This deck is fantastic - it's large enough for a big family to sit, relax, and enjoy the view of the lake it faces.
The architect uses this photo of the house above to explain how he "framed" the lake view through the reeds and trees.
The houseboats on Lake Union take "lake house" to a whole new, very literal, level. I love the charm of this one's shingles...and its huge windows.
When you've got a great view, it's not always necessary to do a lot of gussying up. To me, there's little more relaxing than sitting on a deck with an unobstructed view of a simple dock.
This home has two lake house essentials - big open living spaces for everyone to hang out and really great windows.
Kitchen space is usually at a premium in vacation homes - and there's always somebody in the kitchen - so it's nice to open it to the living area, for both the space and the company.
Some of my favorite lake houses are constructed of wood, designed to look beautiful, but really fit with the natural environment.
All vacation homes should have a few little nooks like this one - peaceful spots to get away, even in a house packed with people.
When Domino featured Thom Filicia's lake house, I fell in love with this photos of his bar. It's such a great combination of woodsy and modern. Plus, every vacation home needs a well-stocked bar, right?
I love sleeping porches of all kinds (listening to lake water is the best way to fall asleep) - and this one is especially useful, since it transitions nicely from daytime social space to a nighttime bedroom.