Lake House: the Appropriately-Sized Home / by Sustainable

Written by: Nicholas Discenza


Our client approached Sustainable to undertake the design of a new, appropriately-sized dwelling on their family-owned lakeside property.


The original home, a converted boathouse, sat dangerously close to the water’s edge, and was beginning to show signs of collapse.


Knowing the boathouse would soon fall into the lake, our client was determined to build a new, modestly-sized home in a location further inland from the lake.


The requirements were simple: a safe, well-insulated, and air-tight home, built on a limited budget. Nothing fancy, just the very basics of a healthy, comfortable, and energy-efficient home.


The simple geometric form lends itself well to high-performance construction. Reducing complexity and focusing on the essentials, Lake House was designed to be easily constructed.


The careful selection of durable materials, the size and location of windows and doors, and an appropriately-sized mechanical system form the basics of the design.


A covered front porch and lakeside terrace provide shelter from the elements and the perfect vantage point to take in the spectacular view of the lake and the city beyond. What more does one need?