Lake Haven

By Helen Sanders | Photos by Roberto Caligaris

An 80’s cape cod style cabin gets a face lift when the Peeks turn their waterfront property into a rustic, modern oasis for the whole family.

An 80’s cape cod style cabin gets a face lift when the Peeks turn their waterfront property into a rustic, modern oasis for the whole family.

A s the heat of the summer seems to last almost year round in Georgia, residence search for a cool escape. Luckily, Georgia has some of the most pristine lake front properties available. When Rachael and Will Peek were searching for their new getaway home, they fell in love with an 80’s cape cod style cabin that had a stunning view of Lake Harding. It was clear the home needed a little TLC, so the Peeks decided to make it their own with some major renovations. “We didn’t want to end up with a large home, but one that feels comfortable for our family of five and could be used as a guest house,” Rachael Peeks explains.

The family called on contractor Tim Gregory to create a home that would fit their life style. Needing to reinvent the floor plan, they found themselves striping the house down to it’s bones. By raising the roofline of the home, they were able to add a second story with a spacious bedroom and bathroom for their children. “We didn’t want it to feel like a finished attic space, we wanted it to be a comfortable room for the boys,” Rachael explains. They added a boat house so they could also enjoy Lake Harding from the water. The home originally had two decks, so the family decided to improve one deck and expand the kitchen onto the other deck. With an opened floor plan, their vacation home truly feels like an oasis as they are able to host family gatherings and watch their kids spend time with one another.

The Peeks drew inspiration from their exquisite view, as blue and soft green hues throughout the home resemble the water surrounding their property. Easily becoming their favorite room in the house, the Peeks back porch has plenty of seating for family dinners looking out over the water. On cool summer mornings, you can find Rachael Peek enjoying coffee and a book on the side deck. The use of reclaimed wood from an old home in Hurstboro, AL to make the railing, kitchen ceiling, and bar countertop add character to the home. The spacious kitchen encourages pro and amateur cooks alike. As a staple of any family home, the kitchen flows into the family room, where you can find the Peek’s children relaxing after a day on the water. Although you may want to hide away in this home, the beautiful yard landscape, created by Pete Page, draws the family into the yard for roasted marsh mellows and flag football. The getaway is just a short drive away from their home in Fortson, GA, making it as accessible as it is beautiful.

The back porch provides tons of seating with these antique, tin stools and a large couch. The family mixed floral and striped prints to give the outside space a casual, fun aesthetic. The bright blue and yellow colors pair seamlessly with the view of the water.

The back porch provides tons of seating with these antique, tin stools and a large couch. The family mixed floral and striped prints to give the outside space a casual, fun aesthetic. The bright blue and yellow colors pair seamlessly with the view of the water.

With abundant views of Lake Harding, the Peek's refurbished side porch is the perfect place for a family breakfast. The Peeks dress the table with orchids and surround it with four wicker chairs for seating. With a hogwire railing, one's view of the lake is unobstructed.

With abundant views of Lake Harding, the Peek's refurbished side porch is the perfect place for a family breakfast. The Peeks dress the table with orchids and surround it with four wicker chairs for seating. With a hogwire railing, one's view of the lake is unobstructed.

The family room is the heart of the home, and this living room reflects the family’s vibrant personalities. The wooden floors throughout the home were found under the carpeting of the original house, and have been restored by Bone Flooring. The light fixture from The Big Chandelier gives off just enough brightness, without overpowering natural light from the huge windows. The coffee table from Currey & Co. has been the make-shift table for many dinners in front of the TV.

The family room is the heart of the home, and this living room reflects the family’s vibrant personalities. The wooden floors throughout the home were found under the carpeting of the original house, and have been restored by Bone Flooring. The light fixture from The Big Chandelier gives off just enough brightness, without overpowering natural light from the huge windows. The coffee table from Currey & Co. has been the make-shift table for many dinners in front of the TV.

The remodeled master features a beautiful, wooden stained ceiling and huge windows for added natural light. The warm taupe rug from Flooring and More adds comfort, while the textured blinds by Berendt Company Shutters let in the desired amount of light on sunny mornings. The throw pillows from Romo Fabrics bring color to the room.

