This family retreat with commanding views overlooks a tranquil cove at Pickwick Lake. Its character takes cues from the architecture of grand summer homes of the 1930s. The compound includes a main house and a boathouse each carefully sited to maximize views in all directions. The exterior is carefully crafted of cedar shingle siding and native stone. The color palette of grays and greens was derived from the water oaks, moss, and lichen found on the hillside.
The boathouse shares the inspiration of the house. The lower level contains two slips for boats and personal watercraft, a service scullery for beverages, a commercial ice maker, and a snack bar that opens onto a swim platform and lounge area. Guests ascend to the upper observatory and entertainment lounge via a large spiral stair.
Built in the 1930s along the Tennessee River, the Pickwick Dam preceded the development of the Lake Pickwick and the lake houses that skirt its edges. Taking its name from the trees of the region, the Water Oak residence was designed to connect with the lake’s 1930’s origins and the summer lodge-style indicative of that time. Developed as a family retreat and second home, Water Oak nestles into the steep slope maximizing the connection with the lake; the orientation takes advantage of long panoramic views.