A lounge chair on a deck with a view of trees and the lake.

Consider upgrading your deck, dock or both.

Chances are if you’re reading this feature, you have a home at or near the lake or at least spend a lot of time on the water. Whether you’re eyeing an investment or looking to upgrade your current property, there are so many options when it comes to enhancing the part of your lake home that makes it so valuable – the natural beauty.

If you’re hoping to transform your lakeside property into a picturesque oasis, you’ll need to blend creativity, functionality, and an appreciation for the environment. Whether you’re looking to enhance your outdoor living space for personal enjoyment or to entertain guests, the possibilities are as vast as the water that greets you.

These two remodeling ideas combine the desire for relaxation and luxury to elevate your lake’s outdoor living space to new heights.

Deck expansion

Those who know, know – there’s not much better than stepping from inside your lake home onto a spacious deck that blends with the view. To take your lakeside property to the next level, consider a deck expansion project. Not only will you gain additional square footage, but also an opportunity to enhance the functionality and aesthetic of your outdoor living space. There are several things to consider before expanding your deck.

  1. Multi-level decking: Consider incorporating multiple levels into your deck design to create zones for dining, relaxing, and entertaining. By varying the elevation, you can maximize views of the lake from different vantage points while adding visual interest to your property. Higher levels are great for outdoor dining with a panoramic view, while lower levels can be great for intimate seating, lounging, or even a secluded hot tub.
  2. Integrated seating and storage: Built-in seating and storage are perfect solutions for optimizing space and enhancing comfort. Benches with hidden compartments provide ample seating while keeping cushions and outdoor essentials neatly stowed away when not in use. Consider incorporating storage benches along the perimeter of your deck which will minimize clutter and provide a convenient spot to store lake and boating essentials, water sports equipment, towels, and more.
  3. Custom lighting and other amenities: Lighting features not only accentuate the natural beauty of the surroundings but also enable you to extend outdoor enjoyment into the evening and nighttime hours. From charming string lights to embedded LED step lights along staircases, thoughtful lighting design enhances safety and ambiance. Additionally, consider incorporating amenities such as a built-in outdoor kitchen and outdoor fireplace to create cozy spots for family and friends to gather.

Dock renovation

Transform your lakefront property into a waterside retreat with a dock renovation that combines practicality with relaxation. Whether you’re seeking a serene spot for morning yoga or a launching point for watersport adventures, a revamped dock offers endless possibilities for lakeside enjoyment.

  1. Expanded entertainment area: Create a versatile entertainment area that extends from land to water. Incorporate spacious lounging areas with comfortable seating and shade structures to provide a break from the afternoon sun’s intense rays. A built-in bar or grill station complete with a mini fridge to keep beverages cold on summer days is always a nice touch that saves time and steps from the sometimes lengthy expanses between lake homes and the shoreline. While you’re at it, integrated speakers and audio features allow you to set the mood with your favorite playlist while enjoying views of the lake.
  2. Water access enhancements: Upgrade your dock with innovative water access enhancements that cater to both relaxation and adventure seekers. Consider a swim ladder or platform for easier access to the water, or even take things a step further with a custom-built water slide. Consider incorporating designated areas for kayaks and paddleboards in addition to the boat lift that streamlines watercraft storage and launch. It will be easier than ever to be on the water at a moment’s notice.
  3. Sustainable features: Eco-friendly materials such as composite decking or reclaimed wood reduce maintenance and promote longevity while preserving the integrity of the surrounding ecosystem. Consider solar-powered lighting fixtures along the perimeter of your dock to illuminate walkways and enhance safety without relying on traditional energy sources. By embracing sustainable design, you can create a lakeside retreat that maximizes enjoyment for generations to come.

With thoughtful planning and attention to detail, you can transform your lakeside property into an outdoor paradise that reflects your personal style and enhances your connection to the natural beauty that surrounds it.

Photo: courtesy Tracy Tesmer Design/Remodeling