4 inspiring lakeside self-build homes

Choosing to build a home on the water's edge can result in the most idyllic of settings

By Hugh Metcalf | 10 August 2020

Choosing to build a home on the water’s edge can result in the most idyllic of settings. Take a look at these four designs, each with beautiful views over a lake.

 rust house on lakeside in ireland - grand designs - self build

Image: Paul Tierney

Many people dream of living by the water, which is why lakeside sites often don’t come cheap. The challenge for self-builders and their architects is to maximise these scenic locations’ potential while respecting wildlife and mitigating any flood risk. Big windows are a must for making the most of views, while balconies and bridges can bring living spaces even closer to the water.

Rust-ic House, County Kerry, Ireland

rust house on lakeside in ireland - grand designs - self build

Image: Paul Tierney

Weathered corrugated steel is typically used to build barns and other industrial structures in County Kerry, Ireland. Urban Agency has created a similar look with this extension to a traditional stone cottage on an exposed site above Lough Caragh.

Called Rust-ic House, the building is not all it immediately seems: the walls are made from cast concrete, rendering them resistant to erosion, but are coated with an iron-oxide paint to give them their distinctive orange hue.

The client, who is approaching retirement, has spent years gradually renovating the original cottage, and uses the single-room addition as a second bedroom, increasing the property’s size by 58 square metres. The huge window ensures he wakes up to a view of the lough every day.