Lakeshore Lifestyle

The beaches are world class, the natural resources outstanding, and the pace enjoyable — exactly what we all seek in a vacation destination. From sailboarding to shopping, bon fires to bon appetite, the southwest Michigan shoreline offers something for literally everyone, and Cottage Home is here to help you engage . . . or dis-engage.

Michigan Lakeshore Property Specialists

Lake Michigan Property SpecialistFew assets are as rewarding as a lakeshore home. Yet owners are often unsure where to turn when needing knowledgeable and unbiased consultation on the many factors unique to lakefront property: cottage succession, DEQ and Critical Dunes Regulations, bluff or home restoration, build versus renovate, energy enhancement and others. We can help. A service of Cottage Home, Lakeshore Property Consultants specializes in serving the unique needs of existing — or future— lakefront property owners. With an expertise that spans from valuation to estate planning to LEED design and construction, we provide a holistic plan on how to achieve maximum value and enjoyment from your lakefront property. Our tailored program includes:

  • Property valuation and usage as it relates to home building, zoning, DEQ, riparian rights and neighboring right away
  • Ownership, succession and trust considerations
  • A master-planned approach to multiple parcel sale or utilization
  • Recommendations and related costs on site, bluff and home restoration
  • LEED and Green Home design/build
  • Energy retrofits and technology upgrades
  • Four season service, security and maintenance

We maintain an extensive research library of lakeshore property from St. Joseph to Holland Michigan and have an unmatched history of blending stewardship with modern lifestyle. We have a researched database of 2,250 lakefront properties in our area, covering 90 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline; most of which Brian has personally walked, driven, flown over and even paddled. Our initial consultation, based on availability, is designed for individuals who own or are looking to own lakeshore property. Appointments and recommendations based on your schedule and location are offered at no cost to Cottage Home clients or at a predetermined fee for friends and neighbors of Cottage Home. Please ask for details.

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No one knows SW Michigan lakeshore property, value, restrictions and use better than Cottage Home.

Enjoy Your Lakefront Home, We’ll Do The Work

We understand that many lakeshore homeowners reside out of state and benefit from knowledgeable — and local — homebuilder and repair services. Whether you are a past Cottage Home design/build client or simply own a home within our service area, Cottage Home Services is happy to help with the opening, closing and maintenance of your cottage. Need some minor porch repairs or paint touch ups? Thinking of installing a new ceiling fan? Want assistance installing your storm windows or moving your patio furniture in for the winter? Give us a call.

Our Services division is ready to assist with anything from refinishing your front door and power washing the exterior of the house, to servicing or even replacing your windows. Whatever can make your life a bit easier and your time at the lake house a little more enjoyable, we’re here to help. We have a network of experienced repair and maintenance resources for:

  • Swimming pools, spas and outdoor showers
  • HVAC (and ERV if you have one) inspection and repair
  • Window, doors and siding
  • Lawn and landscaping
  • Interior and exterior painting

Contact Stephanie with Cottage Home Services today, at 616.393.9460 x 6#, or

Cottage Watch

To take our services a step further, many of our clients have hired us to manage their new lake property, which we’re happy to do on a monthly or even weekly basis through our Cottage Watch program. This involves periodic inspections of the interior and exterior of the house, with a detailed checklist emailed to you including the following:

  • Inspect all exterior windows and doors to ensure they are locked and secure.
  • Examine roof, windows and doors for signs of moisture or damage.
  • Check entire perimeter of property, exterior landscape elements and grade.
  • Clean up storm debris as needed.
  • Looks for signs of pests or insects.
  • Check pool and spa and verify gates are closed and secure.
  • Check Lp level, if applicable.
  • Inspect HVAC systems to make sure humidity and temperatures are on the correct settings and operating properly.
  • Inspect furnace filter and humidifier pad, changing if needed.
  • Run water in plumbing fixtures.
  • Check appliances.
  • Check phone lines, satellite or cable, internet connectivity, etc.
  • Oversee all subcontractors, maintenance and service providers.
  • Winterization and spring start up of outdoor showers, kitchens and irrigation systems.
  • Installation and removal of porch panels in the spring and fall.
  • Seasonally move outdoor furniture into and out of storage.
  • Change smoke alarm batteries.
  • and anything else you can think of……..!

Whatever we can do to help make your life a bit easier and your time at the lake house a little more enjoyable this season, we’re here to help. Our goal with Cottage Watch, is for you to let us focus on the house, so you can focus on the fun!

Lakeshore Living

“As usual, Cottage Home handles the situation flawlessly. It is such a reassuring feeling, knowing we can call you about anything and the job will be done right.  You are all truly a class act!”

Anthony & Jennifer Frankfort, IL

“Having the Cottage Watch program ensures that we have a wonderful vacation, as a quick phone call on a problem is the end of our involvement, and we can leave at the end of the season knowing our property is being well taken care of. We can’t imagine being without it!”

Eric & Gale Chicago, IL

Cottage Watch Services

Cottage Home Lakeshore Events

In addition to newsletters and other communications, Cottage Home stays connected to clients throughout the summer months through picnics, open houses, LEED Tours, a Blue Green Event and other social events. They’re fun and informative …. an ongoing way to express appreciation and gratitude for the lifestyle we’re all afforded by the lakeshore. These are all services that most home builders simply don’t offer. Watch your mailbox and email for invitations to our events, as well as public attractions we think are worthy of your consideration.

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Lakeshore Activities and Events

We’re passionate about lakefront living, and the year-round recreational, social and cultural opportunities it offers. There are many useful sources of information available to help you decide how to spend your treasured time on the beautiful lakeshore. For more information about community events, simply click on the map in the areas you’ll be visiting.

One Lakeshore, Our Lakeshore

GRAND HAVEN, SPRING LAKE & FERRYSBURG One South Harbor Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417 Phone: (616) 842-4910 Fax: (616) 842-0379 HOLLAND & HAMILTON 272 East 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423 Phone: (616) 392-2389 Fax: (616) 392-7379 SAUGATUCK & DOUGLAS 2902 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, MI 49406 Phone: (269) 857-1701 SOUTH HAVEN 606 Phillips Street, South Haven, MI 49090 Phone: (269) 637-5171 Fax: (269) 639-1570 ST. JOSEPH & BENTON HARBOR 606 Phillips Street, South Haven, MI 49090 Phone: (269) 925-6100 Fax: (269) 925-4471