The remodeled master features a beautiful, wooden stained ceiling and huge windows for added natural light. The warm taupe rug from Flooring and More adds comfort, while the textured blinds by Berendt Company Shutters let in the desired amount of light on sunny mornings. The throw pillows from Romo Fabrics bring color to the room.

The guest bedroom features a reclaimed wood closet door by Tim Gregory and white furniture. The bright comforter and extra bench seating makes this room a guest favorite.

The guest bedroom features a reclaimed wood closet door by Tim Gregory and white furniture. The bright comforter and extra bench seating makes this room a guest favorite.

The upstairs bathroom features a claw foot tub and a custom made marble top vanity which offers views of the front of the house.

The upstairs bathroom features a claw foot tub and a custom made marble top vanity which offers views of the front of the house.

The stair railing, made with reclaimed wood by Tim Gregory, leads you to the newly built, second floor of the home. The high ceilings allow for a wet bar and seating area under the stairs. The wooden legged bar stools and reclaimed wood counter top add rustic charm to this space.

The stair railing, made with reclaimed wood by Tim Gregory, leads you to the newly built, second floor of the home. The high ceilings allow for a wet bar and seating area under the stairs. The wooden legged bar stools and reclaimed wood counter top add rustic charm to this space.

The beautiful expanded kitchen is Rachael Peek’s favorite part of the house, and it’s clear why. Originally an extra porch, the family enclosed the porch to create a large kitchen. The fixtures, from Ferguson Enterprises, break up the rustic pieces with modern elements. The off white cabinetry, by Braden Berendt, shows off the tall, reclaimed wood ceilings by Tim Gregory. The rustic light fixture, by The Big Chandelier, makes the marble counter tops, fabricated by Joe Waller, the belle of the ball. The stainless steel appliances are all GE from Harvey’s. The kitchen bar stools from Serena & Lily offer a casual seating area for the family.

The beautiful expanded kitchen is Rachael Peek’s favorite part of the house, and it’s clear why. Originally an extra porch, the family enclosed the porch to create a large kitchen. The fixtures, from Ferguson Enterprises, break up the rustic pieces with modern elements. The off white cabinetry, by Braden Berendt, shows off the tall, reclaimed wood ceilings by Tim Gregory. The rustic light fixture, by The Big Chandelier, makes the marble counter tops, fabricated by Joe Waller, the belle of the ball. The stainless steel appliances are all GE from Harvey’s. The kitchen bar stools from Serena & Lily offer a casual seating area for the family.

Midtown Revival

This historic Midtown home is on the market for the second time since 1939. The Georgian style house is centrally located in one of Columbus’ trendiest neighborhoods and in close proximity to the vibrant Downtown.  


Midtown is quickly becoming one of the hottest areas to live in Columbus. Just a short distance from Downtown, Midtown provides residents with the perfect opportunity to live, work and play all in the same area. North Columbus was once the place to be, but recent moves by the young, urban professionals who have been flooding the area have subverted that assumption. Columbus’ newest cohort of the young, wealthy and fun have chosen to invest their time and money into the rebirth of Midtown and Downtown. This beautiful historic home is located in the heart of that vibrant area.

Located in Wildwood, the Georgian house was built in 1939 and remained relatively untouched until it was purchased by Chris Harman and his husband.  They remodeled it with the help of Sam Hartin Construction Company and have upgraded this traditionally decorated home to the highest standards. At 2,000 square feet of traditional elegance, the Wildwood home is a perfect fit for anyone.

The living room beautifully displays the carefully curated pieces the Chris and his husband collected over the years. The artwork comes from Chris’ personal collection and his favorite piece hangs above the mantle. The landscape work came directly from the Governor’s Mansion in Illinois. The comfortably ornate lounge chairs near the gas log fireplace were purchased from Hinson Galleries.  The antique coffee table was purchased at Scott’s Antiques. One notable piece is tucked away in this room: the antique trunk that originated from the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

The kitchen was completely revamped upon the arrival of new owners. The brand new, stainless steel appliances are JennAir from Daniel’s Appliances. The beautiful marble countertops were installed by Innovative Marble in Pine Mountain. The custom cabinetry located here and throughout the house was installed by Peach State Cabinets. The beautiful hardwood floors visible in this room and throughout the house came Columbus Flooring and More.

