Dwell: Beaver Lake's Bunker Hill
Sunrise Porch: After a three-year search for a location on Beaver Lake, the homeowners couldn't resist the stunning views from this property. They built the porch strategically to capture the sunrise between Deer Island and Bear Island.
photography by Beth Hall
Stepping out of their comfort zone, they went contemporary, with a twist. The homeowners of the “Bunker Hill House,” as they call it, collaborated with modern architects Tim de Noble and Tim Maddox of deMx Architecture for their family lake house.
The modern, mission-style home captures the beauty of the lake from every space in the home and provides an intimate setting for every season. “When I think about what I want to take to this house, it’s all the stuff we really care about,” the homeowner said. “I picked out the things I really love and care about and want with me.” Several unique treasures are a National Geographic collection from the 1930s and a table the homeowner’s father built in 1950.
Exterior View from water
“We really wanted a long, skinny footprint to take advantage of the lake. You feel like you’re alone, but at the same time, almost on top of the lake … like that feeling when you’re on the very back of a cruise ship.”
The front door was proclaimed a “hobbit door” — it's only four feet wide and six feet tall. With a peek of the picturesque views from the breezeway before entering the home, the lake panorama is even more captivating from the spacious living room.
One of the most unique aspects of the lake house is the kitchen tile above the stove. The homeowner used indigenous leaves from trees on the Old Main Lawn at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and had them imprinted, by hand, on the tiles.
Deeming the home “a mission-style craftsman bungalow,” all the furniture is new, but built from plans hundreds of years old with traditional craftsmanship, so nails or screws were not used.
An important aspect for the homeowners was to make it an all-season house for family gatherings. With a handful of fireplaces inside and out, the most impressive is the true masonry fireplace in the living room.