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Revived lake house retreat in Iowa showcases playful pops of color

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Rehkamp Larson Architects is responsible for this revived lake house built in 1973, creating a playful place for family and friends to gather in Iowa. The existing low-pitched gable roofline remains but all else is transformed. Bright color is unabashedly embraced throughout, reflecting the homeowner’s energetic style.

A new entry addition breaks the roofline and welcomes guests. A series of shed dormers animate the simple form and add light to the new bedrooms in the loft. The wall of glass set within timber frames the lake view and lets eastern light flood the public spaces.  An airy central stair traveling up through four flights has a playful guardrail made of glass panels of multiple textures set within a steel frame.

Project Team: Architecture: Rehkamp Larson Architects | Contractor: Bob Cornell Construction | Interior Design: Barbara Clayton Design | Landscape Design: Keenan & Sveiven Landscape Architecture

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Refurbished vintage doors painted a variety of colors are used throughout the house. A recycled gym floor set in a random pattern results in a playful confetti underfoot. Historic light fixtures and cabinet hardware add unique character. All are welcome, and all are delighted, to spend time in this revived lake home that mixes modern and vintage with a kaleidoscope of positive energy.

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What We Love: This revived lake house provides its inhabitants a joyful place to gather with family and friends, all while relishing in lake life luxury. Large windows draw in views of the tranquil waterside setting while also flooding the interior with sunlight. Uniquely designed living spaces makes one feel as if you are residing on a boat, a fun way to enjoy this lakeside getaway.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall design aesthetics of this home? Would this be your idea of the ultimate family retreat? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other fascinating home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this home, Rehkamp Larson Architects: Breathtaking modern farmhouse nestled on a prairie setting in Minnesota and Tour a renovated modern farmhouse with exhilarating details in Minnesota.

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Photos: Scott Amundson Photography

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Michael D Keenoy
3 months ago

Saying “pops of color” is like saying “Pearl Harbor was a skirmish!” The color is so distracting and violent that you could not even focus your eyes long enough to enjoy the architecture.

Douglas C Rapé
3 months ago

You must be kidding. Worst selection you have ever made. Beyond unattractive. Irritating.

Cole
2 months ago

I think this would be a awesome place to enjoy the lake. So fun and energetic. I can’t say I’m a fan of everything though especially the flooring. Somehow the Kitchen, Living Area and Foyer seem to be the most toned down section of the house in my opinion and maybe they should have done the whole house like that, but all in all this house would make for a great weekend trip to the lake.

Last edited 2 months ago by Cole