The design of a lakefront landscape has a lot to do with the layout of the space, from its size to how it sits in relation to the water. The good news is there are unique solutions for every case.
For inspiration, here are some lakefront landscaping examples for varying property types.
Multiple Lookout Points at Different Elevations
Why have only one view of the water when you can have several? For homes situated several feet above the water level — like the example featured below — there are opportunities to add multi-level patios throughout the backyard. Framed by plants and adorned with cozy furnishings, these individual platforms provide private spaces for homeowners to relax or entertain, with the option to be closer or farther away from the water.
While plants can offer shade and privacy for homeowners, they also can frame the beautiful views that come with lakefront homes. With retaining walls in place to provide erosion control, colorful flowers and shrubs can be planted to draw the eye toward the lake, without obstructing the view itself. All the while, this plant life can further improve the air quality for homeowners as well as provide food and shelter for nearby wildlife.
A Floating Dock Converted into an Outdoor Living Room
Being tight on space in your outdoor area doesn’t have to limit your design ideas. Turning a floating dock into a comfortable living space — equipped with outdoor seating, a hammock and a wet bar — gives you the best of both worlds. You’ll conserve space in your landscape, so kids and pets have more room to run around, while adults can unwind with morning coffee or a good read in the dock area.
Infinity pools are naturally designed to give the effect of water extending into the horizon. On lakefront property, a similar scenario plays out — only this time, it appears to merge with the lake water and thus make homeowners feel closer to the lake. In the example below, a tiered infinity pool structure adds both depth and beauty to the outdoor space, and not to mention, a lot of recreational fun.
Source: Green Impressions
To learn more about the above outdoor landscaping project — from the garden design to the deck designs — check out our 2020 LookBook. We hope you find it inspiring in your own landscaping design efforts, and we encourage you to reach out with any questions!