprised at how the space, totaling 5,000 square feet, is used.”

Builder Chris Mason, of Lakeshore Custom Homes, describes the home as “rustic elegance.” Copper gutters, a custom-domed entry door, and log railings accented with iron detailing, showcase the exterior elegance.

Attention to Details

After extensive travels in Europe and developing a fondness for the architectural interest of domed entrance doors, it became a must for this country dream home.

The homeowner and his father built the door which layers top and bottom Douglas fir over ¾-inch plywood. A heavy-duty door jamb was built to match. The rivets were purchased from a hardware store in Austria.

The challenge of this spectacular site, with its five acres of pines and hardwoods, was the driveway and maintaining as many as trees as possible. The drive takes a 90-degree turn at the bottom of the hill. To make the drive safe and user-friendly during the winter months when it is covered with ice and snow, a two track was added as a safety measure at the curve to prevent any slide-offs.

The owners give Mason credit as a master builder and master craftsman. They boast the fact he is on the building site every day, and adapts easily to making the unexpected changes that were required in using unique building materials. For example, there were no specs for the rough sawn cedar timbers and beams. The homeowners described what they wanted and Mason was able to create, to a tee, what they described.

Because the lower level ash timbers didn’t have the manufacturer’s prefabricated stamp required by law to meet building requirements, the building inspector wouldn’t give his approval. An engineer’s approval was needed for them to pass inspection. “He told us the timbers would hold up three houses the same size,” shares the homeowner.

The respect for nature is also displayed in the home’s wood floor, which is constructed of simple-styled maple boards hand nailed with exposed square head nails, along with its pine and cedar walls, and ceilings.

According to Mason, the finished product has an element of surprise and a grand flourish of style. “I have built rustic homes and elegant homes, but this is the first to combine elements of both styles. I have to say, it worked amazingly well.

 

Contemporary Home on a Lake Michigan Critical Dune - featured image

Featured in the Spring, 2018 issue of Michigan Home and Lifestyle magazine.

Northern Michigan is home to some of the most spectacular coastlines. It’s easy to understand why so many people choose to live here. Sand dunes are one of the natural features that attract many to the area – there’s nothing that quite compares to the view of Lake Michigan from atop a dune.

What is a Critical Dune?

In 1989, the State of Michigan deemed the state’s dunes to be “unique and irreplaceable” and passed a law regulating development activities in a relatively small portion of the dune system regarded to be the most environmentally sensitive. These dunes are designated as “critical dunes”.

Located on a Lake Michigan critical dune near Frankfort, MI, this 1970s era home spoke to the homeowners when they first saw it. Though the home didn’t fit their needs perfectly when they purchased it, they saw potential for all that the home could be.

They contacted Chris Mason of Lakeshore Custom Homes about their overall desire for the home, both short-and long-term and a plan was set in place. Minor renovations were made to the home immediately to make it more comfortable while the long-term renovation and expansion plans were drawn up.

“Our focus with any renovation is making the additions, or our contribution to the home, look like it was part of the home all along,” said Mason. And that is what they did.

The original 2,728 square-foot-home had four bedrooms and three bathrooms, in addition to the living, dining, and kitchen spaces. The plans would make this home larger and more comfortable while ensuring that the design integrity remained intact and the dunes were not disturbed.

Designed to Preserve

While Mason said that the project went smoothly overall, the biggest challenge was working around the critical dune. The state of Michigan has a large number of natural areas and resources, many of which are protected by the government to help preserve the state’s unique natural ecosystems. Critical dunes are an example of one of those natural areas. There are many critical dunes located along Michigan’s lakeshores, and because this home is positioned on top of one, Mason had to go through the government’s regulations to make the changes that he and the homeowners had in mind.

“You can’t tell now from the outside, but between the main house and the addition, there’s a connector piece where a critical dune runs underneath,” Mason said.

Once they had determined the best approach to working with the dunes, the construction of the new portion of the home became the focus. The garage was torn down to the foundation and rebuilt, extending it from the street where it originally sat, all the way to the existing home. This reconstruction included a new two car garage with living area above, taking the overall size of the home to 4,387-square-feet.

