The Yates Home
For Billy and Sonya Yates, their luxurious lakeside home has been a long time coming. When the duo first purchased the property 12 years ago, they immediately built a dock to cater to fun weekends on the water – but the work stopped there. The couple, who at the time were successful small business owners, always felt that life was too busy and the timing never quite right. Fast forward over a decade, and the Yates’ children had left the nest, making it an ideal time to take on the task of building their dream home. Sonya and Billy teamed up with Mike Varner of Mike Varner Construction and work ensued.
By Christina Cannon / Photography by Creative Revolver
“Our business was always very busy, and so we just kept waiting,” says Sonya. “When we first started work on the house, we were working six days a week, so we wanted this to be a place that almost felt like a getaway or a vacation.”
Another goal for their new home? For it to be a place where they could retire and age gracefully without challenges. “A lot of this home was built with the intention of what could possibly happen as we get older,” adds Billy. With wide doorways and hallways – and even an elevator to access other floors of the home – Sonya and Billy can stay focused on living in the present.
The home’s exterior instantly conveys a sense of grandeur with its four-car garage that sits just below three prominent dormer windows. Cedar shake siding is broken up with stacked stone, and together the materials contribute to the rustic aesthetic that Sonya is so fond of.
“I really like rustic design, but we had to be mindful to use it in moderation whenever we were building,” explains Sonya. “That style, with the exception of mountain homes, is one of those things that can be here today and gone tomorrow. I just picked a few of my favorite elements and used those. Aside from that, I wanted a timeless design that won’t go out of style.”