Best Modern Lake Houses Red Chest Striped Carpet
Photography by STACEY BRANDFORD VIA COUNTRY LIVING

Yeah, beach houses are great, but if you’ve ever lived in a landlocked state, you know that lake houses are actually where it’s at. Whether they’re cabins designated for weekend getaways or full-time homes, these modern lake houses—interiors AND exteriors—are sure to get you excited to be on the water this summer. Keep reading for our 50 favorites.

(Pst, see more of this Michigan lake house in the next slide!)

Best Modern Lake Houses Red Twin Beds
Photography by STACEY BRANDFORD VIA COUNTRY LIVING

Everything about this lake house is kitschy-chic perfection—including these red-painted twin beds. We can only imagine the fun-filled family weekends spent in this space.


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Best Modern Lake Houses White Interior
Photography by MICHAEL MORAN FOR MURDOCK YOUNG ARCHITECTS

Technically, this all-white home is located in Montauk, but the water still counts, right? It perfectly mixes modern design and decor while maintaining the feel of an old farmhouse.

Best Modern Lake Houses Modern Breakfast Bar
Photography by ZEROENERGY DESIGN VIA APARTMENT THERAPY

Not only is this lake house totally modern and beautiful, but it’s energy efficient. The owners scrapped their old place to make new for this new home that naturally has a cool exterior, too.

Best Modern Lake Houses Floor To Ceiling Windows Dining Living Room
Photography by MOS ARCHITECTURE VIA APARTMENT THERAPY

The view from the top floor of this home might be stunning, but just wait until you see the photos of the exterior. This home floats on Lake Huron, which is undeniably very, very cool. Talk about easy access to the lake!

Best Modern Lake Houses White Interior Turquoise Floors
Photography by STACEY BRANDFORD VIA HOUSE BEAUTIFUL Photography by Jenna Peffley

Yep, those are aqua-painted floors. Designer and HGTV star Sarah Richardson updated this Lake Huron home to better fit her personal style.


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Best Modern Lake Houses Kitchen Dining Room
Photography by WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ VIA HOUSE BEAUTIFUL Photography by Jenna Peffley

Surprisingly, the kitchen is the most neutral space in this Connecticut lake home. (Click to find more reds and purples tied throughout the house!) Our favorite piece from this open-shelved, fire place clad kitchen is the multifunctional, open island.

Best Modern Lake Houses Wood Headboard
Photography by MIN|DAY VIA APARTMENT THERAPY Photography by Virtually Here Studios

Ever heard of Lake Okoboji? That’s where this Iowa lake house is located. Besides the breathtaking view, the modern headboard is really catching our eye. (We think we need to touch it and/or see it in person to fully comprehend the design.)

Best Modern Lake Houses Airy Dining Room
Photography by ALEXANDRA ROWLEY VIA SOUTHERN LIVING Photography by Jenna Peffley

The before and after pictures of this Hot Springs, Arkansas home are hard to believe. And though the cottage is only 900 square feet, you’d never be able to tell. But really, who needs space when you have the lake, a patio, and the outdoors!

Jenni Kayne Brown and White and Wood Kitchen
Photography by LAURE JOLIET Photography by One Wild Ride

Missed our Spring 2016 issue? Choosing not to tour our cover star, designer Jenni Kayne’s Lake Tahoe home would be a mistake. Our absolute favorite piece of her home (trust us, it was hard to choose) is this perfectly on purpose, rustic kitchen.


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Best Modern Lake Houses Blue Walls
Photography by LISA ROMEREIN VIA SOUTHERN LIVING

This Mississippi lake house impressively mixes casual and chic decor, resulting in a kitschy interior that is intentionally lake-chic.

Best Modern Lake Houses Floor To Ceiling Windows Living Room
Photography by HELEN NORMAN VIA SOUTHERN LIVING Photography by Virtually Here Studios

We have a thing for floor-to-ceiling windows, and this cabin is no exception. Though the panes slightly obstruct the clear view of the lake, it adds definite visual interest and most importantly, let’s in copious amounts of natural light. (See more here!)

Best Modern Lake Houses Rustic Chic Stone Kitchen
Photography by NANCY NOLAN VIA SOUTHERN LIVING

Everything about this Arkansas home feels so right. It’s the perfect mix of new and old, from the exterior to every detail right down to the…

Best Modern Lake Houses White Master Bathroom Standalone Tub
Photography by NANCY NOLAN VIA SOUTHERN LIVING Photography by Jenna Peffley

…Master bathroom. The chandelier! The curtains! The tile floor. The tub…


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Best Modern Lake Houses Wood Beamed Seating Area
Photography by KYLE FREEMAN VIA APARTMENT THERAPY

Wood paneling of old cabins and lake houses are common, but these huge floor-to-ceiling windows? Not so much. See the rest of one eclectic cottage-style home at Apartment Therapy.

