Living Large in Small Spaces: Little Lakefront Cottage

A spacious upstairs loft makes it easy to host guests at this small lakefront cottage. With its own kitchenette and dining area, the loft provides privacy for guests and hosts. The charming home features a blue front door, two-car garage and an upstairs balcony.

From: Lisa Furey

Photo By: John McManus

Photo By: John McManus

Photo By: John McManus

Photo By: John McManus

Photo By: John McManus

Photo By: John McManus

Photo By: John McManus

Photo By: John McManus

Photo By: John McManus

Photo By: John McManus

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Photo By: John McManus

Photo By: John McManus

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Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Photo By: Lindsey Harris

Small, Lakefront Cottage

Nestled just off the lake, this small cottage has the charming, peaceful feel of front porch living with all the conveniences of the modern world.

Small, Quaint Cottages with Beautiful View of Sunrises and Sunsets

The sunrises and sunsets at these quaint, beautiful cottages create a view that is simply spectacular with the feel of getting lost in a simpler time with all the modern amenities.

Lakeside Cottage with Two Car Garage

The two car garage at the front of this lakeside cottage gives the family a safe space to park their cars and a private entrance to the home.

Weather Vane Adds Charm to Lake House Design

The weathervane on the roof of this home helps to add a touch of charm to its design.

Blue Door and Runner Add Pop to Lake House Entry

To give the home's entrance a bit of pizzaz, designers painted the door blue and had a matching runner installed on the stairs.

Upstairs Loft with Kitchenette

The upstairs loft bedroom has access to its own kitchenette, making this space private.

Loft Space with Stair Access

A set of stairs on the other side of the kitchenette gives the loft guest space access to the rest of the home.

Functional, Loft Guest Bedroom

The small cottage lake house boasts a loft guest space that houses two twin beds, plenty of built-in storage, access to a kitchenette, a dining table, a desk and a dresser. To fit all of this functionality into the private space without making it feel cluttered, designers exposed the high ceilings and used an elegant, neutral color palette.

Guest Room with Patio Access

In the home's loft, a guest room has access to the patio that overlooks the lake.

Modern Desk in Guest Bedroom

A modern desk finds its home in front of the guest room's double windows. This gives whomever is utilizing this space plenty of natural light to work with.

French Doors Give the Guest Room Natural Light and a View

Beautiful French doors open onto the patio from the loft guest room. These doors allow in plenty of natural light that can be controlled with the space's light, airy curtains; they also give way to a lovely lake view.

Vintage Paintings Add Warmth and Charm to Master Bedroom

To help warm the master bedroom and give the space some rustic charm, designers hung warm, vintage paintings on the walls, adding personality.

Built-In Armoires Add Storage to the Master Bedroom

On the main floor of this quaint lake house, built-in armoires give the master bedroom space plenty of storage.

Built-In Armoires with Fold Down Desk

To add a functional "office" space in this small cottage, one of the armoires has a cabinet that folds down to create a desk for the owners.

Blue and White Toile Vessel Sink in Neutral Master Bathroom

In the master bathroom, a vessel sink with a blue and white toile pattern adds vintage charm to the soft space.

Modern White Cottage Main House With Guest House And Carriage House

This modern white cottage main house has exposed rafters, a steel roof, and rustic landscaping.

Modern White Cottage Farmhouse With Board And Batten Siding And Traditional Accents

This modern white cottage farmhouse has traditional board and batten siding, exposed rafter tails, brick stairs and porch details.

Modern White Cottage Front Porch With Traditional Accents And Bronze Gas Lamp

This modern white cottage front porch welcomes with a traditional wood door and window, antique bench and accessories, bracket detail, and bronze gas lamp.

Modern White Cottage Open Concept Kitchen And Dining Room With Open Shelves And Work Island

This modern white cottage features an open concept kitchen and dining room with open kitchen shelving, white painted cabinets, a mosaic tile accent wall and backsplash, and built in marble topped word island.

Contemporary Cottage Kitchen Detail With Open Shelves And Mosaic Tile Wall

This contemporary cottage kitchen detail highlights the room's white open floating shelves, white marble countertops, white cabinets and farmhouse sink, and a striking mosaic tile wall.

Contemporary White Cottage Kitchen With Open Shelves And Mosaic Tile Backsplash

This contemporary white cottage kitchen has open shelving and white painted cabinets and vent hood, marble countertops, mosaic tile backsplash, and contemporary black swing arm sconces.

Modern Cottage Guest House Open Concept Living And Dining Room

This modern white cottage guest house features an open concept living and dining room, and kitchen, with exposed beams and rafters, traditional pendant lights, white furnishings, and light hardwood floors.

Modern White Cottage Great Room With White Furnishings And Pendant Lights

This modern white cottage open concept great room features white upholstered sofas, white dining table with modern dining chairs, exposed beams and rafters with traditional pendant lights.

