A Lakeside Paradise Reimagined

McLemore Design Group Transforms Vacation House into Stunning Retreat

Tish McLemore and her team at McLemore Design Group partnered with Gerardo Lorenzo with Horseshoe Bay Remodeling to reimagine the recently purchased vacation home of Cypress residents Clayton and Shanna Clark. The Clark’s already owned a home on Lake LBJ, where they loved the beauty and peace of the lake and surrounding wildlife, but when a more spacious house with a larger lot became available, they jumped on the opportunity.

The 4200 square foot home on Horseshoe Bay has stunning views of the lake but just needed updates to bring it out of the 80s and make it more functional and modern for the Clarks and their guests. What was a four-bedroom, four-bathroom house was transformed into a five-bedroom, five-bathroom home, including the addition of a new bunk room that sleeps six. The new bunk room was achieved by removing outdated built-ins and a wet bar from what had previously been the office. Additionally, space was carved out of a hall closet and large primary closet space to create an additional bathroom for use with the bunk room. All the bathrooms throughout the house were updated with large showers and modern features. The kitchen was brought up to date with new countertops, appliances, and refreshing the cabinets.


The basic layout of the kitchen and cabinet bases remained, but updated doors and Sherwin Williams Shoji White paint refreshed the dated stained look. The fluorescent lights and enclosed area between the top of a kitchen cabinet and the ceiling, called furr downs, were removed and pendant lighting was added over the island. New hardware and caning accents were added to the cabinets for a mid-century modern look. The high/low main island was transformed into a large, one-level island with Quartz countertops and backsplash, which along with new appliances, make a kitchen space any chef would envy.

Breakfast Area

A new sidebar including double wine refrigerators and matching Quartz countertops in the breakfast area, along with a more modern hanging light fixture over the table, and larger windows providing enhanced lake views and more natural light complete the update. Between the kitchen and breakfast area, there is plenty of room to entertain family and friends.

Living Room

The stone comprising the wall arches in the living room was carefully extracted and repurposed to create an electric corner fireplace that provides a warm, cozy feel to the room. The remaining space on the TV wall was given a grasscloth wall-covering for added texture and color. Extra-large drawers along the bottom of the wall were added and stained to coordinate with the island in the kitchen. The clipped corners in the tray ceiling were removed and eye-catching, dark walnut-stained ceiling beams were installed. Replacing the three windows with one large picture window enhanced the view of the lake and let in more natural light.

Bunkroom Full Bath

Repurposing a hall closet and part of the primary closet helped to create a fifth bathroom for the bunk room. The design included subway tile stacked vertically on one wall and Terrazzo tile on other walls, in addition to stained white oak cabinets with modern cabinet hardware, a large shower with extra-large niche, mosaic floor tile, matte-black plumbing fixtures and sink faucet that includes a sprayer for easy cleaning.

Laundry Room

The existing cabinets in the laundry room were painted with Sherwin Williams Elephant Ear. A wavy oversized subway tile backsplash and butcher block countertop were added, as well as patterned ceramic tile on the floor in shades of gray. New double washer and dryer combos, plus an extra refrigerator for food and drink storage helps accommodate multiple guests.

Exterior of House

The exterior of the home was also updated with a metal roof, painted stucco using Sherwin Williams Natural Tan and Urbane Bronze for the trim, and a chemical wash of the Texas Limestone. New wood and glass-stained double doors give a warm Hill Country welcome to all who enter the house. Finishing touches of cedar accents and copper lighting complete the updated look of the home’s exterior.

McLemore Design Group


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