“When I first met with the homeowner, she told me she wanted to remodel her home, which was about 11,000 square feet,” says Erica Lea Hendrix, owner and lead designer of Erica Lea Design Studios. “I didn’t realize we were going to be gutting it first, then remodeling and adding on. We essentially rebuilt the entire house."
Originally constructed in the mid 1990s, the old floor plan didn’t meet the specifications of the homeowners, and although another couple had renovated the home prior to the current owners taking possession, the updates were now in need of updating. But the location, with its breathtaking panoramic views, was idyllic, and the homeowners knew Hendrix and the right team could transform the property into exactly what they envisioned. With three grown children living in three different states, one spouse working out of state and an aging father-in-law they planned to make a permanent resident, the place needed to be comfortable enough for daily living and traveling guests, yet still exude contemporary, high-end design.
From this vantage point, the eye glides across the breakfast bar into the kitchen due to the clean lines and bare spaces that were fundamental to the project’s overarching design. “I can’t stand clutter,” says the homeowner. “That’s why there’s this kitchen and then a galley kitchen behind it where people can drop off their food and bags and stuff when they come over. It’s a little hidden gem that I love.”
Daylight from windows overlooking the pool dances off the undulating swirls of the kitchen’s hard-to-acquire granite backsplash, which came with an unforeseen predicament. “During construction, it fell off the wall and broke,” Hendrix says. “I had a panic attack thinking we’d never be able to replace it, but we were able to fix it along a fissure, and now you can’t even tell that happened.”Identical to those in the bar area, walnut-stained cabinet panels bring warmth to one of two kitchens. This is the full kitchen, used to prepare family dinners and entertain friends. Designed to blend in but large enough to stand out, a 72-inch-wide Sub-Zero refrigeration system guarantees no one ever goes hungry.Guests get a taste of local flavor when seated around this enormous dining table. The top is a 15-foot-long, raw-edge slab of bur oak taken from the Liberty Tree, a Branson landmark until arborists deemed it hazardous and forced its fall several years ago.
“We wanted everyone to always have somewhere to come to no matter where they are,” says the homeowner, who prefers to remain anonymous. “But we knew if we wanted to live in it and use it like that, we needed to make some changes."
Hendrix joined forces with Mark Critchfield, founding principal of Mainline Group Architecture Inc., and Kent Brokaw, owner of Branson Builders Contracting Inc., to plan a new design that ultimately doubled the home’s footprint, increased functionality and modernized the interior aesthetic.Gazing down from the highest level of the home, the dramatic presence of a stair tower commands attention. The tower was erected on the property’s northeast side to allow easy access to newly constructed bedroom suites on the third floor, as well as the roof.A revamp of the formal staircase that was part of the original home required on-site welding due to its unusual radius. Custom built “people pickets,” as Hendrix refers to them, lead guests to the second floor and add a whimsical touch to the metalwork.
There were several other notable components exclusive to such a sizable undertaking. The two biggest challenges for the builder and the budget were creating an entire third floor out of an existing attic and figuring out how to install two different types of outdoor decking flush with each other on top of a concrete foundation poured 24 feet above the lake’s shoreline.Standing pebble tile in the outdoor shower conjures up the notion of skipping rocks on the lake, while its beauty makes getting clean less of a chore and more of a reward. “We live out there in the summer,” says the homeowner. “No one even showers inside.”Imagine napping here while the evening breeze blows or curling up with a blanket and a glass of wine to watch the sun set. This hanging swing bed is the quintessential spot for relaxing—no matter how you choose to do it.
“When you’re excavating, there are lots of hidden costs, but that’s normal if you want to do it right,” the homeowner says.
Since this past summer, two years after the homeowners first saw blueprints of their dream home, all the dirt and machinery has disappeared, and family and friends are gathering under one renovated roof. Now, there is more than enough space and luxury for everyone to enjoy.Source:Adamson, Jennifer. “A Stunning Home Renovation Overlooking Table Rock Lake.” Home Renovation Overlooking Table Rock Lake, Home, 2020, www.417homemag.com/homebuilding/featured-homes-profiles/renovation-overlooking-table-rock-lake/.