Story by Tracy Nicholson
Photography by Jonathan Calix, ABOVO
Capturing the lake view from every important room on the main level is not an easy task, but Dietrich Homes was up for the challenge. Located on Lake Lizzie, Kelly and Sheri Cooper's lakeside abode is the perfect combination of traditional and rustic, with expertly designed details from floor to beautiful ceiling. With four adult children, Dietrich Homes gave them plenty of room to grow and a warm atmosphere that invites friends, family and sunset soirees.
Capturing the View
Demoing the existing cabin last October, Dietrich Homes had several goals to achieve for the Coopers and their family of six. "First and foremost was tying the views of the lake into every major room and space in the home," said Dietrich Homes' President, Clay Dietrich. "The only spaces on the main floor without views of the lake are service areas like the laundry, pantry, rear entry and closets. We also made sure they had easy access to the home from the lake and patio areas." The main floor would serve all of the family's needs while the second floor's design would provide ample space for their four adult children.
By the Number
Designing Lakeside Luxury
To design the lake home's interior, Heather Sagvold of Dietrich Homes worked with the Coopers to seamlessly fuse two styles using a warm color palette and natural elements such as stone and wood. "They wanted to mix their traditional style with a rustic feel that didn’t look out of place at the lake. They also love texture so I tried to incorporate a variety of materials in each space of the home," said Sagvold. "The Coopers were great to work with; we picked out all of the finishes up front and when we started the build, the process went very smoothly."
"At our first meeting, the creative team asked a lot of questions about how we wanted the home to function, what our must-haves were, as well as what was on our wish list. They put together a complete design including the floor plan, product and material suggestions that captured our vision for the property. Once construction started, the Dietrich Homes team executed the plan to perfection."
A Vision & A View
"This home has feature upon feature," said Dietrich. "The great room is my favorite space, with its soaring ceilings and two-story windows that offer a fantastic lake view; it sets the tone for this home the minute you walk through the front door." The great room's massive windows measure 25-feet high by 19-feet wide, perfectly complemented by a wood plank ceiling and two-story stone hearth. The ceiling height over the great room, foyer and upstairs bridge reach 26 feet at its peak. Below, the heated flooring was chosen in varying widths in a wood grain, porcelain tile for durability; able to withstand lake life's sun, sand and water.
At the heart of the Cooper's lake home, Dietrich Homes worked with Ira's Custom Cabinets to design a stunning space with raised panel maple cabinetry, painted cream with a coffee glaze. The professional kitchen features Wolf appliances, a wine fridge, a custom-designed copper hood, a large walk-in pantry, and an oversized island in close proximity to the dining room. "They wanted enough room for a dining table to be expanded to seat 12 and a kitchen island that would seat six to eight people. With this space opening to the two-story great room, it makes for a fantastic gathering space," said Sagvold.
Man caves don't always need to be hidden below ground. With a slab-on-grade floorplan, the Cooper's requested a cozy, main floor space that would give them lake views and a space for entertaining, with easy access to the patio. Working again with Ira's Custom Cabinets, the team design stained, knotty alder, flat-panel bar cabinetry with two liquor drawer stacks and oil-rubbed bronze hardware.
Master Suite Dreams
The Cooper's gorgeous, main-floor master suite begins with a unique, vaulted wood plank ceiling and striking chandelier, then transitions to an adjacent sitting area sanctuary with a wall-mounted flat screen and fireplace.
Inside their jaw-dropping master bath, Sagvold helped the Coopers design an inviting retreat flanked with porcelain slate tile, custom cabinetry and mirrors, spa soaker tub with stone surround and custom make-up vanity. On the search for the shower? Just look behind the soaker tub where you will find a one-of-a-kind, walkthrough custom shower. Carrying the natural slate tones throughout, the team designed the shower with multiple rain-shower and adjustable heads, along with a pebble tile floor and stone seating area. Off to the side of the tub and vanity area, you'll find the custom walk-in closet designed by Dietrich Homes and JL Shelving.
Ease + Efficiency
The home was designed with an expansive laundry area including two stacked washers and dryers to sustain their growing family. For efficiency, the entire main floor and garage are heated with high-efficiency boiler floor heat. The home also has two high-efficiency, gas-forced air furnaces for heating the second floor and providing AC to the entire home.
Bold Bath Design
If you loved the attention-to-detail in the main living areas, you'll be in awe of the savvy smaller spaces. "My favorite designs are the three bathrooms on the main floor," said Sagvold. "The powder bath off the man cave has a custom wine barrel vanity that we sourced from a winery in Texas, then finished it with a copper vessel sink and stone wall detail. The other powder bath off the mudroom features a natural stone vessel sink with a floating, live-edge countertop and backsplash handcrafted by Tom Kemmer. And, finally, the master bath – what can you say about the tile work and that shower besides, pure love. Kudos to the trim guys at Dietrich Homes for all of the amazing tile work in this home."
Perched in the 26-foot ceiling peak, the upstairs features five bedrooms, two Jack & Jill bathrooms and one full bath. Follow the bridge walkway across to find the TV media room with bonus game and exercise room above the garage. "The Coopers wanted to make sure they had plenty of guest space for their friends and four adult children to comfortably stay, so we designed separate gathering spaces," said Sagvold.
"They wanted the exterior of the home to be rustic and feel like it fit into the landscape," explained Dietrich. "To do this, we combined 6x6 stained wood beams and brackets in the gables with vertical board and batten siding, shakes, and horizontal lap siding to achieve the proper mix. We also designed stone around the entire base of the home to anchor it into the landscape around it."
"Dietrich Homes was incredible to work with, from beginning to end. We have been through the construction process before, and the level of craftsmanship and attention-to-detail exceeded our expectations. We look forward to many years of enjoying our home with our family and friends."
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