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Harbor House
This rebuilt summer home takes advantage of its lakeside location.    

Summer homes are retreats: passive promoters of lounging, sunbathing and crime-novel perusing. This newly rebuilt summer home on Pine Lake neatly fits that bill. In the fall of 2010, Moore Designs Inc. builders began remodeling the split-level and happened upon the home’s original log structure (built in the 1890s), some of which was plagued with dry rot. Bad news for the remodel, which became a total rebuild instead. The revised project was finished in the summer of 2011. With a nod to the past, this picturesque home is still filled with many wood features, but now they’re structurally sound – and a touch more distinctive.

The charcoal-gray home (an exterior that mirrors its aquatic neighbor in the early mornings) sits at the end of a serenely wooded drive atop a small hill, at the bottom of which lies a body of water that could have been poured from a Nancy Drew novel. With a painted metal roof that gently slopes above the main entrance, cedar-shingled siding and a clean, white trim, the exterior screams Nantucket chic. But the interior, decorated by the homeowners and Karen Kempf Interiors, mixes styles that result in something entirely fresh. According to the homeowner, who wishes to remain anonymous, the interior has “a little drama, but it’s really clean. It’s not cottage-y, fussy or overdone.”

Indeed.

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Photo by Adam Ryan Morris
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