Southern Hospitality

This lakeside luxury home features the nostalgic look of a New England cottage combined with state-of-the-art materials and technology.

April 01, 2002


"This kitchen facilitates the lifestyle of casual entertaining that goes hand in hand with a lakefront location. People just naturally want to gather here, and that’s what we expect them to do."

— Rob Myers, Colonnade Custom Homes

Spec-built for the 2001 Street of Dreams — Atlanta, this lakeside luxury home features the nostalgic look of a New England cottage combined with state-of-the-art materials and technology. Developed for an empty-nester couple or a family with older children, the floor plan features a main-level master suite, large areas dedicated to entertaining, and a finished basement that includes a spacious game room. The most popular spot in the home, says builder Rob Myers, is the warm and welcoming country kitchen that reflects the home’s old-style architectural theme.

Style of Home | Bungalow cottage

Location | Harbour Point Yacht Club on Lake Lanier, Gainesville, Ga.

Total Square Footage (without basement | 4,340

Market Value | $1.3 million

Builder | Colonnade Custom Homes, Duluth, Ga.

Architect | The Architects Group, Atlanta

Interior Design | EPID & Co., Atlanta

Target Market | Active empty-nester couple

Major Products Used | Appliances: KitchenAid, Architectural series (full-size dishwasher; refrigerator, mini-refrigerator, wine butler, cooktop, ovens); Fisher & Paykel (drawer-style dishwasher); Scotsman (icemaker) |Cabinetry: custom maple | Countertops: Baltic granite | Doors: Stock Building Supply | Flooring: Bruce | Home Controls/Automation: US Tech | HVAC: Lennox | Plumbing Fixtures: Kohler, brushed nickel finish | Windows: Stock Building Supply


Very Entertaining Ideas


  • Open arrangement of the kitchen, keeping room and breakfast nook creates a large, informal gathering space for friends and family.

  • Authentic cottage details include a bead-board ceiling, a stone and tumbled brick floor, a tumbled brick backsplash, antique fresco cream cabinets, and Tiffany glass pendant lights.

  • Two-level, L-shaped island features food preparation space, a full-size double sink, a separate vegetable sink, plus seating for two at a snack bar.

  • Galley-style wet bar with a vessel or above-counter sink, a mini-refrigerator, a wine butler and an icemaker

  • Sliding casement “drive-through” window above the wet bar connects the kitchen with outdoor “breakfast” porch.

  • Two dishwashers, including a full-size unit adjacent to the main sink, and a second, drawer-style dishwasher across from the wet bar for glasses

  • Specially designed pot faucet above the cooktop

  • Dual convection ovens
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