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Storing Your Cabin's Gear for the Water

Design inspiration for outfitting the lakefront & storing your cabin's gear for the water.

By Janice Brewster
 
 
Fun on the water often comes with lots of gear – from boats to life jackets, skis to sails, paddles to deck chairs. A boathouse or waterfront storage building can help protect your water toys, put everything you need within easy reach, and make a style statement, too. Before you start doodling designs for your dream dock or boathouse, check with the zoning restrictions in your area, which may dictate what you can build and how close it can be to the water.
 

Shine On

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At dusk, the light shining between the wood slats of this Oregon boathouse’s changing room creates the look of an oversized lantern floating near the shore. Two roof planes cover the changing room and the boat docking area. A large diving and sunning platform is accented with a swimmers’ ladder. Designer/Builder: MCM Construction
 

Raising the Bar

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Stools and storage for barware transform this waterside outbuilding into the perfect spot for serving drinks with a view. With access to electricity, a small refrigerator could be added to keep cold beverages at the ready. Design/Builder: Lands End Development

 

Made in the Shade

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A roll-down screen encloses this outdoor kitchen when it’s not in use. Located just steps from the water and surrounded by a flagstone patio, the fully equipped kitchen makes serving dockside meals to hungry boaters easy. Designer/Builder: Lands End Development
 

Shade, Sun & Fun

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A covered dock can protect your boat from the elements, while still providing plenty of sunshine for swimmers. This aluminum dock with Ipe wood decking and frame wrap provides style and space for a boat, plus personal watercraft. The swim ladder makes coming ashore easy. Designer: Custom Dock Systems
 
 

Surf & Turf

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Boats are beautifully accommodated with this combination of timber-framed cottage and covered dock. Wide doors on the ground level of the cottage allow for kayaks, a canoe, lawn furniture and other gear to be easily tucked away. Above is a cozy living space with a bird’s-eye view of the water. Designer/Builder: New Energy Works
 

Paddle Port

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After a day on the lake, you can put your canoes or kayaks to bed in this extra-long boat shed from Summerwood. The shed keeps your boats safe and dry, while providing storage for paddles, life jackets and all your other gear. Designer/Supplier: Summerwood