Modern White Cottage Great Room With Contemporary Living And Dining Areas

This modern white cottage great room has white upholstered sofas in the living area, white dining room table and modern rope dining chairs in the dining area, traditional pendant lights, and vaulted ceilings.

Modern White Cottage Great Room With Contemporary Furnishings And Accents

This modern white cottage open concept great room features contemporary white living room and dining room furnishings, modern dining room chairs, traditional pendant lights, and a white fireplace.

Modern White Cottage Living Room With Upholstered Sofas And Blue Accent Pillows

This modern white cottage living room features contemporary upholstered sofas with blue accent pillows, natural fiber rug, white drapes and accessories, and glass lamp.

Modern White Cottage Living Room With Modern French Door And White Upholstered Furnishings

This modern white cottage living room features white upholstered sofas and modern coffee table, traditional pendant lights, updated ceiling fan, exposed beams and rafters, and hardwood floors.

Modern White Cottage Open Concept Living And Dining Room With Vaulted Ceiling

This photo features a modern white cottage with open concept living and dining room, featuring white upholstered furnishings and dining table, contemporary dining chairs, and traditional pendant lights.

Modern White Cottage Living Room With Upholstered Sofas and Contemporary Coffee Table

This modern white cottage living room features contemporary white upholstered sofas with blue accent pillows, white coffee table, natural fiber area rug, and exposed rafter and beam ceiling.

Modern White Cottage Floating Staircase With Modern Railing

This modern white cottage foyer features a floating staircase, modern bench, art and staircase railing, white painted board and batten paneling, and tile floors.

Modern Cottage Foyer Detail With Floating Stairs And Blue Armoire

This modern white cottage foyer detail shows off the home's unique hardwood floating staircase, neutral tile floors, white shiplap walls, and a blue painted armoire for storage.

Modern White Cottage Stairway With Modern Custom Handrail And Woven Pendant

This modern white cottage stairway features a modern custom handrail, woven pendant light, exposed beams and rafters, and hardwood floors.

Modern White Cottage Bedroom With Modern And Antique Accessories

This modern white cottage bedroom combines modern and antique accessories, neutral upholstered headboard, white bed linens and bedside table, swing arm reading lights, midcentury modern accent chair, and modern ceiling fan.

Contemporary Cottage Master Bathroom With Double Vanity And Walk In Shower With Mosaic Tile

This contemporary cottage master bathroom has a natural stone topped double vanity with traditional chrome faucet and fixtures, gray cabinets, and a modern walk in shower with mosaic tile accent wall.

Modern White Cottage Master Bath With Marble Counter And Glass Shower

This bright white modern cottage master bath features a neutral vanity with marble counters, glass cabinet hardware, and contemporary chrome faucet, modern chrome wall sconce, and glass shower enclosure.

Traditional White Bedroom Detail With White Bedding And Upholstered Headboard

This traditional white bedroom features a wood and white upholstered headboard, white bed linens with blue accent pillow, and traditional reading lamp wall sconce.

Modern White Cottage Bathroom With Antique Details And Marble Topped Vanity

This modern white cottage guest bathroom features a marble topped antique dresser vanity with a traditional white sink and chrome wall mounted faucet, brass wall sconces, white painted shiplap walls, and antique mirror and glass door knob.

Modern White Cottage Guest Bathroom With Wall Mounted Faucet And Vessel Sink

This modern white cottage guest bathroom features a simple single vanity with white marble countertop, white farmhouse vessel sink, contemporary wall mounted faucet, and gold and glass sconces.

White Cottage Guest Bedroom With Upholstered Headboard And Natural Accents

This white cottage guest bedroom has white and blue bed linens along with a soft gray upholstered headboard, blue accent lamps and white bedside tables, and natural woven pendant light.

Modern Cottage Powder Room Detail With Shiplap And Blue Wall

This modern cottage powder room features white shiplap and blue painted walls, white pedestal sink with traditional chrome faucet, glass door knob, and antique wall mirror.

Modern White Cottage Screened Porch With Daybed Porch Swing And Modern Ceiling Fan

This modern white cottage screened porch features a restful upholstered daybed porch swing, board and batten ceiling, and modern ceiling fan.

White Cottage Screened Porch With Daybed Porch Swing And Rocking Chair

White cottage screened porch with white upholstered daybed porch swing and traditional wicker rocking chair.

Lake Cottage Deck With Modern Railing And Upholstered Seating

This lake cottage deck features a modern railing system and upholstered outdoor seating with blue accent tables.

Modern Cottage Deck With Contemporary Outdoor Seating

This modern cottage deck features modern railings, and contemporary upholstered outdoor seating.

Modern White Cottage Main House and Guest Cottage With Farmhouse Details

This modern white cottage main house and guest cottage feature standing seam metal roofs, white paneled exteriors, exposed rafter tails, farmhouse details, and rustic cottage garden landscaping.

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