Gilford NH Lake House Craftsman Exterior

Updating A Gilford NH Lakefront Home

Gilford NH Lake House Craftsman Exterior
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Project Description

Location:   Lake Winnipesaukee, Gilford, NH 03249
Year Completed:   2022
SubcontractorsDecorative Interiors; Freer and Son Heating and Air Conditioning; ALLC Mechanical; Pella Windows and Doors; Forrest Noe Painting; High Definition Painting Inc; John Groesser Plastering; Lakeshore Electric; Energyshield of New Hampshire; Finer Tile and Masonry.

The homeowners purchased this beautiful 4,800 SQFT Gilford NH lakefront home and wanted to make it work well for their family and lifestyle. As the home was 20+ years old, the goal of this project was to completely renovate the interior and exterior. An open concept design was planned to improve the flow on the first floor. 

The Success Story

The entire exterior of this home was updated with durable, low maintenance products. Tando Beachhouse Shake Siding complements the evergreen aluminum fascia and soffits. TIVA PVC decking and Key-Link Fencing black cable railings transform this lakeside deck. Custom painted TruExterior exterior trim around the windows and entry doors match the fascia and soffits.

Previously, when you walked through the front door there was an obstructed view of Lake Winnipesaukee. This was due to a loft that covered half of the living space. We removed the loft area and completely re-framed the gable wall. Now, when you enter the home, all you see is a dramatic view of the lake.


The kitchen was completely redesigned with a new layout. The slate blue Viking range and wall oven are a favorite of the client. Along with the Cambria quartz countertops.

Additionally, a screened porch was built off the kitchen. This provides a wonderful outdoor entertaining space. Especially, during the buggy season in NH! 


The expansive deck on this home was built with TIVADEK Chestnut PVC decking. Key-Link cable railings give the deck a clean, modern look without sacrificing the 180 degree lake views. 

Lower Level:

Karndean Luxury Vinyl Plank, a waterproof, durable and resilient flooring, was used throughout the lower level including the bathrooms. Vinyl plank is a great choice for high traffic areas. Especially, where friends and family are coming in and out of the house from the lake and the yard.  

On the lower level there was an existing guest bathroom, with unfinished space behind the bedroom. To maximize the space, we opted to add an en suite bathroom to create a full guest suite.

The last stop on our lower level tour are the two home offices. Due to remote work, the professional homeowners both wanted custom spaces. Collaborating with Decorative Interiors, we designed and built two unique spaces fitting each homeowner’s personality and style.


Watch this Gilford NH lakefront home transform. Check out our home renovation docuseries where we share 9 months of project details. Each site visit video includes a home tour, teachable moments and Lakes Region vendor highlights.


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Modern Farmhouse Makeover: Lakefront Outdoor Living

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before and after modern farmhouse renovation

Project Description

Location:   Laconia, NH 03246
Year Completed:   2020
SubcontractorsLauren Milligan Design; Middleton Lumber; Cyr Lumber; Pella Windows and Doors
Commercial Photography:   Ridgelight Studio

The goal of this project was to make the most of the Lake Winnisquam waterfront. The homeowner wanted to fully experience lake life using multiple outdoor gathering spaces. The result is an updated, modern farmhouse style design with a screened porch with cathedral ceiling, a sitting area with fire pit and a third sitting/conversation area complete with smart home light features.

The Success Story

The entire exterior of the home was sided with Boral TruExterior siding and trim. (click the link to learn more about pricing and product details.) It is a low maintenance, moisture resistant wood-alternative that looks just like wood once it is painted. The homeowner chose a smooth white finish in a nickel gap and board and batten design.

All the white windows in the home were replaced with black Pella windows and a front porch was constructed. These were crucial design details that gave this traditional home that sought after, industrial farmhouse look. One last detail on the front of the home, was the addition of a garage overhang with smart, ambient lighting.

On the back of the house, we built a 16’ x 19’ screened in porch with cathedral ceiling. Each fir board was painstakingly chosen to build the tongue and groove design. The screen porch houses a 14-foot outdoor kitchen, fit for a chef with features like 100% weatherproof cabinets, Lynx appliances, a powerful exhaust hood and UV, scratch and stain resistant countertops. On the one wall, framed by insect, moisture-resistant board and batten siding, is a smart television nook. Another great feature for getting the family outdoors!

