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Text by Jennifer Olson Photography by Michelle Johnson, Brad and Harolyn Holmes, lake front property, Holmesonthelake.calm, Hot Springs houses, Life and Home, Home story, August 2014

Stately grey accents and colored concrete marry with modern lines to create a clean contemporary.

Imagine yourself relaxing. Warm, gentle breezes playfully brush your hair as you listen to the calming sound of falling water. Somewhere nearby, music plays and the unmistakable scent of a barbeque grill awakens the taste buds. Welcome to outdoor life of Brad and Harolyn Holmes.

 Over-looking the main channel from one of Lake Hamilton’s quiet coves, it is no mystery as to why lake front property is the perfect fit for the active couple. Married for over 25 years, the couple made the transition from Altheimer to Hot Springs slowly, beginning with the remodeling of several shoreline condos. Lake life calling, led to buying and building rental property as he slowly phased out of his farming past.

Text by Jennifer Olson Photography by Michelle Johnson, Brad and Harolyn Holmes, lake front property, Holmesonthelake.calm, Hot Springs houses, Life and Home, Home story, August 2014

Second floor balcony view of outside living space overlooking Lake Hamilton and the salt water pool with deck jets.

Harolyn remembers, “It got to where, on Sunday nights, we dreaded going home. After our daughters graduated high school, we would often drive home early on Monday mornings.”

Harolyn, a life-long educator, made the move to Hot Springs when she became employed with the Mountain Pine School District. During that same time, the couple began construction on a home, Brad traveled back and forth to Altheimer, Harolyn began graduate school, one of their daughters moved in while doing her student teaching, and they planned a wedding.

Since fully relocating to the Spa City, the Holmeses have built four personal houses on the banks of Lake Hamilton. Their former home, a Mediterranean style off of Highway 7 South, was totally different from their current masterpiece.

“Every house we’ve built has been totally different,” says Brad. “We sold our last house in July, this lot became available and we started construction in August, and moved in mid-March. The inside was pretty much completed. We still had lots of work outside, mainly the sprinkler system and landscaping. We technically finished up just before Memorial Day weekend.”

Brad, who now owns Vibra Construction, Elite Crete Mid South, and Chaotic Pigments, had the house in mind when he went to the architect. He knew exactly what they wanted and what to exclude. Advised that the lot was ideal for a walk-out basement, Brad refused to change his vision.

Text by Jennifer Olson Photography by Michelle Johnson, Brad and Harolyn Holmes, lake front property, Holmesonthelake.calm, Hot Springs houses, Life and Home, Home story, August 2014

Black and white granite countertops warm the sleek, industrial stainless and grey kitchen

Text by Jennifer Olson Photography by Michelle Johnson, Brad and Harolyn Holmes, lake front property, Holmesonthelake.calm, Hot Springs houses, Life and Home, Home story, August 2014

Gleaming decorative concrete floors anchor the living room. Bright, bold hues of orange and green draw the eye across the room, over beautifully upholstered pieces.

“I’ve had this house in my head for quite a while. I always first draw our projects on graph paper. We have actually built several rental projects, specs, and even one of our personal homes off of these sketchy drawings. Nowadays, you have to have plans because we move so quickly. I say that…We had rough prints back from the architect within two weeks, the head framer and I tweaked them and we rolled with what we had, making changes as we went. This makes our subs contractors crazy, but they know how I am, and they adapt.”

Text by Jennifer Olson Photography by Michelle Johnson, Brad and Harolyn Holmes, lake front property, Holmesonthelake.calm, Hot Springs houses, Life and Home, Home story, August 2014

Master bedroom exudes cool refinement. Grey walls canvas the glorious artwork that is the rug, while soothing white invites peace and slumber.

When it came to the home’s color palette, the couple went in an opposite direction as well. Shunning previously used colors that are popular among homebuyers, such as earth tones and copper, Harolyn went instead with cool, sleek tones of grey, black, and white. After moving in, the décor outcome was not what either of them had expected.

“Brad said it looked like a black and white movie!” laughs Harolyn. “So when we moved in, I went crazy with color. Then, it looked like a carnival scene.”

Harolyn decided to pull back some of the color and she focused on color groupings instead. The result is glorious eye candy. Neutral shades of steel create a calming canvas for the pops of color brought in through artwork and furniture pieces. Memorable color bursts of orange and hues of turquoise lead the eye to the glorious view of the main channel. Family heirlooms that were given new life with chalk paint mix perfectly with new furniture purchases for the eclectic style that often marks life on the waterfront.

Text by Jennifer Olson Photography by Michelle Johnson, Brad and Harolyn Holmes, lake front property, Holmesonthelake.calm, Hot Springs houses, Life and Home, Home story, August 2014

A classic white dresser, awash with beachy texture, offers a starfish collection and casual contemporary décor. Orange accents draw the eye to the commanding floor.

