Lake Norman Magazine

Lakefront Love

When Bryan and Gibbs Ives purchased their home on Lake Norman in 1988, the North Carolina natives never imagined that they would one day outgrow-in size and style-the charming 1,500-square-foot ranch. The home had been the family's summer home for years as the family of four would escape Charlotte from Memorial Day through Labor Day. It wasn't until years later when their two kids had gone off to college and the couple was contemplating selling their lake home as they visited it less and less, that they realized the lake was ultimately where they wanted to be, after all. Though they looked at newer, bigger homes on Lake Norman, in the end, they knew they had exactly the lakefront lot they wanted. But instead of attempting a renovation, the Iveses opted instead to tear down the outdated 1980s home and build new. “Gibbs had been collecting images in a folder of homes we liked for years,” says Bryan. The assortment of images showed a clear inclination towards New England shingle-style architecture with a touch of Dutch Colonial most often found on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

After making the decision to sell their Foxcroft home and ultimately retire at the lake, the Iveses began the design process. Having worked with architect Kent Lineberger on their Foxcroft home, the couple reached out to him again to build their new lake home. Though the half-acre lot was spacious, it had its challenges. “It's on a very irregular-shape lot on the cul-de-sac,” explains Lineberger. “With lake setbacks and street setbacks, it made for a very peculiar buildable area.” To fit the sizeable, nearly-5,000-square-foot home on the lot, Lineberger had to be creative and designed a footprint where two L-shaped portions of the home came together to create a zig-zag effect. The result was a spacious downstairs master suite that juts out towards the lake, extensive windows in the gourmet kitchen and family room overlooking the outdoor living space, and a large pea-gravel courtyard entrance surrounded by towering oak trees. Upstairs is Bryan's wine room complete with custom cherry cabinetry and three bedrooms.

Though the Ives weren't sure if they would regret moving to the lake full time and selling their Charlotte home, today they're not looking back. “We had a lot of things we wanted to accomplish,” says Bryan. “Kent was so creative with everything. We absolutely love it here.”