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Cottage Home Testimonials

Testimonials & Reviews

The idea behind Cottage Home is to build only a select numbers of homes each year and make the experience fun, simple, and rewarding. We are passionate about learning our client’s lifestyle and dreams, and translating those into a summer home they will truly enjoy for generations. That's why many of our clients say they wish they'd done this sooner.

lakeshore property specialist

Nothing Short of Excellent

“Our experience during the design and build phases of our new home has been nothing short of excellent. Not only has the Cottage Home staff responded to all our requests and needs, but also they have anticipated features that they thought might be important to us. We truly feel as if they are building a home they would want to live in. Furthermore, our home was built on time and on budget. 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

Exceptional and Unequaled

“Through their design and build process, they took our narrative and created a home we are truly proud to call the Odland Beach House. From the towering high ceilings of the lake room to the sweeping views of Lake Michigan, they captured exactly what we had been hoping and dreaming to achieve. The creativity, attention to detail, and quality is exceptional and in our judgment, unequaled in the building industry. The Cottage Home brand is more than an external marketing or advertising initiative…it is a way of life for the entire team led by Brian Bosgraaf and perfected by his team.”

“Thanks to the entire Cottage Home Team and all of the exceptional craftspeople who worked on and created this dream, we have arrived and are at home.”

Mark and LaRae
South Haven, Michigan

Wonderful Memories

“We are absolutely pleased with our new cottage. The home is just beautiful and has far exceeded our expectations. . . It has such a comfortable feeling and I know we will have such wonderful memories there. You have really made a dream come true for our family … thank you so much for everything you have done. Everyone has been wonderful to work with and this has been one of the best experiences we have ever had!”

Mike and Anne
Plymouth, Michigan

Dream Come True

“Thank you for making our new beach house a dream come true. All the finishes, the built-in cabinetry and furniture are just wonderful. The kids bunk loft turned into one of the focal points of the home and the ladder has seen a fair amount of use! The personal service you provided during the planning process, your assistance in moving in and out of the house and the help in decorating the house have made the whole experience enjoyable. The service you provide is truly unparalleled.”

Bart and Stephanie
Glenview, Illinois

Most Considerate People We’ve Ever Worked With

We’ve had a vacation home in South Haven for over twenty years but as we are ‘beach people’ we always wanted to have a lakefront or lake-view home. Cottage Home was able to situate our unique cottage on an odd shaped lotto provide both beautiful lake views as well as privacy. The construction was completed exactly on time and the building experience was painless to the point of being truly enjoyable. Brian planned a beautiful and unique home for us while seamlessly incorporating our ideas into his overall design. Cottage Home personnel are among the most considerate and professional people we have ever worked with.”

Jim and Denise Wilschke
Geneva, Illinois

Commended For Your Accomplishments

“I just wanted to take a moment to share with you how impressed my wife and I have been with the very professional way in which you have managed the construction of the Monroe Beach House and the Calhoun home. With all of the neighborhood construction we have witnessed both in Western Springs (suburb of Chicago) and South Haven, I must say that, unlike with your company, we have never received a single communication from the builder. Your status update and follow-up plan communications were much appreciated! With the high winds in the spring resulting in the excessive displacement of sand, your immediate follow-up plans and actions were very impressive to say the least. The job sites were always kept clean which we know is a difficult task. I have never heard of a new construction being completed on schedule. You are to be commended for your accomplishment. Both homes are beautiful from the outside and we look forward to the opportunity to tour them. We thank you very much for the tickets to the Gala, which we are looking forward to. When the opportunity arises, I can assure you that we will share with others our respect for your company without hesitation. You have proven yourself to be a class builder.”

Mike and JoAnn Myers
South Haven, Michigan

Very Pleased

“We have continued to be very pleased with the design, construction and maintenance of the addition that you and your group did at our home in South Haven, Michigan – we were so pleased with the total job you, your workmen and sub contractors did that we have continued to have you take care of maintenance needs for the house.”

Chuck and Mona
South Bend, Indiana

More Than Pleased

“We are more than pleased with your work, and the manner in which you conducted business should be a lesson to all.”

Eric and Gale
Chicago, Illinois

Cottage Building Testimonials

Well Done!

“Would we have any reservation in referring family/friends/colleagues to Cottage Home? The answer is that we would have absolutely no reservation at all in recommending Cottage Home to anyone. Well done! …thank you for what you are doing in the South Haven area.”

Emery and Joanne
South Haven, Michigan

Proud Of Our Cottage Home

“In the aftermath of last Friday’s storm, I must tell you that our immediate area seems to have been in the path of the worst of the wind and rain. Four hundred plus year old trees were taken down across the street. Our home faced the teeth of the storm. Our porch furniture was pushed toward the house and a rocker was blown over. However, our home sustained no damage. We have yet another reason to be proud of our Cottage Home home!”

Harv and Paulette
Holland, Michigan

First Class Operation

“I told you many times what a total class operation you and your team ran throughout the [building] process and you have assembled the finest team of good and talented professionals imaginable!”

Guy and Barb
South Haven, Michigan

Cottage Dream A Reality

“We want to express our appreciation to Brian Bosgraaf and Cottage Home for making our cottage dream a reality and for making the design and construction process such a positive and memorable experience – we can not say enough about the quality of materials and workmanship in our cottage.”

Randy and Debbie
Oak Park, Illinois

Quality Product

“Cottage Home is an excellent contractor who stays on schedule, within budget, and delivers a quality product. All of your employees are really outstanding and are extremely courteous, helpful and show a lot of pride and we are very pleased.”

Dennis and Pat
Western Springs, Illinois

Terrific Group To Work With

“We have been in our cottage in South Haven for one month and we want you to know how much we have enjoyed working with you all! You are a terrific group of people and it was a pleasure to work with you! Thank you for your flexibility, creativity and concern that things be done right…Congratulations on a job well done!”

Randy and Julie
Ada, Michigan

Love It!

“Just a quick note to tell you what a fantastic job you and the fine folks at Cottage Home did with [our new home]. We absolutely love it and had a really great and painless experience with the whole project. Your reputation as an excellent craftsman is well deserved and earned.”

Craig and Lise
Palatine, Illinois

Happy Holidays To All Our Friends At Cottage Home

“This is the time of year when we reflect on all the wonderful things for which we are thankful. One of our special things was the building of our lakeshore home (‘The Cottage’). We enjoyed the building process so much, especially dealing with such caring, honest and friendly people. This is true, not only for the Cottage Home people, but also the sub-contractors, that are such a big part of the organization. They have been friendly, helpful and skilled; always taking care to do things, like you would want them done if it was your own home. The attention to detail really shows and doing the little extra, when needed, is so much appreciated. We got to know so many of the guys well. They are excellent at their professions, but beyond that, they are really good people and proud of what they do. Our experience with building has been enjoyable, we are impressed with ALL the Cottage Home people.”

Jack and Barbara
Holland, Michigan

Experience Was Terrific

Our experience with Cottage Home was terrific, with constant communication and plans laid out in great detail.

- Bruce and Jan, Mason, Ohio


“We would like to thank you for building us a beautiful cottage. It has been a wonderful experience to work with your team. The attention to detail has been amazing. We hope to continue our relationship with you for many years to come.

- Steve and Linda, Naperville, Illinois