The Sand Harbor Way community in Port Clinton is featured in this year’s Parade of Homes. For more great homes, check out the Parade of Homes supplement in this issue of The Beacon.
Dave and Mary Gill founded East Ottawa Builders to construct their new Sand Harbor Way community in Port Clinton, and quickly saw the need to create homes to fit the vacationland lifestyle. Designed for families with various outdoor recreational hobbies and sports, the two-bedroom homes combine an open floor plan with an oversized garage that can handle toys both large and small.
“When we sat down with paper and pencil, we focused on creating a new concept that combines beautiful, quality-built two-bedroom homes, each with an oversized garage for recreational gear or the ultimate workshop,” said Gill. “The oversized garage in each home has plenty of room for a boat on a trailer, a recreational vehicle or jet skis and motorcycles, as well as the family car.”
The idea was to design homes for people who are looking to downsize, whether in a vacation home or a year-round residence, but don’t want to give up their outdoor recreational opportunities, said Gill, who has been in the excavating and marine construction business in Ottawa County for 30 years.
The extra-large garage space can handle relatively large boats, rather than having to store them for the winter, has large doors with automatic openers and is heated with a gas Reznor heater. The space is 27-feet by 41-feet, with 14.5-foot ceilings. It is perfect for a man cave, well-equipped workshop or gardening center, as well as social space for visitors.
Included is a home security system, an open floor plan, granite counter tops and a semi-private porch. The Gills work with Jo Kopchak at Carter Kitchen and Bath to design the perfect kitchen and baths.
The homes have a spacious first-floor master suite with two closets and a step-in shower. The second floor has a second suite with a large closet and linen closet.
“Home buyers will appreciate that our homeowners association takes care of the yard work in summer and plows snow in winter,” said Gill. “That ensures owners who are here for the weekend, in retirement or year-round will have lots of time to enjoy Lake Erie and the many local attrations.”
Home buyers have access to nearby marina docks and a sandy beach that can accessed by golf cart or a short walk.
“We’re located in the heart of Vacationland,” said Mary Gill. “Home owners will be close to ferries to the Lake Erie islands, restaurants, golf, entertainment and shopping. The long list of attractions range from fishing and boating on Lake Erie to many state parks, the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, lighthouses in Marblehead and Port Clinton, the National Rifle and Pistol Matches at Camp Perry and all of the fun found at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island.”