FdM:Arch reconfigured and updated an existing 1960s North Carolina lake house with particular sensitivity, seeing that our client had grown up in the home. We opened up the structure to make it a more spacious residence, added a guesthouse and concepted a design that made the lake a showcase piece.
A new two-bedroom, split-level addition (complete with living, dining and kitchen areas) was connected to the main house via a covered walkway, allowing guests to be self-sufficient yet in direct access to the home of their hosts. It also enabled FdM:Arch to transform the “new” main house into fewer but more generous spaces. By removing a mezzanine-level bedroom, we were able to express the houses central volume as a dramatic double-height space. The angled “wings” off the central house was turned into a single space master bedroom and kitchen, and the basement level became a guest room and office, respectively.
The entire south side of the house features large windows looking out on the home’s most prized possession: a stunning lake. This south side is made all the more dramatic by the fact that the north “front side” of the house is opaque, with just a single peek-a-boo window looking out onto the driveway. This “open” and “closed” concept is an expressive gesture that truly sets the Lake House apart.
- Place Mooresville, NC
- Date 1999
- Client Adelaide Horton, John Fraley
- Area 5,000 SF
- Architect Francois de Menil Architect, PC
- Structural Engineer Robert Silman Associates, PC
- MEP Engineer By Contractor
- Landscape Architect N/A
- Lighting Francois de Menil Architect, PC
- Contractor Kelly Custom Builders, Inc.