Our former editor-in-chief shaped a tiny Southern Living house plan into a serene lakefront hideaway.
Former Southern Living editor-in-chief Lindsay Bierman originally pictured a 2,500-square-foot, rustic-modern lake house rising from the rocks above Alabama's Lewis Smith Lake. He faced a tough choice: value-engineer the project to keep the quantity of space or downsize the plans to maintain the quality of space. If the home was built more true to size, around 1,000 square feet, he could have the upgrades he wanted, and honor his belief that the quality of our space improves the quality of our life. Bierman landed on an easy-to-build SL house plan with a classic cabin vibe that needed only minor modifications to take it from spec to spectacular.