The kitchen was completely revamped upon the arrival of new owners. The brand new, stainless steel appliances are JennAir from Daniel’s Appliances. The beautiful marble countertops were installed by Innovative Marble in Pine Mountain. The custom cabinetry located here and throughout the house was installed by Peach State Cabinets. The beautiful hardwood floors visible in this room and throughout the house came Columbus Flooring and More.

The sunroom provides the perfect get away on a rainy day. The oversized club chairs were purchased from Hinson Galleries. The delightfully wild footstool was purchased at Scott’s Antiques. The linen drapes were custom made.

The sunroom provides the perfect get away on a rainy day. The oversized club chairs were purchased from Hinson Galleries. The delightfully wild footstool was purchased at Scott’s Antiques. The linen drapes were custom made.

One of three bedrooms, the master bedroom is a haven at the end of a long day. The antique-style four-post bed was purchased from EJ Victor.

One of three bedrooms, the master bedroom is a haven at the end of a long day. The antique-style four-post bed was purchased from EJ Victor.

GREEN ISLAND HIDEWAY

Taking a break from the everyday grind, George and Donna Atkins retreat their North Columbus getaway just off the Green Island’s Lake Oliver. By Stephanie Reeves . Photos By Doug Roth

Green Island’s picturesque Lake Oliver has long been a welcoming home for the Atkins. This 4 bedroom, 4 and half bath home was built in 1975. It was completely renovated by current homeowners George and Donna Atkins, in 2008. Jack Jenkins did the architectural work
on the home, while George’s wife Donna did the decorated interior and chose the colors.

The house sits off Lake Oliver across from the Green Island Golf Course, on over 2 acres in Green Island Hills. The style of the home is ranch with an added modern twist from the floor-to-ceiling glass on the back of the house. There is also a deck off the back of the home and one off of the swimming pool, which has a fountain with a covered gazebo. The home also features an enclosed boathouse with boat slip and floating dock.

The owners enjoy the calming, relaxing view of the lake. “We’ve never lived anywhere we’ve
enjoyed more. The effect the lake provides. The view is different everyday,” Atkins says. Previously living in a 200-year-old town home in Virginia, they knew this was the place for them when they saw the ever-changing views that were offered up by living lakeside. They enjoy eating dinner on the back deck, looking out over the water, and spending time with friends on their pontoon boat.

Even though the home sits off in the woods, on the lake, it is close to all the shopping and only
10 minutes from Downtown Columbus.svm

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A COUNTRY LIFE

Nestled in the Georgia countryside, the Wolff family home is prime for hunting and is in the perfect location for city fun or a quick, peaceful retreat. By Andrea Hayes. Photos By R.Caligaris

Avery and Luke Wolff always dreamed of building a country house or cabin on the Wolff family property since they’d first been married, but other things always seemed to get in the way. As their boys got older and entered high school, they realized that their time with them at home was growing increasingly short, so they decided to realize their dream home before their sons left for college.

With the help of architect, Jack Jenkins, and builder, Steve Anthony, construction on the five bedroom, six bath home was finished in late December 2013. And by New Year’s Day 2014, the family was ready to spend their first night in the new house.

Completely surrounded by woods, the home sits on a ledge overlooking a beautiful wooded
bottom. In the winter months, the bottom is flooded for ducks, but drained in the summer to
plant corn. Luke’s father and his wife also have a home on the property nearby and he does most of the farming.

The Wolffs have always loved the rustic style. “I love English and European antiques, but I also
love the rustic, rugged look, so this home is a good blend,” Avery shares. She continues, “Jack
Jenkins wanted it to look like we found an old cabin in the woods and simply built onto it. I
think we’ve achieved that look pretty well.”

