The Uniqueness of Waterfront Homes

Building a home is the same regardless of where it’s located right? Wrong. Building a waterfront home may seem the same as building a home in an ordinary sub-division or on an empty country lot, but trust me they are totally different universes. Waterfront homes (when I refer to waterfront I am generally speaking of lakefront) are typically secondary homes, vacation retreats, or retirement dream homes. As such, most people will spend a little extra, add a few more upgrades and gingerbread, and incorporate details that make the home uniquely theirs.

While most contractors can accomplish the construction phase, it’s the initial design phase that is the most critical. How many times have you seen two waterfront homes that look similar or maybe started with the same floor plan with a different exterior look? Sadly it happens, and is normally due to the homeowners choosing a builder who is not accustomed to building outside of subdivisions.

Besides having the extra touches a homeowner may add, waterfront homes also have two fronts - and for true "lakers" the front is where the water is. That is where most of the time is spent with family, friends and neighbors, and not surprisingly that is where the money is spent – on things like siding accents, masonry, decks and patios, etc. For homes designed to be built in subdivisions, that is the back of the house and lacks character – it is where homeowners save money because it is not a high-visibility elevation and generally a private area.

Mike Gepfert Homes specializes in custom design and construction of waterfront residential properties. From the placement of the home on the lot to the smallest interior or exterior detail, Mike Gepfert Homes will ensure that your home is built to your exact standards, meeting your needs and fulfilling your dreams.