Ornate Lakeside Luxury

Builder: Don Oscai, OC Construction

Interior design: Designs by Yvette Morgan


When Don Oscai, builder with OC Construction, was brought on to aid in the addition of this lakeside home, he immediately got to work putting together his dream team. “The main thing the homeowner wanted was to create a ‘wow’ factor,” explains Oscai. “With that comes a certain level of detail and precision, so we had a pretty limited subbase. We had to be very intentional about who we invited in, and we were fortunate in that everybody that walked in understood that this was going to be a different type of project.”


By Christina Cannon  |  Photography by Philip Slowiak

Lakeside Grandeur

The home’s grandiose nature is evident in its outdoor living space. The gently curving infinity pool seems to be one with the lake, and an elevated spa gives unmatched sightlines of the woods and water. An open-air living area features a towering stacked-stone fireplace and provides plenty of space to gather around a fire and outdoor TV. A covered terrace offers up yet another seating arrangement, and the entire outdoor area is punctuated with pops of bright blue and green, adding a dash of style. To learn more about OC Construction, contact 423.595.4168 or occonstruction@hotmail.com.

Inside the home’s living room, the ornate details of the French country style that the homeowners are so fond of begin to emerge. Another stacked-stone fireplace, similar to the one found on the outdoor terrace, grounds the room. A palette full of neutrals is accentuated with hints of light blue and eloquently complements the dark wooden beams that work to draw the eye upward to the peak of the cathedral ceilings. These beams provide a stark contrast against the white tongue and groove walls and ceiling that almost exclusively make up the interior of the home.

Open to the living room is the home’s kitchen, which follows through on the existing color palette. Here, an original La Cornue range from France served as the starting point for much of the kitchen’s design. The range’s beautiful muted blue is repeated in not one, but two kitchen islands.

“The beauty of this kitchen is the way we designed the islands,” explains Becky Worley of Classic Cabinetry. “We reversed the seating from the way you would normally see it and made it to where you can sit one way to get a stunning view of the lake, but then you can also turn around and be part of whatever is happening at the prep island.”

Brushed brass cremone bolts can be found on select cabinets and play off of the accents on the range. These colors are carried even further with two eloquent pendant lights and the hardware that dots the remainder of the cabinetry. White beaded inset flat panel cabinetry keeps the room bright, while an ornate range hood and several glass-front cathedral mullion cabinets build on the existing French country theme.


Appliances and lighting and plumbing fixtures: Ferguson

Cabinetry: Classic Cabinetry

Cabinetry design: Becky Worley, Classic Cabinetry

Countertops and tile: Stone Source, Inc.

The same signature blue color used on the kitchen cabinetry spills over into these neighboring rooms. A chic mud room leading to the garage is a catch-all and provides customizations for all of the homeowners’ needs. Here, a small built-in office nook gives way to traditional coat and shoe storage before transitioning to a lakeside living necessity – life jacket storage.

The home’s laundry room, one door over, repeats many of the colors, textures, and materials of the mud room. Printed porcelain tile runs throughout, and an apron-front sink adds a dose of character. A custom dog kennel is covered with a stylish metal grate, and food and water bowls are hidden just out of sight.

“When it came to the laundry room, we really needed it to do a lot of different things. Because they are right on the lake, the homeowners wanted a commercial ice maker, but they still had plenty of laundry to do,” says Worley. “We have open space for laundry baskets and hampers behind cabinet doors that keep the laundry organized and out of the way, but this room also stores gift wrap materials, extra serving dishes, you name it. This space is really very functional, and there’s a lot going on in this little room.”


Cabinetry: Classic Cabinetry

Cabinetry design: Becky Worley, Classic Cabinetry

Countertops and tile: Stone Source, Inc.

“The unique thing about this coffered ceiling is how many elements we have going on,” says Oscai. “When we decided to replace nearly all of the sheetrock with tongue and groove paneling, we tore down the whole ceiling and built it back. The end result was what you see here, which has seven different trim components reflected in each box.”

Wire-brushed French oak flooring carries visitors down a short hallway to the master suite. From the bedroom, expansive windows and doors give an unencumbered view of the lake and lead on to a screened-in porch. The same soft colors and tongue and groove wall paneling provide cohesion, and a cast stone fireplace dishes out a hint of warmth. In the bathroom, white cabinetry features turn post accents, providing a nod to the design of the kitchen cabinetry, and crystal pulls mimic the doorknobs seen throughout the home. A spa-like shower, complete with lavish tile work, features an array of rain heads and body sprays, and a nearby clawfoot tub is prime for relaxation.


Cabinetry: Classic Cabinetry

Cabinetry design: Becky Worley, Classic Cabinetry

Countertops and tile: Stone Source, Inc.

Trim: Interior Trim & Supply, Inc.

Windows: East Chattanooga Lumber & Supply Co.

Just off the master suite, a spacious screened-in porch provides a relaxing respite. Cool flagstone ties into the collection of blue accents and textiles seen throughout the home, both inside and out. Dark tongue and groove ceiling planks correspond with the beams inside and round out the luxurious area. “With this home, it’s the little details that really make it unique,” says Oscai. “Everywhere you turn, there is some feature, element, or accessory that makes other homeowners stop and think, ‘Why didn’t I do that?’ Everything is expertly accented, and it makes the whole home and everyone’s work look outstanding.”


Outdoor furniture: Fowler Brothers Co.

Additional tile: Wilkerson Tile Co., LLC


Brick: ACME Block and Brick Inc.  |  Brick installation: Ruben Ibarbo, Ruben’s Masonry  |  Custom painting: Mike Jarvis Painting  |  Electrical contractor: Jeff Ridge, Ridge Electric  |  Flooring: Matthew Bowen, Floor Designs  |  Interior doors and trim: Junior’s Building Materials  |  Ironwork: Jeff Sparks, Tubal Cain Ironworks  |  Landscape architect: Craig Design Group  |  Landscaping: Fischer Landscaping; Denham Landscape  |  Outdoor kitchen and fire pit waterfalls: Southern Hearth & Patio  |  Plumbing contractor: Raymond Farley, Farley Plumbing  |  Pool design: Steve Norris Pools  |  Pool patio contractor: Alvin T. Cox Construction  |  Slate roofing and copper gutters: Mike Overall, Smokey’s Roofing  |  Trim installation: James Milling, JDM Construction LLC

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