This is a very special post for me because growing up I was fortunate in that my parents purchased a small lot on a nearby lake where we spent summers. While it wasn’t on the lake and while our home wasn’t a villa, it was close enough to the water that we spent weeks every summer in the water and boating.
For hundreds of years, people longed to live on lakes evidenced by many of the older villas and palaces featured in the second part of this gallery of lake houses.
Moreover, there is no typical lake house design or architecture. You can find beautiful lake homes in all styles including modern, craftsman, log, brick, castle and more.
The demand and willingness to pay a premium for waterfront property is so great that some communities create large man-made lakes to create waterfront lots. This gallery includes examples of this “suburban” lake home as well.
Typically in the West, we think of lake homes as vacation cabins often built of wood, but the fact is lakes are all over the world, including tropical countries where beautiful homes are built on lakes as well… this gallery also features tropical lake homes.
One interesting design feature of a lake home is the boat garage, which is depicted in 2 of our pictures. Boating is a popular lake activity, especially water skiing enthusiasts.
Jon Dykstra owns an interior design company in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He's fascinated by architecture and interiors. He also enjoys gardening at his "house in the burbs" and "homesteading" at his off-the-grid boat-access cabin.
Combine all that with a love of writing and Homestratsophere.com was born. He balances his working time between running his interior design company, working on his off-the-grid cabin and publishing homestratosphere.com.