Betty & Phil 

Welcome you to the Lake



Lake side view facing  Smith Mountain

This interesting venture started in 2001, when Betty and I decided to plan our retirement.  We decided that we preferred lake property above all options.  We drew a 4hr driving radius around Washington and identified the lakes.  A weekend trip to Smith Mountain Lake revealed a mystifying calm and beauty that over took us.  Needless to say we looked no further.  The story starts with driving to a very wooded and apparently steep lot.  We had decided to move on without getting out of the car.  I sensed a mystifying aura  to the property and we decided to walk down to the water.  Neither mountain nor water could be seen from the road.  When we reached the water a  silence overcame us all as we stared into the majestic peak of Smith Mountain.  The stage was set and the odyssey began.


The Beginning



First look at property March 2001                          Betty at the water on same day



                         Dock completed July 2001                            24 ft Bayliner Cruiser  (our home 2001-2003)    


 Living on a boat does get a bit close                                   Completed Boat house with Smith mountain  in  background


(Dec 2002 - Sept 2003)



    Basement foundation with wall below basement  due to steep grade     Some of the 150 dump truck loads of dirt to hide basement subwall


                               Framing approximately 50% complete                                      Framing complete with roof installed



                                            Cedar siding completed                                                              Kitchen Installation


                                             completed kitchen                                                                    Upper level great room


House Specifications:                                            

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Click here to see progress on the 1932 5-window Highboy Coupe Project



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