This outdoor living space also includes a sitting area with fire pit, plumbed into the propane, and a catwalk that leads you to a sitting/conversation area. The deck itself is Azek TimberTech PVC decking in the color cypress. The cocktail rail on the radius railing creates clean lines that lead you from one area to another.

This entire outdoor gathering space is custom designed for all day lake living. At night, the smart ambient lighting can be seen on the deck posts, under the steps and inside the ceiling of the screened in porch. Each light can be controlled via an app on the homeowner’s phone.

This modern farmhouse was part of The Lakes Region 2020 Parade of Homes. A self-guided tour of 8 crafted homes featuring superior designs by premier builders and trade professionals.


1. Best of the Lakes Region Best of Summer 2020 – September 5, 2020

2. The Laker Fall 2020 edition – fall 2020


NH Cornerstone Awards 2020 Winner
Gold – Residential Remodel $300,000 – $500,000
Gold – Best Design for Outdoor Kitchen
Silver – Outdoor Living Space

Client Feedback

Parade of Homes 2020 Tour


If you are interested in learning more about the home renovation process, watch our videos. Content includes drone footage of the build during the construction phase and views of the renovation from Lake Winnisquam.

living room with a panoramic lake view

The Refuge: Governor’s Island Renovation

living room with a panoramic lake view
10' ceiling white kitchen with coffered ceiling

Project Description

Client:   The Milligan Family
Location:   Governor’s Island, Gilford, NH 03249
Year Completed:   2017-2018
SubcontractorsDaniels Electric; Quality Insulation; Sheehan Tile; Master Plasters; No Limits Metalworks; Chadwick Mechanical; Meridian Construction; East Coast Foundations; Belknap Landscaping
Commercial Photography:   John Benford Photography

The client purchased this home in late summer of 2017 with the vision of creating a welcoming place that the extended family could gather and enjoy together.

The Success Story

We had to completely demo the interior and exterior of this building. The 30’ x 32’ open concept living area used to be three separate rooms with a fireplace in the middle. We removed the walls, re-framed the roof to move the ceilings up to 10’ and installed 1×8 V-groove in the coffered ceiling. This created a stunning space in the home which included the kitchen, dining table and TV sitting area. We also built the shelving and cabinetry around the fireplace in the music room. A coffered ceiling was built in the space with the addition of columns and pilasters to tie it all together.

We also added a laundry room, created a new powder room, remodeled the master bath, and built a stunning radius deck with attached screened porch. The deck includes a custom powder coated aluminum railing with mahogany rails and recessed panel newel posts. We also included an outdoor kitchen on the deck. All the gable ends were extended two feet to match the eaves with the addition of knee brackets on the front with gable brackets on the lake side.

This was a large scale, Governor’s Island renovation with many changes to the existing structure. One of the biggest challenges was trying to achieve the level of detail in the finish work. The home was a 1950’s structure with multiple additions and alterations throughout the years.

The result is a stunning home with beautiful landscape and outdoor living space.

Winning Design

NH Home Builders Association awarded this project the 2018 Cornerstone Silver Winner for Residential Remodel over $500,000. The Cornerstone Awards are presented yearly to recognize excellence in the building industry.

Client Feedback

Jeremy Doucet and Lighthouse Contracting Group know how to pay attention to the details.

We have known Jeremy for years, having contracted him to do many smaller projects. When considering a contractor to take on an extensive renovation of a house originally built in 1945, we chose someone we knew could handle the details…Jeremy Doucet and Lighthouse Contracting Group.

From the first day of construction, Jeremy and his team worked in complete harmony, always maintaining an immaculately clean job site and dealing with each new challenge only an older house can bring with careful consideration and a well-though out plan of action.

Attention to details, in-depth knowledge of both products and their applications and expert craftsmanship allow Lighthouse Contracting Group to excel in their delivery of a quality result. Jeremy is committed to completing his projects in perfect condition. I don’t think we ever had a chance to offer him a punch list because he had already addressed any unfinished items!