Best Modern Lake Houses White Living Room
Photography by TIFANI LYN VIA THE GLITTER GUIDE

This Michigan house, that a young family calls home, might be down the street from the lake, but no matter. They have a pontoon boat, so it definitely counts.

Best Modern Lake Houses Cube Home
Photography by © PAUL CROSBY ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY VIA ARCHDAILY.COM

There’s just something alluring about modern architecture located in the depths of nature. Maybe it’s the contrast or simply the full length windows, we can’t tell. What can we do? Thank Min | Day for this gem.

Best Modern Lake Houses Two Floor White Natural Interior
Photography by BRUNO HELBLING VIA DANIELE CLAUDIO TADDEI

This is one cool home—just wait till you see the views. Located in Switzerland, this compact, cliffside home boasts impressive design and decor.


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Best Modern Lake Houses Steel Beams
Photography by © 2015 LAKE | FLATO VIA LAKEFLATO.COM

The structure alone is impressive enough to make anyone want to steal this home away from its owners and live there—like, forever. The inside? It evokes similar feelings. See for yourself.

Best Modern Lake Houses Black Box Shape Home
Photography by CHAD HOLDER VIA DWELL Photography by Skye Parrott

These “Two Black Sheds”, as the designer calls them, was designed for a couple’s lakeside home on Madeline Island in Wisconsin. A lot unique and a little dreamy, we’d freak out if we could call this space our weekend getaway destination.

Best Modern Lake Houses Rope Staircase
Photography by JAMES MERRELL VIA HOUSE BEAUTIFUL Photography by Laure Joliet

You’re currently looking at designer Thom Felicia’s Upstate lake house, complete with a rope handrail that leads upstairs to more rustic, but sophisticated decor.

Best Modern Lake Houses Small Space Twin Beds
Photography by © 2015 LAKE | FLATO VIA LAKEFLATO.COM

This home has it all, including a slatted wood-designed exterior and design elements from almost every design style. (Don’t worry, it works.) We just loved these practical twin beds! Sleeping as many people as you can (comfortably) when entertaining friends and family is a big priority, and this stylish option makes it possible.


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Best Modern Lake Houses Cubed Glass House
Photography by PAULO QUARTILHO PHOTOGRAPHY BY DENILSON MACHADO/MCA ESTUDIO

When we first laid eyes on this beauty, our eyes opened a bit wider, our breath shortened, and we were speechless. You’re going to want to take a peek into the inside.

Best Modern Lake Houses Neutral Living Room
Photography by DONNA-DOTAN VIA WORKSHOPAPD.COM PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON FRANK ROTHENBERG

The architect of this gigantic home nailed the ideal aesthetic for a modern lake house. From the details to the overall vibe, it just feels and looks like a truly beautiful space that is meant to be called home.

Best Modern Lake Houses Black White Gray Dining Room
Photography by PELLA HEDEBY VIA MYSCANDINAVIANHOME.COM PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGAN MARKHAM ON UNSPLASH

Scandinavians have lake houses, too, and it’s just like you imagined it would be—consistent with their general design disposition!

Best Modern Lake Houses Dining Sun Room
Photography by FRANCESCO LAGNESE VIA HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

Mixed dining room seating? Check. A totally chic lake house to host friends and family? Double check.


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Best Modern Lake Houses Floating Home
Photography by RAIMUND KOCH VIA DWELL

More of the floating Lake Huron house—we couldn’t help ourselves! Browse more photos and prepare to develop a new form a jealousy you didn’t know you were capable of.

Wood Dining room
Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

Anyone need a Shelter Island getaway? If you’re not raising your hand, you need to think twice about your vacation home goals. We toured designers John and Christine Gachot’s weekend family home and couldn’t get enough.

50 modern lake houses we’d gladly call home
Photography by Brittany Ambridge

This home, located on the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York, is designed by Thom Felicia and includes this waterside shed that doubles as an entertaining space. See more of the space here!

50 modern lake houses we’d gladly call home
Photography by JONNY VALIANT Photography by Cody Guilfoyle

We could get used to hanging out in a space like this. But honestly, though this reading nook looks perfectly comfy (for a rainy day), we’d most likely be outside.


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Best Modern Lake Houses Triangle Shaped Bedroom
Photography by AIRBNB.COM

Just a short walk away from the lake, this Tahoe City Airbnb has a stunning, uncommon interior. The bedroom you see here is simply a smidgen of what makes the home so unique.

Best Modern Lake Houses White Black Interior
Photography by GH3

Cliffside AND lakeside, this box-shaped home boasts a completely white and black interior. Chic amenities and accessible to the water, just they way we like it.

