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New house on Lake Anna is just what the couple was looking for
Capturing natural light went into the design of the main living area--and the whole house, for that matter.
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BY RICHARD AMRHINE
When their older son left home in New Jersey for college at James Madison University, Joe Radinovic and Becky Hyde decided to do some exploring in Virginia with an eye toward relocation and retirement.
Like their son Bennett, who had fallen in love with JMU at first sight, the couple experienced the same feeling when they discovered Lake Anna.
Hyde explained that while loving the lake was easy, the process became a bit more challenging after that.
"We started looking, and if the lot was good, the house on it was old," she said, "and nothing we found really said 'lake.'"
They decided to look for a lot, and in Louisa County, down Kentucky Springs Road in Mill Run subdivision, they found the perfect spot. Mill Run is in the early stages of development so there were several lots to choose from.
Then they looked at house designs, but none really seemed to work. So they searched for an architect and found Bill Tucker, a Fredericksburg architect whose experience includes lakefront homes. They settled on a design and contracted with builder Terry Hale of N.E. Hale Contracting in Orange.
"It was all about the partnership between Bill and Terry," she said. "It was wonderfully painless."
Hyde said something she especially wanted was to be able to open the front door and look through the house to the lake. Her wish came true. Another cherished sight line runs the full width of the house, from the end of one wing to the other.
DOWN TO BUSINESS
Tucker said his challenge was to create a design that fit both the setting and the lot.
"We wanted to take advantage of the lot as much as we could," said Tucker. "They wanted a lakeside house, not a house that might have been plucked from suburbia and put next to a lake."
Tucker said the resulting design filled the bill in several ways. It's a two-story with a walkout basement that provides lake views at each level. Exaggerated overhangs help shade the house, and incorporate exposed "rafter tails" rather than typical vented soffits.
"In a setting like this you want to spread the house out to take full advantage," he said.