Updates and Upgrades

Not only does the new space hold an upgraded master suite and bunkroom, it also contains a kitchenette with library ladder, and additional dining and living space. Every effort was made to insure this portion of the home would be comfortable. In-floor radiant heat and extra close-cell foam insulation in the walls insure the space is extra cozy.

Attention was paid to every detail of this entire project, with custom built-ins throughout the home including features such as the lockers in the mudroom, entry shelving, and the bunkbeds in the bunkroom.

In the main part of the home, the kitchen, dining, and living spaces were opened up to create the homeowners dream kitchen and open living area. The kitchen includes features such as a custom hood vent, quartz countertops, white oak doors and beams, a built-in butler’s pantry replete with barn door, and a Thermadoor range.

The existing stone fireplace was a focal point on its own and when walls were removed, the decision was made to modify it so that one side burns wood and one side contains a gas fireplace. This stunning feature of the home is really a standout now, giving it the attention it deserves.

Tongue and groove cedar siding was added to the exterior and the entrance doors are custom handmade white oak, measuring 2 ½” thick (compared to the normal door width of ¾”). Ironwood was used for the decking with cable railing to finish it.

The home is a beautiful cohesive blending of the old and new portions of the structure. The large glass windows give the homeowners a panoramic, hilltop view of Lake Michigan and the space is bright and airy.

Of the whole project, Mason says “Through this entire process, we became very good friends with these homeowners, and we want them to love their new home. I’m in this business because I enjoy the long-term relationships I build with my clients. Making people happy is what it’s all about.”

Read the Critical Dunes Area Program guide from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) for more information about critical dunes.

 

Lakeshore Custom Homes can help you plan and design your dream home. Contact us to set up a design consultation. If you can dream it, we can build it. Let us turn your dream into reality!

What Does a Custom Home Builder Do? - featured image

Lakeshore Custom Homes is one of the Traverse City and Northern Michigan area’s most experienced custom home builders. But what exactly do we do?

Custom Home Builders Assist and Guide the Homeowner Through the Numerous Details That Go Into the Home Building Process

From helping you choose an appropriate building lot, answering questions and guiding you through the many options in materials, fixtures, finishes, and the vast number of other possibilities in creating your home. Our goal is help guide you to the right decisions and to build your dream home on time and according to your budget.

A Custom Home Builder Manages All Aspects of Building a New Home.

Much like a conductor of a symphony, the builder coordinates and guides the efforts of everyone involved in the construction process. This includes the builder’s full-time employees as well as any sub-contractors.

Lakeshore Custom Homes will normally be responsible for obtaining all permits, and working with building inspectors and any other governing authorities, and the designer or architect. We are also responsible for managing inspections and approvals and ultimately obtaining your occupancy permit. As materials are delivered to the work site, they are inspected before they are used.

A builder must be aware of how the Michigan Residential Building Code varies from county to county as well as by township.  Lakeshore Custom Homes is experienced working with officials from Benzie, Leelanau, and Grand Traverse Counties to obtain all the necessary permits and inspections.

Managing Finances

Another very important task is to manage the finances of the building project. This typically means preparing the contract with the home owner, providing lien waivers, tracking costs, submitting pay requests for completed work to your bank, and making any necessary adjustments for any owner requested change orders to the contract. We are also experienced working with most major lenders and can assist you with obtaining a construction loan.

Throughout the entire process, we emphasize communication and planning. This avoids costly delays and makes certain that we complete your home on time and on budget.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about Lakeshore Custom Homes.

Lakeshore Custom Homes can help you plan and design your dream home.

Contact us to set up a design consultation. If you can dream it, we can build it. Let us turn your dream into reality!

8 Northern Michigan Waterfront Home Must Haves - featured image

Northern Michigan is known for its scenic rivers, beautiful lakes and pristine beaches. Places like Glen Arbor and Glen Lake, Empire, Sutton’s Bay, Leland, Frankfort, Traverse City, Crystal Lake, and the Old Mission Peninsula, have become destinations for those looking for the ultimate waterfront home lifestyle.