We highly recommend Jeremy Doucet and Lighthouse Contracting Group to anyone who would like to work with a true professional and quality craftsmen.

Thank you, Jeremy, for crafting your art and giving us a beautiful home to enjoy for years to come.

Jerry and Barbara
Jerry and Barbara
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Azek PVC Deck On The Lake

before custom deck design and build
after custom deck build

Project Description

Client:   Seghezzi Family
Location:   Laconia, NH 03246
Year Completed:   2016
Subcontractors:   Gilford Site Works

The existing deck was unsafe and not functional therefore we tore the deck down and rebuilt a new one in its place.

The Success Story

The existing deck at this house was unsafe, worn and unusable. This project required substantial planning and creative thinking. Due to the property’s proximity to the lake, the project required a DES Shoreline permit. Once the permits were approved, the site work was able to begin. The site work was completed by Gilford Site Works. They were able to create retaining walls in order to tier and level the landscape around the deck area.

The ultimate goal for this project was to ensure the space under the deck could accommodate a patio and/or hot tub area as well as storage. We were able to extend the deck out four feet laterally and include a new set of stairs by the garage in order to provide easier access for the customer to the deck from outside. In addition to those changes we also updated the existing exterior lighting and added additional lighting, including low voltage LED lighting on the railing posts and stair risers. Pressure treated engineered beams were used to support the structure. Often there are many inconsistencies in pressure treated lumber, therefore in order to ensure the best quality we ran every floor joist through a table saw in order to ensure each piece was identical. This provided a solid and level base so the deck floor was straight and flat. The materials used to complete the assembly of the deck were Azek PVC decking with Cortex hidden fasteners and Key Link cable railings. A custom cable gate was installed at the stairs to help contain the pets and secure the space.

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Farmer’s Porch Addition


Project Description

Client:   Oliver Family
Location:   Belmont NH 03220
Year Completed:   2015
Architect:   Mike Harvey; DMC Landscaping

This client had long desired to add a farmer’s porch on the front of their home but it was important to them that it was cohesive. Only the best materials were used for this project, durability and low maintenance were important factors. The intend to add granite steps in the future.

The Success Story

A clean look and added curb appeal were a couple of the main focuses for this project. It was also important that we chose the right materials for a cohesive look & durability. This porch is 8 feet wide and 44 feet long. The design achieved the desired look as if it were always there.

The porch features Azek decking with hidden fasteners, a tongue & groove beaded fir ceiling with dimmable recessed lighting and all the framing was wrapped with PVC. The railings were solid PVC railings for a more natural look & feel, unlike the typical hollow vinyl railing systems.

Client Feedback

We love the new farmer’s porch that Lighthouse Contracting Group built for us this past September. Jeremy was very attentive to our desires, and worked closely with us regarding the design, materials and features to stay within our price range. As importantly, they carefully engineered and constructed an attractive, very well-built addition to our home that will be valued and used by us for a long time.

Steve & Eileen Oliver
Steve & Eileen Oliver
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Mahogany Deck & Sitting Room Addition


Project Description

Client:   Stone Family
Location:   Laconia NH 03246
Year Completed:   2008

We built a 12 X 16 addition off the back of the house with a new mahogany deck, patio area and backyard. While doing so we also re-roofed the entire house and built a new custom staircase in the front foyer.

The Success Story

This backyard was in desperate need of a makeover. We took the existing porch & deck space and turned it into a 18 x 16 sitting room with a beautiful mahogany deck attached. The landscaping was due for some improvements so we pushed the tree line back to make a bigger back yard, added a nice patio for grilling and entertaining on those beautiful summer days, and we also added some plantings & an irrigation system for low maintenance.

Inside, when you first walked through the front door was this ugly “builder grade” staircase. The staircase is in the middle of the house so we decided to make it a show piece. We opened up the staircase by using mitered treads so that the balusters would go down into the tread rather than into a knee wall. From there we added a bullnose step with a climbing volute handrail, iron balusters and an over the post railing system with oak treads.