When Leo and Kay Berard decided to relocate to their Georgia lake house permanently, they set out to build a year-round summer camp.
When Leo and Kay Berard decided to relocate to their Georgia lake house permanently, they set out to build a year-round summer camp. With the help of Charlotte, North Carolina, architect Ken Pursley, the couple was able to build a no-fuss, family-friendly house for living year-round on Lake Harding.
After tearing down their prior (smaller) cabin on the same property, they set out to build a space that worked for them, with a few factors in mind: One, they wanted the house to be a place that would draw visitors in, particularly their nine grandchildren. And two, they also wanted the house to reflect the nature around it. “We felt that the house should be only a part of the overall lake experience—not pop off the knoll like ‘ta-da!’” says Kay. Thanks to some thoughtful lake house décor, (like a built-in banquette and a screened-in living and dining area) the couple now calls the crowd-friendly house by the lake home. For even more lake house decorating ideas, check out some of our favorites here.