Building A Community

Sonia Thompson

With construction starting on at least five houses this year at Splinter Creek, our community is bustling. Driveways are being excavated, homesites cleared, and foundations staked out. The anticipation and excitement around the property is palpable. Our new residents are waiting to enjoy life on the lakes and create lasting memories with their own families.

With each truckload of dirt moved and architect's site visit logged, the modern, lakeside community we've been anticipating is becoming a reality. The progress has us feeling both nostalgic and eager. Here we offer a look back at some of the homes that already exist on the property's 650 acres, as well as ideas for what we can envision on the lots that have yet to break ground.

1. East Cove House

(Above) Under construction in 2017, the home on Splinter Creek's East Cove was designed by Lang Architecture. (Below) Today the house is a summer retreat for a Washington, D.C.-based family with two young children. The floor-to-ceiling windows were designed to frame the lake, almost like artwork (photo by Alyssa Rosenheck).

2. The Boathouse

Each house at Splinter Creek starts with a vision. An idea of what kind of structure will work best with the topography and lake views, and what kind of life its future residents hope to live. Splinter Creek's first residence, the Boathouse, was designed by Lake Flato architects (above sketch). Today, it's home to Splinter Creek's owners (photo courtesy of Henrybuilt).

3. Seldom Seen

(Above) Situated 35 feet above Splinter Creek’s North Lake is Seldom Seen, a contemporary lake house built in 2015. (Below) The homeowners worked with Vermont-based architect Jean Terwilliger, who specializes in the design of sustainable homes using collaborative design methods and cost-effective green building technologies. The result is a house that, in their words, “is like being in a treehouse.” (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).

4. Future inspirational ideas for available Splinter Creek lots

Crystal Springs, a house from the Lindal Homes series of Usonian home designs, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, would be right at home on a Splinter Creek lot (photo by John Muggenborg).

Lindal's Berkshire Cottages would be ideal as a guesthouse or creative studio (photo courtesy of Lindal Homes).

Lindal's post and beam homes can be adapted to any building site for any climate and topography. Their kit offers sustainable components that allow for easy design changes including windows, doors, walls, and roof design.

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