It had to be about the views. This family, whose wooded weekend cottage on Maryland’s Gibson Island we had renovated, jumped at the chance to purchase a new property that sat high above a fresh-water lake. The aging house didn’t take proper advantage of its lakefront views, however, and because it hadn’t been well maintained, they decided to build new.
Every room is designed with a connection to the outdoors. Visitors facing the home are greeted with and old-fashioned front porch with a swing and rockers. The dining room opens onto the porch as well, providing the owners with additional entertaining space for dinner guests. The cheerful kitchen looks the other way, opening out to an expansive rear deck, outdoor kitchen and screened porch that perches on the hillside overlooking the lake.
We indulged our clients’ love of classic cottage styling with a board-and-batten exterior under a shingled roof. Inside, simple moldings and a vaulted beadboard ceiling in the living room continue the conversation. We also incorporated half walls around the kitchen and dining room, and between the bedroom and sitting area of the master suite. The owners had spotted this design element in magazines, and it lends itself beautifully to the cottage feel.
Despite its modest façade, this lakeside getaway packs ample space for the owners, their three teenaged sons, extended family, and friends. Because it’s on a hillside, it opens dramatically at the rear, offering sweeping lake views on every level. We tucked five bedrooms under the second-floor eaves for the boys and two sets of guests, plus an extra guest room on the lower level, which also includes an office and game room. The owners are treated to the best views however, with their own balcony off the master suite on the main floor.