9.30.2014

Lakehouse Transformation


We recently purchased a tiny little lakehouse on the nearby Lake Kemp that is located on the Waggoner Ranch (One of the largest ranches in the United States).  I have been very busy working to transform it into the jewel I know it can be.  It was pretty rough when we first saw it but we could see the good bones underneath the scary looking exterior.


My first thought as we drove down the drive was, "Oh I hope it isn't the one with the red roof"(red would make color choice harder for paint)  Guess what?  It was the one.  Now, I am an optimist so I looked beyond the shabby exterior and the red roof that was practically new (so no changing that very soon).  We stepped inside to see one windowless bathroom, 2 bedrooms (one without a window), a small kitchen, dining area and living room.  The house had been occupied by mice and spiders (Eeeeewwwwwwwwww!) in the absence of the owners and their were obvious signs of the bachelor days of their kids but, I saw those french doors and those huge floor to ceiling windows across the wall and I fell in love with it.  When I stepped outside onto the cement patio that hung out over the water, that love grew even more.  We looked at all the rest and decided it had possibility and we could do it.  The price was right and so the rest is history.

As soon as we could get the property transferred (there were a few hiccups) we then paid an astronomical price to get the electricity turned on and next we hired an awesome local contractor, Jim Martin, to work on the exterior.  They caulked, nailed, scraped, primed and painted.  It didn't quite turn out as I was hoping. It was not their fault thought...I hadn't got the color quite right...


It was a bit brighter than what I felt the neighbors could probably handle.  You have to understand that all my neighbors pretty much have tan homes.  I just couldn't fall into line with tan because this is a lake house and I wanted it to be fun.  I wanted to smile when I came down the drive.  This color just wouldn't do because it would just shock the neighbors completely in their tan worlds so I had to do some fast thinking.  I had already purchased all the paint I wanted to purchase at this point but I didn't let that rattle me because I have lots of paint at home from my many projects.  In that stash was some creamy white outdoor paint.  A little mixing with Jim Martin's trusty drill mixer and we had a color that wouldn't be quite so jarring to the neighbors eyes.


I know that aqua with a red roof is a bit unusual (I haven't seen a house painted these colors anyway) but I love those two colors together as proved by all the aqua and turquoise enamelware in my black and red kitchen.  When I drive into the little dirt road leading to our lake house, I smile.


This is the current view that greets me.  There is still much more work planned for this little gem which includes a new storm door and more windows.  I will keep you updated as we move along.  In the meantime let me show you the view from my new patio area that helped sell us on this lakehouse.


This is definitely the money shot and part of why we purchased this particular lakehouse.  What this shot doesn't show is that the view of this lake almost surrounds our house from this west side all the way around with the bay area that runs along the east side of our house.  We are out on a point and it gives us more than 180 degrees of lakeview to enjoy.  I can see many days of  beautiful sunrises and sunsets enjoyed from this very spot and I look forward to every single one.

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5 comments:

Stacey said...

Without a doubt that little spot by the lake is going to be wonderful! I actually love the aqua and red combo..it's very in. :)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow oh wow! First thought was yes this is a 'scary' looking little house, but I love what you did with the color of the exterior and your view is incredible. I know you will enjoy this for years to come. I look forward to seeing what all you do with this little jewel in the making.

Enjoy the process and please keep sharing pictures. FlowerLady

TexWisGirl said...

congratulations!!!

June said...

This is a gem Debra!!! And I ADORE the aqua and red!!!!!! You are going to love this place and have many years of joy here.
many hugs....

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The view is amazing and the aqua walls are exactly how I imagine a lake house in the United States. I can't wait to see what you'll do inside...