House Tour: Ship Shape
Multiple decks and an integrated above-ground pool with an outdoor shower enhance the western red cedar shingle-sided cottage overlooking the lake.
This northern Michigan cottage grew out of a childhood memory for homeowner Gregg. A few feet from where the getaway sits now, Gregg often pitched a tent as a child. It was an easy, fun way to expand sleeping space at his parents’ lakeside cabin. “I was one of six kids in a tiny cottage that was chaotic and loud,” Gregg says. “But I loved going there more than anything in the world.” His grandparents have a place at the lake, too. When property next door came up for sale a few years ago, Gregg bought it without hesitation and built a vacation home for his wife, Sue, three sons and their big extended family.