Some people look to this area for the peace and serenity that water can provide, while others are eager for the recreational opportunities that abound on both water and land.

Here are a few ideas that can enhance your waterfront living experience to your new home or a home remodeling project.

Picture Windows

No better way to bring the outdoors to the indoors and enjoy the scenery.

Decks and Patios

Enjoy the outdoors with the comforts of home close by.

Fire Pits

A campfire on the beach is fun but sometimes relaxing around a fire in your own backyard is more relaxing. Consider a gas firepit as an option for easy cleanup and never having to worry about wet firewood.

Outdoor Kitchens

From a simple grill to a full feature outdoor kitchen, nothing compares to an outdoor cookout or backyard BBQ.

Walkways to the Water

Take your time and make your path to the water’s edge a bit more relaxed. Winding pathways can also help control erosion. Maybe even add a bench along the way to take a break and relax. Don’t forget light-scaping the path for enhancing the mood and for easy navigation at night.

Docks

An essential even if you’re a landlubber. Today there are many options for dock materials and designs. Non-slip surfaces, motorized boat lifts, canopies, hammocks, slides, lighting, the options are endless. You might never come back inside!

Private Garden

Create your own sanctuary. Relax in the tranquility of a space landscaped with your favorite shrubs, bushes, flowers and trees. A fountain or water feature can be a nice touch too! Add a few benches, a pergola or a gazebo and this can become a quiet gathering space.

Sauna

Winter is reason to stay indoors when Northern Michigan has so many places to ski, snowshoe, or hike. A cozy sauna is a great way to warm up after an invigorating day on the trails.

 

Lakeshore Custom Homes can help you plan and design your dream home. Contact us to set up a design consultation. If you can dream it, we can build it. Let us turn your dream into reality!

Must Have Design Features for Your Northern Michigan Custom Home - featured image

(Updated 10/26/2020)

Planning and designing your new home should include features and details that will make your home more livable as well as an extension of your personal style. The planning stage is the perfect time to make sure that your new home has all the features that you truly desire. Here are a few ideas to ponder as you draw up your wish list.

Entryways

Living in Northern Michigan means four season weather conditions. You’ll want your dream home to be accommodating regardless of the season. If you plan to live year-round in Northern Michigan, you may wish to consider an attached garage with a breezeway or an entrance that leads into a mud room This is convenient for hanging damp clothes, and to shed wet or muddy shoes before tracking in a mess to the rest of the home.

Storm doors with a screen option allows for summer breezes to flow through your home while offering protection in harsher weather. And of course, having a closet or coat room nearby is very convenient to accommodate your seasonal wardrobe changes.

Open Floor Plans

Nothing beats an open floor plan for adding the feel of spaciousness no matter the size of the home. Popular designs include large windows to let in light and to appreciate the beauty of your setting. Often this area becomes the central feature of the home and sets the stage for the rest of your design ideas.

Lighting

Lighting is often overlooked and adding the required wiring and fixtures later can be a nuisance. Home owners in Northern Michigan need to consider how seasonal changes in natural and ambient lighting will affect each room and plan accordingly. Be sure to consider how trees and landscaping can change the amount of available light with the change of seasons. Sometimes flipping the blueprint or changing the orientation of the house on the land can make a significant impact.

Laundry Rooms

No one ever complained about having too big of a laundry room. With all the outdoor recreation opportunities that our area has, you’ll likely find need to accommodate extra laundry as well as storage for the extra gear and clothing.

Closets

Like laundry, extra space for storing your wardrobe is super desirable. Walk-in closets are great as they can be designed to arrange easier access and provide better lighting making for a much more functional space. Consider finishing the interior with genuine cedar. Cedar naturally repels moths and other insects, it is low maintenance, and provides a natural fresh scent!

Pantries

Sometimes living in Northern Michigan means that your closest grocery store might not be so convenient. Having extra room to store staples can make country living more enjoyable. Walk-in pantries also give you more space to store kitchen gadgets that might otherwise take up up counter space.

Wine Rooms and Wine Closets

Whether you prefer one of the Grand Traverse region’s wineries of perhaps something from another part of the world, climate controlled wine storage is highly desirable. Besides protecting your investment, a well-designed wine room can be a beautiful accent to your home.

