Lake House Exterior – Street Side

I hope you all had a fantastic long holiday weekend! Labor day is always sad around here as it is typically the day everyone pulls their docks and boats out for the year. It definitely gets quiet on the lake once summer is over. We had a pretty lazy Labor Day watching movies with the kids. We introduced them to The Never Ending Story and my daughter said “When was this movie made??”

I replied “the 80’s”

She said “Well that explains why the music is so bad…”


Charcoal Grey and White Siding Lake House

As a child of the 80’s I can say truer words were never spoken…

Then I threatened to perm her bangs ;)

A lake house with gray siding

With the colder temps, I’m starting to think about fall decorating, but I barely have my house put together let alone adding in fall decor, so I don’t think I’m going to make it happen this year. One space I do hope to at least make a little fall-ish is the front porch. This made me realize I never shared the completed street side of the house with you all. The sun peeked out for a little bit this morning after the rain, and I snapped a few shots so pardon the puddles.

A lake house front porch with benches

I love having these benches on the front porch. It’s the perfect spot to hang out with my coffee while my kids ride their bikes. All these pillows are just leftovers from the last house. I never quite found the right pillows for out here this summer, so the search continues.

I also was late to the game to buy planters for the front, by the time I got around to it back to school supplies were in stores! Thankfully I borrowed these old ones from my mom’s garage and plopped some clearance hydrangeas in them. I’ll probably transplant them somewhere now that summer is over.

A large lawn in front of a house

The guys did such an amazing job building the pergola over the garage and I love the character it adds to this side of the house.

Window boxes planted with flowers

You know I had to have flower boxes again (check out my flower box tips here) although having just 2 boxes versus the 7 I had at the last house has been less time consuming thankfully. I went with a mix of double impatiens, regular impatiens, and creeping jenny as the front of the house is mostly shady. They are starting to dwindle a bit with the cooler temps, but they were really pretty.

A large lawn in front of a house

I shared the lakeside of our home before, but I’ll share again in case you are new here. I’m really happy with how the dark siding turned out with the white trim, and I’m so glad we took the chance to go with a darker color.

A large lawn in front of a house

A large green lawn in front of a house


Siding – Vinyl shake siding by Mastic in the color Natural Slate

Front Door – Thermatru

Windows – NorthStar

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  1. I love the corbels/brackets under your roof above your windows. I’m trying to find something this size, and I’m having a tough time. Do you know who made them? Did you have your trim people make them custom? Any info is appreciated. We live at the lake too and are redoing our house. Your home is beautiful.

    1. I don’t know who made them we ordered them out of a catalog but I’m not sure on the brand name. Try googling them a bit because there are lots of sites that sell them.

  2. Found your home on a search of lake homes with blue gray shake and BINGO it’s exactly the color I was looking for to put on our
    Chesapeake Bay home! So happy to see how beautiful it looks with white trim, just as I had planned. Would you be able to share the brand of the shingle and the color of the metal roofing? You mentioned before the color is weathered wood, but there are a few manufacturers that use that color name. We were going with a color more on the gray side but your roof color is much more becoming with that siding so hoping you can dig that up. Beautifully designed home!

    1. Hi Tammy, I looked back through all of my info and I cannot find the manufacturer of the shingles sorry! I just have a photo of it on my phone and the brand name is cropped off. The metal roof color is Burnished Slate and the company name just says Metal Sales on it. Sorry that’s not more helpful, good luck with your home!

  3. Your home is just beautiful!! I am also interested in learning about your shingle choice…brand and color! We are looking for the right shingle roof right now for our new build. We have very similar taste but will have white siding.

      1. I love your house colors! Do you happen to know the vinyl siding color? We are changing our siding & building an additional Garage in our backyard. We are looking at the blue color, can’t choose between Regatta or Indigo from Carter lumber choices. We are on an inland lake too in Michigan, in Linden. Thanks so much!

  4. What kind of outdoor sconces do you guys have? My wife and are building, and when given siding options, the one you have for your lake house was one of the ones we liked, and after seeing such a great detailed blog on it – not only have we become fans of that color, but your blog and style. Thanks!

    1. Hi Brandon thanks, we used an oil rubbed bronze sconce on the exterior. I think I just got them from Wayfair I’ll have to look it up!

  5. Love your beautiful house, and what you have done with it. Looking for houseplan ideas for a home in the mountains. How big is your house? Is there a way to purchase the floorplans?

  6. You have done such an amazing job designing your home and in selecting all of the products and features – it came together beautifully!! Your home has been such an inspiration, and I just wanted to thank you so much for always listing the products you have used – it has been extremely helpful for me – Thankyou!!!

  7. Bravo, and applause applause! I grew up on a lake in the Seattle, WA area, and there’s just nothing better (unless a farm is attached). Looking at this splendid exterior, I wouldn’t change one thing!

  8. I love everything about your house. You have read taste and an eye for design. Thank you for sharing. I count the days to read each new blog post.

  9. Lake front or even ocean front, gorgeous home. The colors are beautiful, very welcoming:).
    Truly a dream home, Kathleen in Az

  10. This is gorgeous!!! I love the detail above the garage. You mentioned the siding was vinyl, I haven’t seen any like this before. I would love to build another new home, not sure if I could get hubby on board ;)

    1. They have made huge improvements in this type of siding in the last 5 years it comes in all different textures and colors and it’s so practical and easy to take care of!

  11. Your house is gorgeous! I’m cracking up over your threat to perm your daughter’s bangs:) Are you liking the early cooler temps? I’m not ready for it yet in the Badger state but we don’t have a choice.

    1. I speak from experience as one who had my bangs permed a zillion times lol! Supposed to be in the 80’s this weekend here, Michigan is confused about the seasons as usual!

  12. Beautiful! I know you said you have cellular shades in the master bath. but do you plan on any other window treatments in your home? Street side? Or in the bedrooms, what sort of blinds or shades will you be using?

    1. We have the cellular shades in all the bathrooms and bedrooms but nothing on the other windows bc we face the lake and we own the property across the street from us there’s not really anyone to look inside :)

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