Story by DANNY MOGLE // Photos by DAVID WHITE-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY // May/June 2017
It’s a spring afternoon and on the deck of Terry and Heidi Carriveau’s lakeside home birds strike up a symphony. Chirps and tweets seem to come from everywhere.
“This is what you hear all the time,” Heidi says, as she takes in a striking view of Lake Tyler.
The Carriveaus also are happy to share their three-acre property with curious deer, majestic cranes and “turtles by the kabillion.”
“We’re still close to town (Tyler, Texas) but I feel like we are in the country,” Heidi says. “This is a hidden oasis.”
Terry loves being able to take the boat out on the water, spend time outside with their golden retrievers and go for runs in the fresh air at a nearby park.
Being immersed in nature is like “being on vacation all the time,” Heidi says.
After moving from Michigan a few years ago, the Carriveaus started looking for a place to build a new home. Being on a lake was a must.
“I grew up in Michigan. Water is part of my DNA,” says Terry, a construction manager.
They were thrilled to find a lake lot near one of Heidi’s relatives. However, they were not thrilled with the small house on the property. They had it torn down and turned to Carlton Edwards, a designer and builder of custom homes based in Bullard, Texas, to start from scratch.
The priority was to design the home to take full advantage of the million-dollar views of the lake. “We couldn’t get enough glass on the back of the house,” Carlton says.
“We knew what we wanted,” Heidi says. “We had seen things online and at places we had been. Carlton took it to the next level. Carlton was great.”
“What they wanted was something that fit their lifestyle,” Carlton says.
Heidi insisted that everything about the house be, as she puts it, “livable and comfortable.”
The screened-in sun room that comes off the kitchen and opens to the deck is one of their favorite places to kick back and take it easy. A sitting arrangement under a canopy on the deck provides a place to relax outside.
Heidi says people don’t believe her when she tells them that her favorite feature is the easy-to-maintain and easy-to-clean stained concrete flooring scored to look like large tiles.
“If the floor gets wet, it really doesn’t matter,” she says. “Living on the lake, you pull in dirt and leaves and water and crud. I don’t have to worry about it.”
The granite tops in the kitchen, bedrooms and washroom also are both attractive and easy to clean.
Indicative of industrial style, the furnishing and fixtures are a combination of yearyear antiques and sleek modern pieces. In the dining room, a futuristic looking metallic light fixture with vintage Edison-style bulbs is paired with traditional wooden storage cabinets that look like they could have been pulled from an 1800s’ farmhouse.
“It’s a weird conglomeration that works,” Heidi says.
Beautiful woodwork frame doors and windows throughout most of the house. Sliding barn doors open to reveal the dining room just off the entrance hall.
The kitchen has industrial-grade appliances, an island and cabinetry made of knotty alder wood in a deep brown tone. The living room is anchored by a stone fireplace with a mantle made from a large piece of cedar.
The’ve purposely kept the home uncluttered by choosing not to put out a lot of their knickknacks. The walls are painted in soothing neutral tones.
The home reflects the casual and comfortable sensibilities the Carriveaus treasure.
“People ask me if there is anything about the house that I would change,” Heidi says. “But there’s not … there’s nothing I would change.”
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