Bars

There’s something special about a home bar. Perhaps you entertain frequently, and a bar makes a great place to congregate or maybe you’ve always wanted a place where everybody knows your name. With Northern Michigan being home to so many great breweries, a built-in tap system is a perfect way to enjoy the local flavor.

Home Theater or Audio Room

Are you a film buff or an audiophile? If so, then a dedicated home theater or audio room should be in your plans. Special design considerations such as dimensions, wall construction, insulation, floor and ceiling materials, wiring, lighting, seating, and other details make for an environment that is ideal to relax and enjoy your favorite film or musical recording.

Home Office

Northern Michigan is a popular choice for those who can work remotely.  Consider having additional electric outlets, and a dedicated Internet router or network cable. Lighting is critical for reducing eye-strain so consider both windows and lighting fixtures in your plans.

Luxury Garages

Why build a dream home and then have an ordinary garage? Luxury garages are one of the hottest trends these days. Well-lit with fully finished walls and ceilings, epoxy floors, plenty of storage, extra electrical outlets, and extra room for all your toys and maybe even a convertible for cruising down M22. With creature comforts like this, your garage becomes a natural extension of your home. Heating and cooling, televisions, sound systems, wet bars, and bathrooms round out often asked for features when designing your perfect garage.

Secret Rooms

Maybe you want to have a private space for a home office, a humidor, or perhaps a safe room? Either way, a secret room can be a unique addition to your home

 

COVID-19 Home Building Trends

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed more focus on the home and amenities that can help make your time at home even more enjoyable.

With movie goers being deterred from attending theaters along with theater closures, many new film releases are now being streamed.  Subsequently, larger, more luxurious home theater rooms are in demand.

The same is true for home fitness rooms as traditional gyms and fitness clubs face restrictions.  The upside is that a home gym can save you travel time as well as time saved not waiting for a machine to become available.  Plus a home gym also no longer means working out alone or being isolated. Streaming fitness services like Peloton are popular. Planet Fitness is even streaming “Home Work-Ins” and dozens of other services are available including yoga, dance, and strength classes.

Working from home is now mainstream and upgrading your Internet and home networking is vital. You may wish to add network cables through the home to facilitate additional WIFI routers. These can easily be added to new construction and will reduce clutter. More and more, Smart Home features are in demand.

There has been a shift toward more open patio or deck areas to enjoy the outdoors that Northern Michigan has to offer as well.

With less time dining out, the kitchens, pantries, and dining areas have more focus. Larger panties, more spacious kitchens that make it easier for more cooks in the kitchen, and dining spaces that are more open and flexible.

Touchless bath and kitchen fixtures are more popular as well and more styles and options are available than ever before.

With more family members home at the same time, privacy is more valued, and bedrooms and dens can offer a needed quiet space or retreat. Simple additions like additional furniture like a recliner and reading light, can add a more comfortable touch to these spaces.

Lakeshore Custom Homes can help you plan and design your dream home. Contact us to set up a design consultation. If you can dream it, we can build it. Let us turn your dream into reality!

Delightful Open Kitchen Shelving Ideas - featured image

Open shelving in kitchens, most often stirs up one of two reactions: You either like or dislike them. We think that the open shelving we did for the owners of a Lake Michigan home turned out quite extraordinary. We can’t take all the credit however, as the homeowner beautifully organized the shelves. The result is visually appealing as you can see. The combination of warm white cabinets and shelves with natural wood counter tops give the kitchen an organic, cottage-like feel. The entire space exudes warmth and hospitality.

The reasons to like open-shelving is apparent. Open shelves provide an opportunity for one to display dishes and collectibles. They are a great design element that can make a room look and feel bigger. Some may say that open shelves tend to give a European flair to the room. They can be functional by eliminating the need to open and close doors as everything is clearly within sight and reach. People who like open shelves may find the necessity of keeping them tidy as an incentive rather than a deterrent. People who do not like the idea of open shelves normally loathe the idea, feeling that the necessity to keep them organized and clean is the source of their disdain. The visual effect of open shelves may also be seen as clutter rather than art to them. There are many open kitchen shelving ideas out their, you might just like it.

