Lake Gaston Retreat

This waterfront patio by Heather Garrett Interior Design features cozy lounge chairs, creating an inviting space for homeowners and guests to relax by the pool.

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Porch Swings

Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit. Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.

Comfy Outdoor Lounge With Fireplace & Drapery

Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.

Outdoor Lounge at Lakefront Home

Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit. Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there. We're told the lake is a jet ski drag strip on the weekends, so good spectator seating!

Back of Lakefront Home With a Saltwater Pool & Lounge Area

This 4,000 square foot retreat on Lake Gaston in rural North Carolina features an inviting pool and plenty of space to lounge outside in the sun or shade. Outdoor drapery helped blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.

Covered Porch Overlooking Pool & Lake

Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.

Saltwater Pool & Spa Overlooks Lake Gaston

A stunning saltwater pool and spa offers a place to relax and take in the lake views. Steps away, a floating lounge with a wet bar and plenty of seating is perfect for entertaining.

Party Deck on the Lake

Many of the residential properties on this lake have ​a boat dock. The Houghtons bought two lots, making room for a boat dock AND a second "party deck" (this was their wish, in two words!). So HGID designed this as a floating lounge, literally - comfy upholstered seating areas with a huge TV, swimming dock (they're wake boarding fanatics) and wet bar complete with a kegerator (they're fanatical for beer). Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there. We're told the lake is a jet ski drag strip on the weekends, so good spectator seating!

Elevated Deck on the Lake With Swings & Al Fresco Dining

Enjoy al fresco dining on this elevated, lakeside deck. After dining, relax on one of the swings. Many of the residential properties on this lake have ​a boat dock. The Houghtons bought two lots, making room for a boat dock AND a second "party deck" (this was their wish, in two words!). So HGID designed this as a floating lounge, literally - comfy upholstered seating areas with a huge TV, swimming dock (they're wake boarding fanatics) and wet bar complete with a kegerator (they're fanatical for beer). Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.

Dining Area & Bar on Elevated, Lakeside Deck

Many of the residential properties on this lake have ​a boat dock. The Houghtons bought two lots, making room for a boat dock AND a second "party deck" (this was their wish, in two words!). So HGID designed this as a floating lounge, literally - comfy upholstered seating areas with a huge TV, swimming dock (they're wake boarding fanatics) and wet bar complete with a kegerator (they're fanatical for beer). Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there. We're told the lake is a jet ski drag strip on the weekends, so good spectator seating!

Floating Lounge on the Lake With Comfy Seating

Many of the residential properties on this lake have ​a boat dock. The Houghtons bought two lots, making room for a boat dock AND a second "party deck" (this was their wish, in two words!). So HGID designed this as a floating lounge, literally - comfy upholstered seating areas with a huge TV, swimming dock (they're wake boarding fanatics) and wet bar complete with a kegerator (they're fanatical for beer). Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.

Outdoor Drapery

Everything on the porch is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.

Hammock on Floating Lounge

On the floating lounge, enjoy some relaxation on the hammock that is perfect for napping, reading or taking in the lake views.

Gorgeous Lakeside Retreat

The Houghtons' 4,000 square foot lakeside retreat on Lake Gaston in rural North Carolina offers a place for the family to work and play when not spending time at their home in Chapel Hill. Inside, Heather Garrett Interior Design and the Houghtons determined that a fitness room took priority over a vacuous master bedroom suite, so Heather designated that area on plan to house a gym with a climbing wall. She then ditched the idea of a dining room, in favor of a deep upholstered niche and shuffleboard table open to the kitchen and family room.