Go Behind the Scenes of Lake Life

On the show, Nate and Justin Herman get busy creating one-of-a-kind waterfront creations for their customers, like a double-decker dock and 10,000-pound volcano-man cave.
By: Marion Kirkpatrick
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A Family Affair

Nate Herman (pictured left) and his younger brother Justin live by four things: God, country, fish and food. Even when they're working, they want to be on the lake. That's why they decided to turn their passion for the water into a family business, Herman Bros. Lake and Land Management. You can see them in action on DIY Network's new show Lake Life.

Fun is Their Business

The Herman Brothers grew up fishing and playing on the lake. And if there's one thing they know, it's how to create an unforgettable lakeside experience. So each day they set out to create one-of-a-kind waterfront creations for their customers that are both fun and functional. 

An Explosive Project

For their first project, Nate and Justin (pictured left) decided to build an ice fishing cabin for their parents, Greg and Beth Herman, on their 90-acre lakeside property in Farmington, Il. The catch: It will look like a giant volcano.

Built to Scale

While the Herman Bros. crew has to work hard to accomplish such elaborate projects, there's always a little time to be silly when you work on the lake. However, they never do anthing lightly. Not only will the Herman's cabin be built to look like a volcano, the "Mancano" will weigh around 12 tons and sit at more than 15 feet tall.

Rock Solid Building Techniques

The faux-rock exterior of the "Mancano" was created by sculpting large sections of Styrofoam insulation with a chainsaw. Once attached to the structure, they coated it with spray-on mud, patching and covering the seams by hand. Here, Alan, a member of the Herman Bros. crew, focuses on making the exterior look spectacular. 

Bringing the Heat (and Air)

In order to be a proper man cave, the "Mancano" had to have power. Nate and Justin wanted to keep energy costs low for their parents, so they installed a solar panel power system. For long winters full of ice fishing, the cabin will be heated by a gas-burning fireplace. In the summer, it's cooled down by a fan system built from a salvaged car radiator.

Dad's Backyard Retreat

Besides an ice-fishing hole, they boys made sure the cabin had everything Greg might want in his man cave, including a flatscreen television and entertainment console.

A Place for Mom

After dad's needs were met, the boys focused on mom. For Beth, they build a second-level lounge and dining area so that she can enjoy time with family on the lake and relax with a beautiful view.

Lake-to-Table Dining

The dock also features a prep area overlooking the water. Now Greg and Beth can catch, clean and grill some delicious fish without ever leaving the dock.

For the Fidler Family

Herman Bros. next lakeside project was for the Fidlers, a couple with two young daughters. The crew had already built them a fantastic, two-story boathouse. But now the family is ready to take their dock to the next level, creating a fun and fully functional space with plenty of things to do.

Kid-Friendly Fun

Nate was determined to give the Fidler's daughters an exciting and safe place to play. However, it turned out to be a little harder than he thought.

Fun in the Sun

Their dreams were realized when the crew finished installing a waterslide and a climbing wall for the girls. Now they could have hours of fun with their friends, swimming and playing on the dock.

Rest and Relaxation

While the little ones are swimming out all their energy, the adults can relax and enjoy the beautiful view in their front-row seats, two comforable lounge chairs.

Fishing Out of Water

For dad, the crew installed a comfortable fishing chair on the dock where he can catch dinner and enjoy a beer without having to take out the boat.

Gone Fishin'

In fact, with a fish tank and prep area on the lower level and a grilling and dining area above, he never has to leave the boathouse at all! It's a good thing, too, because life on the lake is all about making more time to relax.