Rustic Lakeside Luxury

Feature Home


By Christina Cannon  |  Photography by Philip Slowiak


Inspired by a rustic chateau in Colorado, this stately home relies heavily on the use of natural materials in order to create unique lakeside living. An expertly curated lineup of stone and wood dominates both the home’s exterior and interior for a cozy lodge feel. Stone and shake siding are dotted with chocolate-framed windows for a refined and elegant approach that invites visitors inside. 

Builder: Jeff Fava, Associated Builders  |  Interior design, furniture, and artwork: dWELLing

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What appears to be a more linear design from the outside of the home is quickly transformed upon entry. Inside, vaulted 30-foot ceilings are supported by a series of thick, custom-stained Southern yellow pine glulam beams and gable brackets, all of which contribute to a sense of grandeur. “The beams were really the cornerstone of this project,” explains Jeff Fava of Associated Builders. “They are what this home is all about. We basically had to build this home in reverse, which always provides challenges. Since most of the beams are structural and not just decorative, we had to put them in as a finished product while we completed the other layers. They were exposed to the atmosphere, and we had to ensure they stayed dry, but we liked the complexity that came with a build like this.” 

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Beams and glulams: Galyon Timber & Glulam, Inc.


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Acacia hardwood floors run throughout most of the home, including the dining room. In this room, ponderosa pine comprises the back wall and matches two inset areas that flank the great room’s fireplace. The bluish-gray streaking builds on the character of the existing grain and ties in with the stained beams, providing the home with cohesion despite the varied materials. A white pine tongue-and-groove ceiling is outfitted with recessed lighting, and a large beam that hangs above a farmhouse-style table is entangled in Edison bulb-style lights for an added industrial element.

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From the dining space, visitors can round a prep counter for access to the open-concept kitchen. A prep island is topped with luxurious granite countertops, while another wood-topped island accommodates five barrel-backed barstools for those wanting to stay out of the action while remaining nearby. A gourmet range is entirely encased with ashlar-patterned stone, and a split fridge and freezer are bisected by even more counter space, perfect for prep or serving. In a space that’s diagonal from the kitchen and dining room is a chic work area. Here, a small desk rests in the center of an alcove, and wall-to-wall cabinetry can easily store any equipment necessary for the perfect home office set-up.

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Traveling down a hallway to the right of the common space takes guests to the master suite. A large fireplace mimics that of the living room, as well as the kitchen’s range surround, and stretches to the 12-foot barrel ceiling. “Another great thing about the beams being structural means many of these walls were not load-bearing, so we were able to really open things up and make the windows and doors as large as we needed to and capture the view,” adds Fava. Full-view windows without any grids allow for exactly that, and traditional transoms are traded for vent windows along the bottom perimeter.

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In the master bathroom, some of the home’s richer colors and wood materials are replaced with cooler tones. A solid granite tub separates two vanities topped with vessel sinks, while chrome side-mounted faucets and cabinetry pulls offer a sleek touch. Crystal and glass lighting fixtures punctuate the space, which is rounded out with an oversized shower and lively botanicals for a spa-like feel.

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Traveling to the other side of the home takes visitors past another area primed for relaxation – a home theater complete with a state-of-the-art sound system and 135-inch screen – and to the home’s spacious laundry room. In the laundry room, wood-look tile runs throughout the space, and three custom built-in nooks keep shoes, coats, and sports equipment out of the way. A center island with matching perimeter cabinetry is topped with leathered granite and offers up plenty of workspace.

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Outside the home, luxury is not sacrificed. A travertine patio is topped with a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen. Grills, griddles, smokers, and more provide an easy way to feed a crowd, and a nearby arrangement of cushion-topped wicker furniture offers up seating for five and is surrounded by fiddle-leaf fig trees, which energize the area. “This home is pretty unconventional for what you would find in the area,” says Fava. “A lot of what we had to do to execute the build was very detailed and required a high level of technical ability and craftsmanship, but we’re very pleased with the fit and finish of this home. It takes a custom complex house like this to deliver such a high reward.”

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Other Suppliers:

Additional tile: Sterling Tile

Air sealing: AirSeal, LLC

Air testing: AirTite, LLC

Appliances: Siano Appliance

Asphalt roofing: Ramírez Roofing

Beams and trusses installation: Rebuilt Construction

Cabinetry: Cloud Springs Cabinetry

Counters and tile: Tile Source

Custom painting: Tommy Broom Painting

Electrical: Tatum Electric

Flooring: Hank’s Carpet & Flooring


Interior doors and trim: Junior’s Building Materials

Landscaping: Clear Creek Custom Outdoors, LLC

Lighting fixtures: Home Galleria

Metal roofing: Penland Metal Roofing

Plumbing fixtures: JG Plumbing, Inc.

Stone: Montes Stone Products

Stone mason: Ciho Portilla Masonry

Woodworking: Mark Smith Woodworking

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