Lake Effect

Though this Texas couple needed a home with more space, they didn't want to leave their lakeside locale. Fortunately, they didn't have to.

Kitchen and great room in the home

Rayford and Dorothy Cade enjoyed years of lakeside living in a small vacation cottage, 100 miles from their primary residence in Dallas, Texas. The cottage served them well until the family grew. "When the grandchildren started to come, we realized we needed a little more room for everyone," recalls Rayford. They decided they’d be better off building from scratch, rather than adding on to the existing house. And they knew just the place to do it: they owned the adjacent 193-by-90-foot lot, which was covered by water from another small lake. But Rayford had a vision. The Cades built a retaining wall, dredged the lake and filled in the lot. When it came time to choose a log home provider, the Cades selected Satterwhite Homes located in Longview, Texas. Dorothy and Rayford decided on the Woodland II design - a 2,471-square-foot home with three bedrooms and four baths, opting to open up one of the downstairs bedrooms and convert it into a game room.  

Putting on the Brakes

With the design secured, the construction began to unfold, but not without a hitch. The dredged lot presented some obstacles. "Satterwhite wasn't comfortable with the subfloor and refused to build on the backfill," says Rayford. The result was a four-month construction delay as Rayford built a second retaining wall, erected piers for support and then completed the foundation and subfloor. Only then would Satterwhite finish the dry-in process. To finish the interior work, Rayford chose local contractor Buck Otis, owner of Buck Otis Construction inLongview,Texas. Although the process was straightforward, the home itself was not. With all his experience in log home construction, Buck was surprised by the variety of wood Dorothy and Rayford, a successful manufacturer of custom high-end leaded glass and wood doors, had chosen. "There are always some variations in the woods that people choose," he says. "But I had never seen such specific or exotic requirements."

The great room features a stone-face hearth and an antler chandelier

Interior Elements

When it came to decorating choices, Dorothy and Rayford wanted to accentuate the home's wood with a rustic motif, yet avoid a heavy, masculine feel. They accomplished it with treasures from their travels: an old leather saddle, a mounted buffalo's head, even a restored classic Brunswick Chateau 1893 pool hall table which now serves as the focal point in their home's game room. Busy Family Uses Both Homes The original vacation home still stands nearby, connected to the log home by a landscaped walkway. "We remodeled it at the same time we built the log home," Rayford says. "It still gets a lot of use.” Rayford Cade incorporated 10 different wood species throughout his lakeside getaway. Check out the October 2004 issue of Log Home Living to learn how his choices resulted in a warm, customized feel.