“With four boys, everything has to be almost indestructible” Avery tells us. But with the help of interior designer Leslie Wolfe of Benton Parker Design, the Wolff home is not only beautiful, it can withstand nearly anything. “I certainly can’t have a house that is too delicate to live in. We hadn’t been in the house for four months when they had already broken a sofa!” Clearly tough, durable fabrics and furniture were a must for this active family. Many unique features can be found in the Wolff home. For instance, “one bedroom is a bunk room that can sleep a lot of boys.” Another one of the family’s favorite features is the fire pit. “We love sitting out there around the fire and talking. Sometimes you have to get outside to get away from technology and force yourselves to talk face to face, especially with teenagers.”

This gorgeous home is full of life and a rustic style uniquely its own. Perfect for this family,
the Wolff home is truly a dream home to be admired. svm

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PARADISE FOUND

Bordering both Georgia and Alabama, the beautiful Lake Harding offers homeowners and nature lovers over 156 miles of shoreline. When Dr. Carl Savory and his wife, Carol, needs a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, theirbnpeaceful retreat on Lake Harding is the perfect place to sit back and unwind. By Andrea Hayes. Photos By R.Caligaris

Sitting directly on the lake, the deck and cabana give the family a great outdoor space to entertain during the warm spring and summer months. The beautiful landscaping done by Pete Page Landscaping makes the ambiance all the more tranquil by providing a lovely view all the way around the house.

Overlooking the beautiful Lake Harding, this sitting room is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the scenery. With furniture supplied by Hinson Galleries, this room showcases the Savory’s love for nature and hunting even more. It also offers just the right amount of natural sunlight for reading, relaxing or taking a short nap.

In charge of renovating this magnificent space, Howard Bantlett of HoBart Builders, knew that Carl needed ample space to house his many big game trophies. This two story trophy room, with wood paneled walls, exposed beams, and recessed lighting, does just that.

As an avid hunter, Carl needed ample space to store the trophies brought back from 10 different African safaris he’s taken over a span of 16 years.

With the help of interior designer Ashley Holt, the Savory’s kitchen reflects a more contemporary, industrial look. The cabinets (provided by Highland Design Gallery in Atlanta) are the perfect complement to the stainless steel appliances – provided by Daniel Appliance. The look is made complete with vintage bar stools by Restoration Hardware, island lamps from Uttermost Lamps, kitchen fixtures by E & E Plumbing, and original posters from Carl’s own war collection adorning the walls.

A view of the trophy room shows off a beautiful painting of Dr. Savory during the Vietnam War, given to him by one of his patients, over the beautiful stone fireplace. With warm, neutral colors this room serves as the perfect man cave for Dr. Savory to sit and relive his numerous hunting excursions.

A classic four poster bed sits in the master bedroom along with plush chairs provided by Hinson Galleries. The shutter style blinds let in just the right amount of sunlight, while the warm colors enhance the cozy feeling in the room. A painting by Helena Meeks hangs over the bed to complete the calm mood resonated throughout the master bedroom and the entire house.

Perfectly placed on the beautiful Lake Harding, the Savory’s home is the perfect weekend getaway to relax and take in the lovely sights of nature.

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Waverly Hall Paradise

Builder Brinegar Inc. turns adition upside down, giving a Federal style house a bright outlook and a modern-day attitude. 

By Andrea Hayes. Photos By Dough Roth Photography.Aerial Photos by James Gates

 

The 8400 sq.ft. house sits on 96 acres of gently rolling green pasture. There is a small fishing pond, guest cottage and a 15 horse stall stable on the property. The house has a master bedroom on the main floor as well as a guest suite. There are 3 additional bedroom suites on the second level as well as a nursery, game room, and children's play area. On the main level
the formal and informal areas are well defined. The elegant foyer leads to a formal living room continuous to a large formal dining room.

The house has 6 fireplaces, 3 with granite, 2 marble, and 1 Tennessee Field stone faced with custom mantels. The front and rear porches are perfect for enjoying the picturesque scenery.
The architectural style of the new house was inspired by a Federal style home which existed on the premises. The home also includes six fireplaces with custom mantles. Sitting on approximately 96 acres of land, the property also includes a two bed room, two bathroom guest house, three barns and a pond. The house was built by Brinegar Inc. in a 22 month period.

