The design of this lakeside retreat was inspired by the water and the natural setting. A winding path ties the house to the lakeshore, where there is a patio with portable fire pit and access to the wharf. A shoreline “breakwater” was developed to protect the shoreline. Out front there is a small patio for with protection from the wind on cooler days and a flowing driveway paving pattern to soften the impact of the driveway. We designed an entry gate inspired by trees and water as well as a contemporary cedar fence to accentuate the cedar features of the house.