Beach Home Design/Build

A Cottage Home is your custom home designed to your lifestyle. Our goal is to provide you with an outstanding design/build experience. We work closely with those who are interested in quality, uniqueness, and an opportunity to live in great design. Our reputation has grown on our ability to design and build a home that mirrors your lifestyle, without compromise.

Cottage Home

Custom Homes Designed to Your Lifestyle


1. You Purchase Your Cottage Home Property

We often design and build houses on clients’ existing property, while others opt to purchase a home site in one of our select Cottage Home communities. And, if you are envisioning your new lake house, but just don’t have the location quite figured out yet, not to worry. We have a researched database of 2,250 lakefront properties in our area, coving 90 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline; most of which Brian has personally walked, driven, flown over and even paddled. We’re also continually aware of new opportunities, so if you’re interested in a new lake home, but aren’t sure where to start looking, give us a call. Chances are, we’ll know just the property for you.

2. We Learn About Your Lifestyle and Your Dream Home

Brian will spend time with you, at a convenient place, discussing your current and future home needs. He’ll understand your space requirements, privacy needs, lifestyle and hobbies and if applicable, the children’s or grandchildren’s needs.

3. Commitment and Opportunity

Cottage Home limits the number of homes we build to no more than ten per year, and we typically build only homes we design. Some of the more challenging lakefront sites may take 6-12 months to achieve all the approvals and permits. That is why it is important that we team up with clients who are as committed and focused as ourselves.

Our “Professional Service Agreement” is the first step in hiring Cottage Home to make your dreams a reality. The “Start Date Agreement” reserves your home construction start day, but more importantly, it schedules the completion date, when you’ll begin to enjoy your lakefront dream.


4. Building Your Custom Home on Paper – Detailed Construction Documentation is the Key

After your dream home is captured in sketches, Cottage Home Architectural Draftsperson, Construction Manager and Client Liaison develop detailed construction drawings and specification sheets. From the most critical and dynamic mechanical systems, to the most thoughtful and clever interior trim details, everything is thoroughly thought out and documented.

Having a fixed price and guaranteed completion dates are two foundational principles that separate the Cottage Home team from the others. It’s also why our clients call our building process “fun”.


5. Your Cottage Home Comes to Life

A team of the best artisans and tradespeople coordinate your build process with precision and control to ensure the highest quality results. Consistency, predictability and accountability are trademarks of Cottage Home’s construction activities. Through this exciting and creative experience, you will have unlimited access to Cottage Home’s Client Liaison, who will consistently provide you with construction status updates via email, telephone and photographs.

6. You Enjoy Your Cottage Home

When the big day arrives, you’ll spend time with Brian in your home orientation walkthrough, as he reviews each area of your new home with you. We are happy to assist you with move-in. After that, you’ll continue to be impressed by Cottage Home and our efficient warranty service program. We want you to be as happy with and excited about your new beach house as we are, and look forward to maintaining our relationship with you as a Cottage Home customer for life!

Due to our limited start dates, we encourage to you begin this exciting process at your earliest convenience by visiting our Properties page for current listings.

Lake Michigan Homes

Lakefront Homes

Your dream home is created.

Custom Built Homes

“Built on paper first” assures on time project management.

Cottage Design Services

All in-work client requests are confirmed from the jobsite via PDF with estimate.

Custom Lake Michigan Cottages

Adjacent property owners are sent a notice prior to construction: jobsite is cleaned up each evening.

Concierge Services – Making it Happen

From the beginning of your relationship with us, to many years after your home is completed, we will provide you the highest level of service. During your building experience, you will have unlimited access to any member of the Cottage Home team; however, be assured that our Client Concierge can be your main point of contact anytime during (and even after!) your home is complete.

Our Client Concierge is also our experienced Selections Coordinator – truly the perfect partnership of roles. From the design stage through your final walk-through, you’ll be pampered with frequent communications, a steady stream of e-mailed or electronic photos, and a timeline of when selections need to be determined. In your selections process, you’ll be given all the freedom that you want in making decisions. Cottage Home has an on-site selections room where we can assist in making any choices. No need to run from showroom to showroom to make color selections. If you have ideas, bring them in and we’ll make sure your dreams are made reality. Need help with some ideas? Our years of experience in award-winning homes might just present some options for your new place. Either way, our selections process is fun, easy, and will make your building experience an outstanding one.


Concierge Services assist with interior design, furnishings, beach toys, move-in and arrival preparation services.

Warranty and Customer Service

As soon as your home is complete, we want to help you begin to enjoy it. So, we are happy to offer you as much move-in assistance as you need, from accepting deliveries on your behalf, moving in boxes and setting up furniture, to hanging pictures.

Then, once you’ve settled in, you’ll find our warranty service program exceptional. While we truly believe that each home we deliver is expertly crafted and defect-free, we understand that after occupying the home for awhile you may find the need for warranty service. Thus, we offer a one year builder warranty, and you can count on us to be responsive, efficient and proactive in addressing any such service needs in your new Lake Michigan home.

Beyond the home’s warranty, we encourage you to take advantage of Cottage Home’s extended Cottage Watch program in which we will regularly check on your home and keep an eye on it while you are away. We’ll also help coordinate seasonal maintenance, and recommend and supervise service providers at your request. Whatever your needs may be, don’t hesitate to ask for our assistance one, two or even ten years after your home is complete! We are committed to helping you fully enjoy your home and all that the relaxed lakeshore lifestyle offers. Besides, we love keeping in touch with our outstanding clients. We really mean it when we say that our clients are more than just our clients – they’re our friends.

Cottage Design

Our property management and special projects team is glad to help with your home….whether you’re here, or not.