Tips for Building a House on Lake Norman

August 23, 2021


Known as North Carolina’s “Inland Sea”, Lake Norman boasts over 500 miles of shoreline, is larger than 32,000 acres, and offers vibrant sunsets, plenty of outdoor fun and recreation, and so much more — it’s no wonder why so many people are interested in building in the area. However, in order to live the lakefront lifestyle, you first need to find a builder to design and build a home for you.

At 4G Design Build, we are one of the top Lake Norman custom home builders. We have helped many clients build the home of their dreams on or near this beautiful lake that borders charming areas like Mooresville, Davidson Cornelius, and Denver. If you’re interested in building a custom lake house on Lake Norman, we’re the team you want to work with. Below, we share some tips for building a custom lake house on the largest man-made lake in the Carolinas.

 An image of the natural elements surrounding Lake Norman.

Embrace the Natural Elements

The Lake Norman area is full of nature. That’s why it is such a popular destination for outdoor recreation and activities. If you are planning on building here, it is important to embrace nature in the design of your home. Incorporate natural elements in both the interior and exterior. Think of different ways that your home can be built around the nature surrounding. Nature can be used to influence specific building materials, color palettes, and other structural and design elements in your home.

An image of Lake Norman from inside a custom home built by 4G Design.

Ensure Great Views

Many people want to build a house on Lake Norman for the spectacular views. If you want to ensure your home is accessible to these views, consider designing a two story home compared to a single story. Homes with multiple stories maximize the distances of what you’re able to see. Lake Norman is huge, so being able to see more of it wouldn’t be a bad thing. If you really want to maximize your views of the lake, consider designing a two-story house with lookouts, balconies, or roof patios.

An image of floor to ceiling windows that look out to an outdoor living space

Incorporate Big Floor to Ceiling Windows

Floor to ceiling windows is a trend that is often found in modern home design, but it can also be great for custom lakefront homes. This is a way to both surround yourself with nature and maximize the views you will have from the inside. Building a custom lake home with large windows will also ensure that there will be plenty of natural light available to brighten up your space and that you’ll have the opportunity to let fresh air in as well.

An image of a deck that has a great view of Lake Norman.

Consider Including a Porch or Patio

A lakefront house would feel incomplete without a porch or a patio. When you live on a lakefront, you’re going to want to be outside as much as possible, whether it’s during the warm summer nights, the brisk fall evening, or when Spring rolls around again after Winter. Building your home with a large porch or patio is a great choice as it can provide you with a place to enjoy the views and relax. 

There is so much thought and planning that goes into planning and building a custom lake house. That’s why it’s important to work with a custom home builder that has the proper experience. At 4G Design Build, we can help anyone interested in a Lake Norman custom home build. Contact us today to get started and receive more information.