What side of the open kitchen shelving debate do you fall on?

Lakeshore Custom Homes is all about improving your quality of life. We genuinely care about people and our community. We have integrity. We specialize in building quality custom homes and home remodeling projects. If you are looking for a reputable custom home builder, please contact me at Lakeshore Custom Homes (231) 642-0724.

Winter’s Pleasures - featured image

As a custom home builder for Northern Michigan, Lakeshore Custom Homes clients often embrace cottage style and lake living. Our minds often relish in the visions of summer and beach activities. With winter just around the corner, we would like to offer a different perspective, one that includes soft fluffy snow, crystal ice-topped lakes, warm companionship, and winter recreational activities.

Traverse City and its surrounding communities have so much to offer the outdoor enthusiast during the winter months. Consider snowmobiling, skiing/snowboarding, cross-country skiing, tubing, tobogganing, and snowshoeing. Traverse City True North is a wonderful resource and great place to start when making your outdoor recreational plans. You can even download a mobile app called Experience 231 that offers locals access to over 300 year-round outdoor activities.

Winter is also a time to savor the comforts of home. Home is where family and friends can gather around the warmth of a fire, snuggle up in blankets, and sip on warm drinks. Home is where the candles are lit. It may be time to dust off your favorite boards games, or learn a new game perhaps cribbage, backgammon, or chess. Its fun to play the oldies but goodies like checkers, Monopoly, and Life. During the summer months you may not make reading a priority. Winter is a good time to visit our local Traverse City District Library or bookstores. We have a great selection of bookstores to choose from such as Horizon Books, Brilliant Books, and The Bookie Joint which is the city’s premier used book store. Why not indulge in a new book, something fictional just for fun, or non-fictional for personal growth?

Get into the kitchen to try out new recipes. Did you know that Oryana, Fustini’s and Northwestern Michigan College offer cooking classes? Why not take a class, then put on a new apron and utilize your own home kitchen creating a fabulous new dinner for your family and friends during the holidays.

Whatever activity fills your senses ~ do that!

Lakeshore Custom Homes is all about improving your quality of life. We genuinely care about people and our community. We have integrity. We specialize in building quality custom homes and home remodeling projects.

If you are looking for a reputable builder, please contact me at Lakeshore Custom Homes (231) 642-0724.

Cottage Style Eye Candy - featured image

Being part of the Glen Lake Cottage renovation has truly been a fulfilling experience for me as a contractor. Having the opportunity to renovate a home filled with memories dating back to 1927 brings a smile to my face.

The Glen Lake Cottage project was the epitome of preserving the vintage, while infusing the modern. It was a project where I was able to combine all of my trade skills from building, remodeling, to finish carpentry.

What started out as a summertime vacation spot for guests of the Glen Eden Resort in 1927 soon became a summertime sanctuary for White-Schilling family in 1940. The dwelling boasted of components that many would consider of a cottage lover’s dream.

Beadboard CabinetsA primary endeavor I was given working on this home was to preserve and refresh the existing beadboard cabinets, replicate them, adding additional beadboard cabinets in the same room. Attention to detail was of utmost importance as the room needed to look uniform.   This required excellent finish carpentry skills.

Beadboard cabinets have a history in and of themselves. Beadboard originated as an inexpensive millwork sheathing that was made from scraps commonly used in seasonal homes, beach houses and cottages dating back from the 1800’s.   The ridges between the planks are known as “beads”, thus the name beadboard was derived. The rustic elegance that beadboard provides today, still makes many swoon. It’s one of those building materials that just never goes out of style.

Overall, the completed project would be described by many as being “cottage eye candy”. The beadboard work was just one aspect of the overall transformation that took place at Glen Lake. As a team, we literally raised the roof, with over the top, artful combinations of vintage and modern elements.

If you are interested installing the beauty of beadboard or creating a vintage, modern milieu in your home or cottage, please contact us at Lakeshore Custom Homes by calling today (231) 642-0724.

Sincerely,

Chris Mason