After the Texas thunderstorms rolled in, this family turned a disaster into an opportunity.
Texas is famous for its sprawling prairies and wide open spaces, but it’s also famous for its thunderstorms — any Texas family knows that it’s just part of life out here.
When this Oak Point family had a wave of thunderstorms destroy the roof of their magnificent lake house, they knew they had to take action.
After all, this home had been in the family for over 60 years — that’s not the kind of heritage you just walk away from.
A Storied History
The storm was a doozie — the roof was heavily damaged, and even parts of the interior met the fury of a Texas thunderstorm. We started by clearing off the wreckage, but there were parts of this Homestead by the Lake that we just couldn’t let go, like this gorgeous California redwood ceiling.
Since the 1950s, this classic ranch-style lake house had been a part of this family. Built in an era when builders took their time, and practiced quality, this Fortress of the Frontier was meant to last.
The home has weathered more than its fair share of Texas thunderstorms over the years, with stout California redwood posts, interior siding, and ceiling providing the backbone to this family’s home away from home.
A Mix of Past and Future
We kept much of the original California redwood, replacing only a few key pieces — we pulled out the floor and put in nice, thick, 4-inch white oak flooring.
But that redwood was truly gorgeous, so we kept the original ceiling and siding (sprucing it up of course to match the new materials we added). We took out the original redwood posts, replacing them with robust beams.
While the unique backsplash in the kitchen made the cut, the cabinets had to be replaced. We used luxurious, soft alder, a stunningly gentle wood with a motley pattern, adding character and interesting to an already-interesting home.
In the end, our native Texas family walked away from a damaged homestead, and walked back to an old friend reborn — rising from the damage of the storm, this stately landmark of the Texas landscape will provide safety, warmth, and comfort to uncounted new generations of little Texans.
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While this family had to rebuild after a thunderous storm, you don’t have to wait for disaster before turning your house into the home you’ve always dreamed of.
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