12 Midwest Lake Getaway Homes
Lake Michigan dream home
Water-inspired colors and durable materials set the tone outside and inside for an easy-care home—built for empty-nesters who wanted enough space for their three adult children to visit.
This cheerful green cottage high on a Wisconsin bluff overlooking Green Bay was built in 2005—but looks much like one that the owner's grandparents once lived in nearby. The homeowners looked to the 1920s to give their new lake home vintage charm.
Beach home for two families
Two Illinois families learn sharing doubles the fun when they split the purchase of a 1928 Indiana beach house.
Three century-old log cabins join together to become a one-of-a-kind lakefront getaway in northern Wisconsin.
Modern ranch getaway
This Door County vacation home used to be a one-story, 2,000-square-foot art gallery. The wide-open feeling of the gallery inspired new owners to head straight into the 21st century with a renovation that's light, open and minimal.
Light and bright
A color palette that's light, bright and mostly white fills this Wisconsin home with a serene vibe.
Full of vintage charm
Door County, Wisconsin, homeowners turned an aging A-frame into a bright, woodsy cabin with low-budget updates and casual decorating.
The owners of this fire-engine-red home, tucked in the trees above northern Michigan's Walloon Lake, wanted a low-maintenance, cheerful cottage style when they renovated the 100-year-old house.
Little big house
Clever decorating tricks and budget-friendly ideas turned a small-footprint space into a fresh and functional family home.
All those random items you love can add up to a great-looking home. This Lake Michigan cottage shows how to make eclectic work, with its mix of antiques, modern furniture and outsider art.