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Northport, MI, 2023, Residential

Modern Lakeside Cottage Design

Design inspiration for this modern lakeside cottage came from the historic fishing cottages located throughout Northport. We broke the home into a series of small intimate gable formed “fishing cottages” with exposed beams, cathedral ceilings and modern finishes - a design move that avoids one large mass and mimics the form of the traditional fishing cottages.

Large window walls with cloud-white frames establish connection points between each “fishing cottage” and create views from the roadside to the lake. A metal roof, found on most fishing cottages, was designed along with cedar shakes and reclaimed stone walls.

We took advantage of the sloping site and located the car parking and storage underneath the building, protecting the views to the lake as well as creating a more enjoyable, connected, and accessible entry experience. Along with the convenient and hidden parking spaces, a drive-through style entry was designed for visitors’ easy access.

Contact Elements Architects Group to request a consultation or for more information. We service clients in Northern Michigan out of cities including Petoskey, Northport, Grand Traverse Bay, and beyond.


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Design