Lake House in the Trees
Designer Richard Tubb gives his Alabama lake house a glass-walled addition that blurs the boundaries between inside and out.
Photo: Helen Norman, Story by Elizabeth Beeler
Lake House After
Jeff's design left the original house untouched, adding the single room at the front edge of the home's existing porch and
leaving that space to function as a breezeway between the old and new structures. To maximize lake views, he sited the addition
as close as possible to the water's edge, which required removing some of the pine trees on the rocky shoreline. Jeff paid
homage to those trees by supporting the new structure with seven tapered timber poles, varying their heights and locations.
"I wanted the placement of those columns to be random, which created some engineering challenges," says Jeff. "But in nature,
trees grow where their seeds land, and that's the same effect we implemented here."