Text by Jennifer Olson Photography by Michelle Johnson, Brad and Harolyn Holmes, lake front property, Holmesonthelake.calm, Hot Springs houses, Life and Home, Home story, August 2014

The bathtub nook makes a statement on its own in the Master bath. Tasteful art pieces create a vivid vignette.

Harolyn’s talent for interior design is evident, but she faces fierce competition, apparent when visitors come to her home. The floors, impressive works of art on their own, get the attention, front and center. Constructed of decorative concrete, Brad created truly stunning flooring systems throughout the home. The main floor is made of a metallic powder and epoxy technique called REFLECTOR™ Enhancer from Elite Crete Systems, a company Brads represents. The result is a unique marble look that was originally designed for commercial use but has taken off for use in residential projects.

Four bedrooms and six bathrooms expand throughout the 4,400 square feet of heated and cooled space. Because Brad and Harolyn live on the main floor, the Master suite flows seamlessly off the living room. A generous size, the bedroom has a view of the main channel and the spa-like bath boasts customized vanities.

Text by Jennifer Olson Photography by Michelle Johnson, Brad and Harolyn Holmes, lake front property, Holmesonthelake.calm, Hot Springs houses, Life and Home, Home story, August 2014

Party Central- a second view of the entertainment mecca. Orange chaise lounges and multiple seating groups offer guests a lakeside view.

A sleek, modern kitchen, complete with clean lines, stainless steel appliances, and a bar-height counter topped with black and white swirled granite is luxuriously inviting. An additional wet-bar is also on hand for additional space and indoor get-togethers.

Upstairs, guests are treated to a sitting room, two full baths, and two bedrooms with 18 foot ceilings and a balcony from which to enjoy the view.

With any lake front home, the true enjoyment comes from the backyard. Brad and Harolyn designed their home to use the outdoor living space year round, and they entertain on about 3,000 square feet of lakeside space. Keeping with the laid back, leisurely style, the pool surround and most of the outdoor spaces were done in a style known as Modern Coastal. Resembling the seaside of Florida, the ambiance is perfect for hosting parties.

Text by Jennifer Olson Photography by Michelle Johnson, Brad and Harolyn Holmes, lake front property, Holmesonthelake.calm, Hot Springs houses, Life and Home, Home story, August 2014

Channeling a resort feel with relaxing lakeside dining, a view of the pool, and Lake Hamilton.

“We have so much company. When one crew leaves, another seems to arrive. We call it the Shift Change!” jokes Harolyn of their entertaining lifestyle. The Holmes’ daughters, Rebecca and Julie, visit regularly with their families. Wakeboarding is the next sport on one of their grandson’s list.

Ensuring the party goes on no matter the season, the cabana area features large windows, a heating and air unit, pantry, bathroom, and kitchen. This area washes clean with a special non-slip concrete floor, often used in garages. If the weather chooses not to cooperate, a glass garage door encloses the cabana and the entertaining continues. A bar on casters, featuring a sealed epoxy concrete countertop, moves easily and can be used for food prep or sampling the never ending fare from the massive barbeque area.

The outdoor kitchen is where Brad can very often be found. He designed the back of the house for outdoor living and parties. His status as Grill Master is evident.

“About 95% of our meals are cooked on the grill; 94 ½ % are cooked by me,” grins Brad as Harolyn laughs. He goes on to say, “Everybody knows it!”

Text by Jennifer Olson Photography by Michelle Johnson, Brad and Harolyn Holmes, lake front property, Holmesonthelake.calm, Hot Springs houses, Life and Home, Home story, August 2014

Build it, and they will come….the magic happens when Brad fires up the grill in the outdoor kitchen and Harolyn hosts lucky barbeque guests.

With the hottest grill on the lake, flat screen televisions mounted to the walls, surround music, and a salt water pool, the Holmes’ house keeps everyone entertained. The contractors who worked on the project realized the scope of the design.

“Our framers called this the Mullet House,” Brad laughs. “It’s all business in the front, and a party in the back!”

The couple cruises along Lake Hamilton on their barge, enjoying sunsets and visiting family and friends. They don’t have to worry about leaving their paradise unattended. The security system allows them to view the home from multiple angles on a TV screen. They can control the whole system from their cell phones, including locking doors and closing the garage.

Text by Jennifer Olson Photography by Michelle Johnson, Brad and Harolyn Holmes, lake front property, Holmesonthelake.calm, Hot Springs houses, Life and Home, Home story, August 2014

All aglow- the pool takes on a deep hue, the pine soffit basks in the outdoor lighting, and the cabana is ready for an evening get together.

The colored and stamped concrete around the outside of home is offset under the eaves with stained and treated pine used as soffit. Wood is echoed on the board walk and dock as well. At night, the residence is awash with lights, making it a pleasant sight day and night.This Modern Coastal is laid back and whimsical, comfortable and classic, and the very definition of life with the Holmeses. A sweet little sign, painted by one of their daughters, expresses the vibe on the lake, party or not….Holmesonthelake.calm.

Text by Jennifer Olson, Photography by Michelle Johnson
 

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