Lake Norman Magazine

August 31, 2012


Lake Norman’s Ultimate Bachelor Pads

There are bachelors who decorate their homes with ratty, mismatched furniture, outdated sports posters and milk-crate shelving. Then there are the three guys featured in this story. Each ones home is stylish and unique and reflects the owner’s individual tastes and personality. And although the bachelors wouldn’t say, we’re guessing their luxury homes score them some brownie points with female visitors as well.

The Lake House Tommy Williamson’s personal slice of heaven is perched along the southeastern corner of Lake Norman with to-die-for waterfront views. From his backyard deck he can watch the sun set and the shadows stretch across the grass at the nearby Trump National Golf Course, Charlotte. Williamson, 54, has lived at the expansive, 3,300-square-foot, four-bedroom house for seven years. It’s located on Alexander Island, a gated waterfront community in Mooresville. “I simply love it on the water,” says Williamson, who takes full advantage of his lakeside location. He says he typically spends several evenings each week on the water, cruising along the channel and hanging out with friends. He even has a sand volleyball court in the backyard next to his dock. He shares the house with Lily and Ella, his two miniature schnauzers. A senior marketing executive in the medical industry, Williamson incorporates his love of the water into his home. There’s a wavy, undulating design motif seen throughout the house, from the overhead support beam in the great room to various stylized pieces of furniture and even the handles on the kitchen cabinetry. His sleek, open floor plan is the result of a six-month renovation project during which he gutted several rooms. With the help of interior designer Theresa Walker, Williamson filled the house with soft pastels, monochromatic whites and whimsical, wave-shaped accent pieces, such as the wet bar and interior cabinetry. The distinctive design style also extends to the bathrooms, including one upstairs that has a marine-blue bowl drilled in the center and fitted with a drain to make for a completely unique washbasin atop the vanity. Williamson is also a big fan of jazz music, and his home features several alcoves and niches where he showcases sculptures of jazz musicians and musical instruments. And of course every luxury bachelor pad needs a top-notch sound system. Williamson’s is in his great room—a high-end Elan audio/visual system that fills the house with music. It’s truly a bachelor pad designed for lakeside parties and good times, and Williamson has plenty of both.

The Quiet Retreat Idaho native Brian Scott grew up an avid outdoorsman, going hunting, fishing, golfing and just about anything else that got him out of the house and into wide open spaces. He also loved cars, and started racing competitively at age 12. He made his NASCAR debut in 2008, and today the 24-year-old Mooresville resident drives the number 11 Dollar General Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. When he’s not out on the track or traveling around the country to different races, he kicks back at his out-of-the-way bachelor pad situated on a three-acre wooded lot on a secluded cul-de-sac. While the house is modern and contemporary, it still has a bit of a country feel, including the spacious front porch with big white columns and plenty of rocking chairs. Scott, along with his roommate, Derek Kneeland, moved into the two-story, four-bedroom brick house in November 2011, and immediately started entertaining. It’s a great house for parties, with an open and airy kitchen and dining area designed with stylish and contemporary flair. Scott worked with a designer from Idaho before he moved into the house, and together they created a more open floor plan. They tore down a dividing wall between the kitchen and great room and in its place put a towering, knotty-pine island/bar with a granite countertop and built-in wine rack and mini-refrigerator. The open space flows seamlessly to the dining area, which is next to the handsome Arts and Crafts-style stairway. Downstairs, an expansive entertainment system with a giant flat-screen TV is situated among several comfy couches. When the party moves outside, there’s a saltwater pool next to the screened-in back porch, complete with a grill and another sound system. Scott and his designer also did some substantial renovations to what was originally the home’s garage, turning it into a modern office. The original aluminum roof remained, integrated with dark, rich wood walls and furniture, and orange floor tiles. Brian keeps all his racing trophies and mementos in his office, including NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s feathered hat, which is safely secured under glass. It seems likely that this young NASCAR talent will have to dedicate more shelf space at his new bachelor pad to accommodate his growing number of racing trophies.

The Suburban In Cornelius’ Crown Harbor subdivision, most of the homes have tidy, well-kept lawns, immaculate landscaping and the telltale signs of a neighborhood full of kids—basketball hoops, stray soccer balls, and a skateboard or two. It’s not exactly the kind of setting in which you’d expect to find a bachelor and top pit crew member for one of NASCAR’s hottest teams. Yet this is just where T.J. Ford, 29, hangs his hat when he’s not at the track. Ford, a jackman for Hendrick Motorsports number 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet piloted by Jimmie Johnson, is perfectly at home in this neighborhood next to the northeastern shore of Lake Norman. “I love the feel here,” says Ford. “The neighborhood has lots of younger families which I really enjoy. I toss a football with the kids and then go out for a nice adult dinner with the parents.” Ford’s home bears his signature stylish touch. He describes the five-year-old home as “comfortable contemporary” with an open floor plan where dining, living and cooking spaces all converge into one great room. The main downstairs living area is dominated by a big white sectional that blends seamlessly with the white walls and white columns, all of which gives the space a clean, crisp look and contrasts nicely with the hardwood floors and dark kitchen cabinets and dining room table. Ford says he has always had a passion for furniture and interior design. His side business, The Delivery Connector, offers furniture delivery and installation, serving as a middleman between interior designers and their clients. This passion comes through in some of his home’s more unique touches. The large mirror in the giant master suite is custom-framed with reclaimed wood from an old cabin. Flip a switch and the television hidden behind the two-way mirror is revealed. Ford’s garage also serves as a mancave, and has a foosball table and a designer refrigerator—fully stocked with beer, of course—with neon lights and a glass door. There’s also stylish black and white framed racing posters on the wall along with his collection of wakeboards and helmets from his motocross days hang neatly on a beam overhead. When he wants to watch the tube or check out a movie, Ford heads upstairs to his media room, which has distinctive monochromatic, silver-grey walls and black and white framed posters of icons like Marilyn and Elvis. A giant flat-screen TV is mounted on the wall and faces four custom lounge/recliners. Sure, it might be in the suburbs, but Ford’s home is definitely a bachelor pad oasis.

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