Originally created 10/07/01

Lakeshore living



There is no doubt that Jim and Judy King live on a lake.

The first thing visitors see upon entering their home is a breathtaking view of Thurmond Lake through the bank of floor-length windows in their spacious living room. And the scenery is visible through almost every window in the house, including the master suite, where French doors open onto a spacious deck.

The spaciousness of the Lincolnton, Ga., home lends itself not only to a great view but to capturing the light and breeze that come off the lake, filling the house.

"That was my favorite thing about it - the design - the openness," Mrs. King says.

The Kings, both retired, intended to build a Colonial-style home, but Mrs. King fell in love with the design of a friend's home and used its plans for their own house, which was completed about five months ago. At 6,800 square feet, the home boasts large master bedroom and guest suites at either end of the main floor, another guest suite for grandchildren upstairs and an unfinished basement with enough room for Mr. King's workshop and a future recreation room with a wet bar and probably a large-screen television.

"That's my winter project," Mr. King says.

Light oak hardwood floors, white trim and molding and high ceilings - 9 feet in most of the house, 12 feet in the living room - open up the rooms and create a plaza effect in the living room and kitchen, emphasized by squared pillars that separate the rooms from the front foyer. Built-in shelves in the living room and the trim of the bank of windows and French doors make a clean line against the khaki walls and the neutral sand, gray and green tones of the furniture.

Mr. King laughingly calls the color-scheme "olive-drab" - varying shades of khaki, green and taupe walls, sometimes accented by deep green and Burgundy tones - but Mrs. King likes it just fine.

Besides, she let him keep Leonardo.

Leonardo is the larger-than-life statue Mr. King picked up at an estate sale, a reproduction of Michelangelo's David that stands to one side of the door in the entrance-way, adding to the classical feel of the home with its pillars and open space.

"At the other house, he was pornography. Here, he's art," Mr. King says with a laugh.

The couple's daughter, Tina Sullivan, took charge of the decorating after the Kings got rid of their old furniture along with their former home.

"We started with the sofa," Mrs. King said, gesturing at the piece in the living room. "Then we picked colors around that, and it just went from there."

The results include deep forest green walls in a study at the front of the house, rust and maroon accents in the formal dining room and mauve in the kitchen - a vast room with a glass-fronted cabinets that show off delicate dishes, a brushed-steel refrigerator and dishwasher and a center island that's less an island than a small country.

The downstairs guest suite is darker, almost olive green, but filled with buttery light from the creamy carpet and the sun coming in through the window. The comforter on the bed incorporates darker jewel tones, but is set off by the wood of the four-poster, which is lighter than many of the pieces in the house.

The colors are repeated upstairs in the other guest suite, which includes a spacious sitting room, a smaller bedroom, the house's third full bathroom - and a walk-in closet where Mr. King can keep his hunting gear.

Back on the main floor, a laundry room and the door to a three-bay garage are tucked on the other side of the stairs. A door in the laundry room leads out to the driveway and a set of stairs to the terraced lawn.

The precipitous drop of the back yard led Mr. King to create three levels, which frame a set of steps leading down to their dock, where a pontoon boat is moored. To one side of the back yard is a large cage that holds Max, their blue and gold macaw, during the day. Boaters on the lake will ride by to talk to Max, the Kings said.

The activity on the lake is one of the things that makes the large, tiled deck a favorite part of the house. Running the length of the house, it's big enough to hold a spacious hammock and two sets of tables and chairs, creating at least three areas for socializing. The couple often play cards back there - with each other and with guests - and chat with boaters passing by.

"We've built several houses, and every time, you think you'd do something different," Mr. King said. "But I don't think I would do anything different with this house."

Reach Alisa DeMao at (706) 823-3223 or ademao@augustachronicle.com.