The formal living room features 26' ceilings & vast windows that allow the flow of natural light. The custom wood work makes this home stand outfrom the rest. Living room opens to spacious dining room.

With approximately 96 acres of land, this two story traditionalstyle home boasts three barns, a private pond, stables and ample room for family, friends and pets to roam and enjoy the
land yet convenient to work, shopping, and schools.

 

Gourmet kitchen equipped with custom cabinets and under cabinet lighting, stainless steel appliances, double ovens, and Thermador 6 burner professional range. The kitchen is open with two 10' Granite Islands, granite counters,built-in sub zero refrigerator & freezer, granite fireplace
with custom mantel, and ample cabinet space.

Inviting family room with beautiful coffered ceilings, granite fireplace, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors with view of formal dining room opens into casual dining area and the expansive kitchen.

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TRUE COLORS

When Columbus natives, Dianna and Josh Harbour, were looking for the perfect place to settle down and realize their true colors, they knew Athens was the right fit for their family. Jenna Buck-Gross of colordrunk would make that dream come true.

                                         By Andrea Hayes

For the Harbour family, dreams really do come true. After spotting her dream home in 2009, Diana, and her husband Josh Harbour, were amazed to find that the house Diana always wanted was still empty four years later. At 11.5k square feet on 24 acres of land, this three story, 5 bedroom, 7 bath home sits in the middle of northeast Georgia, as a little piece of Georgian heaven.

Fond memories of her childhood left Diana eager to build her life with her family in the country.Built in 2008, the home went into foreclosure and was “still on the market quietly” when the family began searching for a new home in 2012. “The house itself just looked like a happy country home” Diana shares. And thus, her dream began.

A traditional Southern style home, with an open floor plan, “high ceilings and great bones”, the Harbour home is “airy, light and warm”. Redesigned by interior designer Jenna Buck-Gross of colordrunk Designs, the Harbour’s have transformed the house  into their ultimate dream home.

“I wanted the house to reflect happiness and I believe color is a huge factor for moods.”  Charming patterns and fabrics (mostly by Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa and Thibaut) help bring the colors and moods together, and as a result, the Harbor residence instantly brings a smile to the faces of the homeowners and visitors alike.

Wood floors and granite countertops add the perfect contrast and help enhance to the beauty of the home even more. “Over the kitchen cabinet is a sign that says “Create Happiness.” Happiness is a choice and it’s up to you to create it,” she finishes. 

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VINTAGE GREEN ISLAND

Built in the mid-20th century for Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Jennings Sr., the Blanchard’s home has deep roots in Columbus. The original owners designed the home with the then popular revised Virginia Hunt Country style in mind.

In the 1960s, the style and location of the home were perfect for each other—still rather undeveloped in comparison to today, the Green Island community was very much private and in the countryside. With five bedrooms, four full baths, and two half baths, the Blanchard home has ample space for the ever growing family and any guests they may want to spend time with. “Our family loves the land and enjoys outdoor recreation.” Olivia Blanchard told us. “This property has allowed us to enjoy what we love within the convenience of the city limits.” With plenty of outdoor space to enjoy their favorite activities, the family is in the perfect place to enjoy the countryside without missing out on the luxuries of city life.

Few renovations have been made to the original structure, making much of the Blanchard home reflect the 18th century style the Jennings’ intended. Now white “it was originally painted a very soft grey green” Olivia shares. “The interior architecture details reflect the 18th century influence” she adds, and with the help of interior designer Arden Cheney, many of the design elements in the home continue the look.

One feature the Blanchards did add, though, is a porch on the back of the house overlooking the Chattahoochee River with the help of builder Steve Anthony and architect Jack Jenkins. “The view [was] really a motivating factor in our decision to move.

Sitting quietly on the Chattahoochee with acres to enjoy most any outdoor activity imaginable, the Blanchard home supplies this fun loving family with the best of both worlds. svm

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