Best Modern Lake Houses Bedroom Floor To Ceiling Windows
Photography by OLSONKUNDIG.COM

Fact: This is the coolest lake house design we might ever see. There is a pivoting picture window that opens with the help of a crank that is like the view you see here, but times ten.

Best Modern Lake Houses Seating Area With A View
Photography by OLSONKUNDIG.COM

This home, built in 1959, has already survived four remodels, the latest leaving it in wildly impressive condition. We truly cannot decide what is more impressive: The inside, the outside, or the scenery.


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Best Modern Lake Houses Wood Neutral Living Space
Photography by RE4A.COM

Modern meets cottage style—inside and out—with this Kent, New York home.

Best Modern Lake Houses Patio Sunset
Photography by AIRBNB.COM

Good news: You can stay in this Ridgedale, Missouri Airbnb. We’re looking to see a sunset like the one you see here, ASAP. The home sleeps ten and looks cozy, newly furnished, and a great place to getaway.

Best Modern Lake Houses Light Wood Office
Photography by NATHAN KIRKMAN FOR LUXE

We guess if you live in a lake house, you’re going to have to do some work at some point. It might as well be in a room where half the walls are actually windows so you feel like you’re in a treehouse.

Best Modern Lake Houses White Master Bathroom
Photography by GAYLE BABCOCK, ARCHITECTURAL IMAGEWORKS LLC

Table Rock Lake is a classic Missouri destination for those in the Midwest, with this home being a rare modern gem.


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Best Modern Lake Houses Modern Wood Black Kitchen Dining Space
Photography by CASEY DUNN VIA DWELL

If you think this kitchen is cool, just wait till you see the rest of the house! This 2,800-square-foot home sits on five acres of waterfront land in Texas. Bonus: It has a pool that kind of resembles a moat.

Best Modern Lake Houses European Style Lake Home
Photography by LAUREY W. GLENN VIA SOUTHERN LIVING Photography by David A. Land

This Central Texas home is more similar to Mediterranean villas and less like your typical cabin, but that’s not a problem! You won’t regret touring the large estate, which covers 550 acres.

Best Modern Lake Houses Cottage Exterior
Photography by LAUREY W. GLENN VIA SOUTHERN LIVING Photography by David A. Land

This 5,000 square-foot Alabama lake house is filled with welcoming cottage-style decor. The neutral colors and fabrics look cozy and evoke a feeling of home.

Best Modern Lake Houses Porch
Photography by LAKEPLACE.COM

Is a modern lake home a modern lake home if it doesn’t have HUGE windows? (Yes, but you get it.) This Minnesota home makes use of a sprawling lawn overlooking a bluer-than-blue lake with just that.

Best Modern Lake Houses Master Bed Full Length Windows
Photography by PACO PEREZ / ALLURO VIA DWELL

This tropical-seeming lakeside retreat is located just outside Mexico City. Trust us, the views are just as impressive as the interior.

Best Modern Lake Houses Living Room
Photography by MARK MAHANEY VIA DWELL

Prefab and fabulous, this Lake Iosco home had only one requirement: Bunkbeds, a request naturally made by the owner’s son. We highly suggest flipping through these photos for inspiration for your home—it’s a good one.

Best Modern Lake Houses Wood Home Lots Of Windows
Photography by JIM GARRISON ARCHITECTS VIA DWELL

The blueprints to this spot are worth taking a peek at. Watch the home being placed onto its foundation for an eye-opening experience that will make you happy you’re on solid ground.

Best Modern Lake Houses Modern Living Room Large Windows
Photography by AARON LEITZ FOR LUXE

Serene is the only word that comes to mind when touring this Mercer Island home. Okay, we admit it. Sleek, light, and airy also inundated our brains while viewing photos of this space.

Best Modern Lake Houses White Kitchen
Photography by NICK JOHNSON FOR LUXE

This barn-like Michigan home might be old school in structure, but holds the most modern decor out of any lake house we’ve seen, which is definitely not a bad thing.

Best Modern Lake Houses Wall Of Windows Living Room
Photography by DROR BALDINGER FOR LUXE

You’re going to want to take a look at this Austin home from ALL angles, trust us on this one.

Best Modern Lake Houses Porch Overlooking Lake
Photography by AIRBNB.COM

If staying in a Catskills cottage is on your to-do list, this is for you. Check out this Airbnb for an affordable Mid-Century furnished stay.

Best Modern Lake Houses Modern Home Bright Colored Edging
Photography by KEVIN MIYAZAKI FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

If we had a mostly glass home, we’d frame it with bright, almost neon colored window frames, too.

Best Modern Lake Houses Natural Wood White Living Room
Photography by DELUXE DESIGN STUDIO, LLC

White and wood is one of our favorite pairings, this Lake Wisconsin home included. Tour for all the light and airy inspo you could ever need.