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Hello!

I'm on the verge of buying a waterfont property with two cottages on the same lot. I would like to create intimacy between the two without blocking the view of the lake. I'm having trouble having a visual of how to do so.

I'm open to ideas cheap on the budget, and easy to maintain. I'd really like to add more trees on the lot, not sure where and what type of trees.

Looking forward to any ideas people may have.

As you see on the first picture, the left side of the lot is used as entrance (also to get to the second cottage).


(More pictures to follow)

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First cottage
 
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the view of the two cottages.

 
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View from the porch of the first cottage

I like the idea of a wooded lot, but as you can see part of the lot (on the left) is used to get to the second cottage closer to the lake.

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closer view of the first cottage

 
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Without knowing how you are going to use the cottages it is difficult to suggest too much.

But I can tell you the first concern should be the lake. Having that much cut lawn means too much run off to the lake. You should narrow the manicured area and provide a buffer zone at the lake to filter any water that runs down.

Most counties have some regulations on lake lots. Often these include not only resistrictions on buildings but restrictions on plantings. The first step should be to visit the county and find out how their lake shore ordinance reads.
 
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The land is about 22,000 square feet, but as you can see with the pictures the lot is in a rectangular shape.

The only restrictions we have here in our area,(Canada QC) that I'm aware of is to preserve the already existing plants/trees within about 5 feet from the lake. Essentially were not allowed cutting anything down within a certain amount of feet from the lake, other than that nothing.

As for what I intend to do with the cottages is to rent them out on a weekly basis. I don't want anything that requires maintenance, to create privacy between the two cottages and would really like it to look more like the lot is in the middle of the woods, without cutting off the view of the lake.

Any help and visuals would greatly be appreciated. Feel free to use the pictures of the actual location so I can get the visual.

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To make it appear "in the woods" get rid of the straight lines at the property edge. Straight lines say subdivision. Do to cheaply just stop mowing in a straight line. Leave irregular areas to grown naturally. To speed it up plant native trees, shrubs.

I see no way to provide privacy without blocking the view. On the lower house the cars must be parked where seen and the entry is on the side. (As an aside, put a railing on the entry.. It is an accident waiting to happen). Is it really important since they will be sharing the same lakeshore area?
 
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That's a beautiful location. You could add a fence along the parking area to the lower cottage. Add landscaping or smaller trees to add a layer of privacy.

Good luck!


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