New home developments popping up all around the lake this spring include The Hideaway at StillWaters, which will offer cottage homes with additional amenities inside the gates at the original development on Lake Martin’s east side.

Bruce Stewart of Thompson Craft, a design and consulting company, is heading up the project for an Auburn development group. The groundbreaking for the project will be held March 6 with a start on the infrastructure on March 11.

The development will include 34 home sites on a 12-acre property that also will feature a swimming pool for The Hideaway neighborhood, as well as dedicated boat slips, dock areas and waterfront privileges. Landscaping maintenance will be part of the homeowners’ association package at $188 per month.

“We wanted to offer homeowners the luxury of being able to just come to the lake and enjoy themselves without having to think about mowing the yard before they can go out on the water,” Stewart explained.

The development also will offer enclosed boat storage at an additional cost with preference given to The Hideaway homeowners.

Cottage-style home templates are available for review and could be adapted to meet homeowner needs, pending architectural committee approval, Stewart said. The cottage exteriors feature stonework paired with hardy plank siding and wood trims, along with some natural cedar, along with composite materials for decking. The template interiors include hardwood flooring with Shaker-style cabinets and horizontal wood paneling on accent walls.

The templates were designed by Stewart, who has a history in woodwork, including millwork.

The waterfront homes in the development are expected to achieve price points at $600,000, with homes toward the back of the neighborhood at $300,000, Stewart said.

“The property has 75 feet of elevation from the back of the property to the water, and we have oriented the home sites to give each one a good view of the water,” Stewart explained. “One of the benefits of home sites at the back of the property is that each one will have that dedicated boat slip and use of the dock area, so they will have access to the lake as well as views.”

For information about home sites at The Hideaway, contact Stewart at 334-224-9851 or visit the website at