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Finding That Ideal Home Site

The idea behind Cottage Home is to build only a few homes a year and make the process as enjoyable as possible. We pride ourselves on our ability to learn our client’s lifestyle and dreams, and translate those into a summer home they will truly enjoy for generations. Who says this can’t be fun?

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Michigan Lakeshore Property Specialists

Few assets are as rewarding as a Michigan 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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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.


We Learn About Your Lifestyle & 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.


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.

Excellent Experience

Had we known what we know now about Cottage Home back when we first started looking at lakefront property, we wouldn’t have had any apprehension building a custom home.

- John and Lisa, Glen Ellyn, Illinois


Well done! …thank you for what you are doing in the South Haven area.

- Emery and Joanne, South Haven, Michigan