The owners of this new vacation home, near Pentwater Michigan, wanted a relaxing and informal feel to their lakefront cottage. The site is within a heavily wooded forest, which breaks open to the lake shore on the crest of a sand dune. The desire for a classic cottage look influenced the design of the shingle-style home. The main floor of the house features an open kitchen and living room, and a 20ft-diameter screened porch that provides great views of the lake. A circular sitting room above the porch is designed to capture the best views of the weather systems and sunsets. Other rooms include two children’s bunk bedrooms, set up for a permanent slumber party atmosphere.