Your Home: Summer Living The lake house A right-sized waterside camp in Vermont serves as a serene retreat. ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page A right-sized waterside camp in Vermont serves as a serene retreat. Photograph by Susan Teare Hundreds of camps line the shore of 1,000-acre Lake Dunmore, most of them modest structures constructed in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. In 2009, Lloyd Komesar and Maureen Carn purchased a small one on the lake, in Leicester. Tucked into a hillside, it was tired and un-winterized. “The foundation was in terrible shape, so salvaging the existing structure really wasn’t possible,” says architect Elizabeth Herrmann, hired by Komesar and Carn to design a new camp. Photograph by Susan Teare Komesar and Carn wanted a home with clean lines and a West Coast aesthetic. photograph by Susan Teare The first floor encompasses an open kitchen, dining, and living area. photograph by Susan Teare The master bedroom, with its stunning views of Lake Dunmore, opens onto a cantilevered deck. photograph by Susan Teare In the kitchen, maple cabinets and honed granite counters stick to a natural palette. photograph by susan teare The zoning board required that the new home be built within the footprint of the former structure and asked Herrmann to do all she could to minimize its impact on the lake. To this end, she devised a pair of dramatic cantilevered decks that jut toward the water. The design allows the decks to come close to the water’s edge without disturbing the shoreline, a solution that “the state’s water quality division embraced,” says Herrmann.