Lake Living Inspires Serenity 7

For many area residents, living on a lake provides the tranquility of home combined with nature. Whether the house is at Lake Quivira, Smithville or Lake Lotawana, these residences often offer a slice of splendor. Over the decades, structures originally built for weekend getaways have been remodeled. Or, owners raze their homes to make room for more permanent living. In a few rare cases, lots lay empty. One such place graces the shores of Lake Lotawana.

In 2007, on undeveloped waterfront, the owner built a three-story dream retreat which has the bones of a historic home and the skin of new construction. Its gray shingled exterior with white accents is reminiscent of the extraordinary homes which dot Lake Michigan and the Eastern Seaboard. A second story turret, clerestory dormer windows and curved porch railings add unmeasured style.

This four-bedroom, four-bath house oozes nostalgia. It holds memories—and promises—of sunny summers and holiday family gatherings. The house faces east, so on hot summer afternoons, massive trees shade the dock. Sitting on the wraparound porch is like being in a treehouse—a perfect place to congregate for coffee, reading or wine. On lazy fall and winter weekends, the owners cuddle in blankets on the porch or curl before one of the home’s four fireplaces.

For many area residents, living on a lake provides the tranquility of home combined with nature. Whether the house is at Lake Quivira, Smithville or Lake Lotawana, these residences often offer a slice of splendor. Over the decades, structures originally built for weekend getaways have been remodeled. Or, owners raze their homes to make room for more permanent living. In a few rare cases, lots lay empty. One such place graces the shores of Lake Lotawana.With cozy fires in mind, the owner designed the house in the fall. She sketched her basic floor plan on a legal pad and referred to saved clippings for inspiration. An architect brought those drawings to life, and a friend helped with the design details such as trim, windows and interior transom doors complete with glass knobs. Interior colors, influenced by a quilt made by the owner’s great-grandmother, are light, cool and calm. A large wood-burning fireplace is a centerpiece in the main floor great room. A grand arched window faces the water, and beautiful views are the primary focus, connecting the indoors and out.

The kitchen’s gas fireplace is surrounded by ceramic tile. Painted shaker cabinets in light gray-green, a stunning marble countertop, white walls and lofty views create a cheerful gathering spot for family and friends.

In the master bedroom, chairs flank another fireplace and cushioned window seats provide tranquil charm. An array of windows and the white beamed ceiling give the space airiness. The guest bathroom sink is set in a converted antique buffet. An elevator services all three floors, making it easy to carry laundry up or take swim and picnic supplies down to the dock.

Walk through the landscaped lawn to reach the lake and explore the original summer house. Updates include a bath, kitchenette and TV, which make it a great party space. The nearby dock has slips for two boats; however, the owners have covered one well to use as a swim/sun deck.

A three-car garage stands at the top of the property. It includes an upstairs bonus room which is ready to convert to an office, studio or playroom, continuing the dream.