Lake Wylie Living Spring 2006
“Inspired Design” Custom-built homes popular around the lake
by Leigh Pressley
An Active Lake Lifestyle
Doug McSpadden spent his summers and winter weekends on Lake Wylie from the time his family bought a boat when he was 10.
Now a custom home builder who works on Lake Wylie exclusively and lives there himself, McSpadden chose the lake so his boys, Harrison, 16 and Connor, 13, could grow up with the same outdoor active lifestyle. McSpadden and his wife, Laurie, enjoy a deck boat, jet skis, kayaks, canoes, wakeboards, sailboards, a dinghy and an ultralight plane with their sons.
“I always knew I’d have to live at the lake,” says Doug. “You hear people say that at every lake or coast you go to; we all have a similar attitude about recreation and leisure. But I feel very strongly that it’s really a different philosophy of living. Being on the water is a different way of life.”
The McSpaddens live in a $1.3 million, award-winning spec home Doug built in Misty Waters on Belmont’s South Point Peninsula. The upscale community has just 58 lots, but offers amenities such as a community pool and clubhouse.
The 5,100-square-foot Craftsman home features cedar shakes, dry-stacked stone and a series of graceful rock arches inspired by the Grove Park Inn’s spa. Located on a cul-de-sac lot with 120 feet of shoreline, the home is a relaxed, family-friendly sanctuary that blends nicely with the surroundings.
Starting with a plan created by Living Concepts, McSpadden used his architecture degree to customize the home’s layout.
Dry-stacked stone columns, heavy beams, cedar accents, an arched front doorway and stained glass inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright give the home a rustic feel both inside and out.
The family spends a lot of time in the kitchen, which blends birch and alder cabinets with modern stainless steel appliances, and in the adjacent keeping room, originally designed as a screened porch. A covered terrace with a grill and patio furniture offers an outdoor gathering place.
“It’s so nice to have the lake as part of our scenery all day,” says Laurie.
Downstairs, the boys have their own bedrooms and large rec room with a widescreen TV, sectional sofas and a wet bar. The lower terrace, surrounded by rock arches, features an outdoor pool, spa, ping-pong table, heaters and shower.
As much as he loves the Craftsman house, McSpadden plans to build another custom home for his family on a nearby point lot within the next year.
“We just love the South Point peninsula of Lake Wylie,” he says. “It’s the natural setting, the proximity to Charlotte, the small-town feel of Belmont and the inability for urban sprawl to creep in here since you have a river on either side of the land. We can’t imagine living anywhere else. After 17 years, we’re convinced that this area of Lake Wylie is the greatest place in the world to live.”