Waterside Retreats: Sleek Texas Lake House With Terraces

Located in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, this contemporary lake house enjoys spectacular views of Lake Lyndon B. Johnson and the Colorado River. French doors create an effortless transition to the back porch, where the owners can soak up some sun, entertain guests, or follow a set of terraces to a boat house and fishing dock.

From: Jay Corder

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Photo By: Nick Johnson

Contemporary Lake House Shines at Night

This lake house is a total showstopper at night, with glass walls that cast a warm glow across the backyard. From this spot, guests can see the various terraces and bridges that layer the landscape.

Contemporary Lake House Sits on Natural Slope

The site's slope was a major factor in the overall design and plan of the house, as the architects wanted to preserve the lake views without disrupting the landscape. Thus, the team carefully fitted a series of terraced living spaces into the terrain, which allow the owners to enjoy the water but have minimal impact on the setting.

Contemporary Lake House in Horseshoe Bay, Texas

This contemporary lake house is located in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, and so enjoys sweeping views of Lake Lyndon B. Johnson and the Colorado River. The home was designed by architect Jay Corder to be a symbiotic blend of casual lake living with a sophisticated aesthetic.

Screened-In Porch With Comfortable Seating

Every lake house needs a screened-in porch! With two wicker sofas and matching armchairs, this space is perfect for sipping sweet tea and catching up with friends and family.

Main House Opens to Outdoor Sitting Area

The main house opens right up to the outdoor living areas and adjacent porches. Here, four wicker chairs make the most of the covered porch and create a comfortable sitting area for catching up with friends.

Covered Sitting Area With Wicker Armchairs

With fresh air and views of the water, but also protection from the elements, this cozy sitting area enjoys the best of indoor/outdoor living. Double doors create a seamless transition inside when someone needs a snack or something to drink.

Contemporary Entry With Natural Touches

This entryway easily sets the tone for the whole lake house, as its clean lines and raw materials offer a glimpse of what's to come. Through the door, guests will arrive at a sophisticated stone breezeway.

Great Room Complete With Vaulted Ceilings

The heart of the home is easily the great room, where a stone fireplace and three comfortable sofas encourage the owners to curl up after a day out on the water. Wood beams overhead draw attention to the vaulted ceilings and help accentuate the room's height.

Low-Level Furniture Works Overtime in Great Room

The soaring fireplace accentuates the room's height, too, by drawing the eye up from the floor to the ceiling. Low-level furniture makes the space feel just as open and also allows for unobstructed views of the water.

Natural Flow From Kitchen to Great Room

This lake house has such a great sense of flow, as the kitchen gives way to the dining area and then the living room. In turn, once they've finished their meal, the owners and their friends can take their drinks over to the sofas.

Bright White Kitchen With Stucco Accent Wall

In this all-white kitchen, a stucco accent wall adds just the right amount of texture. Three lantern-like pendants illuminate the island, which has five tufted barstools for easy entertaining.

Dining Space Allows for Family-Style Dinners

Behind the island, a long wood table with seven slipper chairs allows for large family-style dinners. Notice how the chair's white upholstery perfectly complements the color palette in the kitchen.

Walls of Windows in Coastal Dining Room

Imagine enjoying breakfast with a view like this every morning! Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the dining room with natural light and showcase the lake outside. Cushioned chairs and a matching bench provide comfortable seating, just in case the owners want to sit a spell.

Wood Stairs With Metal and Wire Railing

To access the second floor, the owners simply need to turn a corner and follow these stairs. A thin metal railing offers support along the way, without drawing attention from the beautiful wood siding.

Landing Outfitted With Purple Loveseats

With floor-to-ceiling windows all around, this landing practically begged to have a sitting area! Thus, the designers outfitted the space with a coffee table and two purple loveseats, which the owners can use for reading or entertaining.

Soothing Master Suite With Tufted Headboard

From the lavender curtains to the pretty platform bed, every inch of this master suite encourages rest and relaxation. A tufted headboard adds a luxe touch to the space, which the designers then complemented with jewel-toned throw pillows.

Soaking Tub, Sleek Stall Shower in Bathroom

This bathroom eschews traditional wood vanities in favor of modern simplicity: think a soaking tub and a shower with sleek glass walls. At the same time, a tile backsplash adds just a hint of character and charm.

Cozy Kids Room With Built-In Bunk Beds

Okay, how cute is this kids room? Built-in bunk beds give the little ones a taste of summer camp, while a marquee sign that reads "Te Amo" doubles as an adorable nightlight.

Bunk Beds Include Night Lights, Bookshelves

This bunk bed has everything a kid could need: a built-in night light, a shelf for comic books and graphic novels and, of course, super-soft pillows.

Sophisticated Stone Breezeway

This contemporary breezeway offers shelter from both the rain and the sun. Notice, too, how thoughtfully the space was designed, with slats that allow for natural light and stone siding that's as durable as it is elegant.

Terrace Leads to Boat House, Fishing Docks

This project consists of a main house and boathouse, which are connected by a series of outdoor terraces like the one pictured here. A bridge gives the owners access to the boat slips and fishing docks as well.

Bridge Provides Panoramic Views of Lake

You just can't beat a view like this. From up on the bridge, which connects the main house and upper lawn areas to the boathouse below, guests can see for miles across the water.

Deck Doubles as Space for Cocktail Hour

One of the best things about this lake house is easily the deck. Here, high-top tables can be used for dining al fresco or an impromptu cocktail hour, while four lounge chairs invite the owners to soak up some sun by the water.

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