Turtle Lake Cottage

Turtle Lake Cottage

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April 2011 Update

Happy Spring! 

Turtle Lake did not get the memo nor see the calendar that it is April and snow is no longer permitted. As I am penning this, it is snowing quite heavily and there is thunder and lighting.  The thunder sounds like fighter jets passing overhead.  Although, I do have to admit, it is quite beautiful! Yesterday, there was a herd of deer meandering through the surrounding property.

We did receive our final HERS (House Energy Rating System) score and it remained at 36.  While we were disappointed it didn't go lower, our architect says it is the 3rd lowest HERS score he is aware of in the State of MI.  If you check the HERS rating chart on the right, you can see that 36 is a great achievement!

The next step is completing the process for LEED certification.  Eric  Hughes is our LEED certification professional as well as our architect.

We bought some new furniture and moved some from our current home.  The cottage feels like home.  We have been looking at kayaks to purchase and are waiting for the ice to melt on the lake.  Luna Luz enjoys perching on all the wide window sills. (Georgie passed away a couple of weeks ago, but did make it up for one visit to the cottage).

Hope you enjoy the pictures!  Thanks to all of you for your continued interest and following our project!


  1. Am so sad to hear about Georgie's passing!!
    Your new home looks really great. Congrats on your great HERS rating.
    Wishing you two many happy memories in your new home.

  2. Time out, cousins! That is a cottage??????????? Looks like a woodsy Palace to me!!!! What fun! It's really beautiful!!!!
    Love you both,
    Cousin Lisa