Northwest Bay Residence: Timeless Quality

Lake George Custom Home Design

From an abandoned campground to a modern ‘Great Camp’, Balzer and Tuck designed this award-winning waterside retreat in Bolton Landing, New York. Today, the Northwest Bay Residence serves the client as both a comfortable single-family home and a gathering place for three generations of family.

Drawing from the historical camps of the region, the design is defined by low-slung roofs, deep overhangs, exposed timbers, and locally-quarried stone. The linear arrangement follows the shoreline, takes advantage of views, and creates flexible open spaces for both intimate living and public entertaining.

Capitalizing on the sloping site, Balzer and Tuck introduced a three-story design to reduce the overall footprint. The three stories also create a sense of separation between private and public spaces, with sleeping areas above and below the main level

Outside the main house, the existing waterfront structure was reconfigured to remove portions that extended beyond the high water mark. This renewed outbuilding serves as the recreation center and provides overflow guest accommodations.

“From how we function in our home, to how we entertain, celebrate holidays, and the importance of having comfortable living space for multiple generations – Balzer and Tuck listened carefully and incorporated our wish list into a design that exceeded our expectations.”

Featured in the Simply Saratoga Home & Garden May 2019 Issue

Project Details

  • Extensive site work, including the removal of a multi-stall outhouse pavilion, buried motor fuel storage and pump station, and existing paved parking areas
  • Passive stormwater management system reduced post development run-off by 58%


2009 Merit Award from AIA Eastern New York
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