Is it your dream to build a home next to a lake? If so, you’ve arrived at the correct page! Dream Home Source’s collection of lake house plans (also called "lakefront house plans," "lakeside home plans," or "waterfront house plans") are perfect for vacation retreats or year-round dwellings. Although, please note that some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. Be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area.
Now, if you live next to a lake, it’s probably safe to say you’re working with a great view. That’s why the house plans below typically feature large, or, even, walls of windows through which the surrounding land can be admired. Outdoor living areas are common too. Look for expansive porches, decks, patios and more. Two or three story lake home plans may even feature multiple levels of outdoor living. Take 2 story cabin house plan 118-167, for instance, and note the main level wraparound porch and second level private master balcony.
Lake house plans also often boast natural materials, like stone or cedar on the exterior, to complement the wild environment that’s likely to surround them. They may also be built on stilts, piling or piers to avoid flooding during storm or hurricane season. Speaking of which, if you know you're going to have a lot of rain or snow where you're planning to build, consider selecting a lake home plan with a mudroom, so wet coats and muddy boots can easily be stored.
In terms of architectural styles, technically, a lake house plan could be anything you want. That said, typical styles seen by lakes include a-frame, cabin, and log, simply because these three tend to look extra gorgeous and perfectly at home in a cool wilderness setting.
As you browse the below collection, try to consider all aspects of your life (or, at least, the most important ones)! For example, if you love to cook, select a lake home plan with a big spacious kitchen. Likewise, if you work from home, find a lakefront house plan with an office (or an extra bedroom that can be made into an office).