For twenty years, the Berard family spent carefree summers at their small vacation cabin on a breezy knoll on Georgia’s Lake Harding. But with the kids grown and the careers winding down, Kay and Leo were ready to consolidate. When the lakeshore beat out the suburbs as their permanent nesting place, the two wanted to hang on to the cabin feeling but give it year-round function.
Years before they started building their dream house, Kay began clipping magazine pictures of lake houses she liked. She was drawn to natural, no-worry decorating materials and a design that would blur the distinction between indoors and out. The couple’s main goal was to build a gathering place to draw their three grown children and nine grandchildren (all ages 10 and under!) like a magnet.