It’s clear Ken and Annette Funderburk love Lake Martin, and their new home in the The Ridge helps them share it with friends and family. They are, just now, settling into their second home in the South Ridge Harbor at this popular Russell Lands neighborhood. The Funderburks worked with Classic Homes and a house plan by architect Larry Furlong to help them plan the space.
“The Russell folks helped us pick cabinets, floors, paint, rock and tile. They are really good at what they do, and we liked working with Nan Jackson and her team,” Ken Funderburk said.
The 4,000-square foot home offers a spacious living area and kitchen, two masters on the main level, plus an additional living room, bunkroom and two bedrooms with baths on the lakeside terrace level. A space above the garage and another room downstairs are ready for later expansion into office space or guest suites. The main level nickel-gap paneled walls are painted in Natural Linen by Benjamin Moore; the interior doors are Adoptive Shade by Sherwin Williams.
Stone and cedar, including massive columns and architectural elements, define the exterior. The garage is separated from the home with a covered walkway that leads to an entrance with a mudroom.
The Funderburks credit Phil Spraggins, Phil Interior Design in Alexander City, for the final details that have made their house a comfortable home filled with both lakeside treasures and family memories.
“We sold our other home furnished, and so we were starting over completely and needed help. Interior designers really need to understand you when they are selecting everything from linens to outdoor furniture. Phil did a great job with it all,” Funderburk said.
Spraggins, who selected dozens of natural elements to bring the outside in, said his goal was to synchronize the owners’ tastes with the lake and its beauty. To that end, the home is filled with feathers, driftwood and natural stone, along with paintings, photos and prints of nature, the lake and the Lake Martin community.
A shaded front entryway into the foyer leads guests to a living area that seems to expand out to the lake. On the left, a table with two light fixtures suspended by and wrapped in rope greet visitors with a nod to nautical lake life. A wall to the right features three tremendous black and white photographs of Lake Martin landmarks. The photos by Kenneth Boone and Jim Denney were blown up to 7 feet by 40 inches; and then, were mounted on boards to cover the immense wall and set the tone for the home.
To protect the heart pine floors in high-traffic areas and to soften the rooms, Spraggins used a Moroccan rug as the center piece of the living area and added complementary rugs, some of which are oushak, throughout the home for continuity of color and tone from room to room.
Four club chairs, a tufted leather sofa and a rustic wood and iron round coffee table complete an intimate space in front of the stone fireplace. Above the fireplace, two large Indonesian vine wreaths hang. A bluestone and iron sofa table, weighing in at 250 pounds, provides a perfect divider between living room and kitchen but allows the space to be adjusted for either larger or more intimate gatherings. A massive chandelier, consisting of two tiers of iron rings with Edison bulbs, is suspended above the room, creating a focal point and ambience.
Driftwood pieces decorate the walls in the kitchen, and large basket-styled chandeliers and iron spires pull the eyes upward to the tops of the cabinets. The vent hood and cabinets are painted a neutral, creamy color, while the island is stained, adding a dramatic centerpiece to the room. Tin and copper chandeliers from Shades of Light hang from a cedar beam suspended above the island. The backsplash of brick-shaped, hand-glazed tiles in a creamy beige blend with the quartz countertops.
A live edge walnut dining table from Holley’s Home Furnishings in Alexander City, along with six upholstered, nail-head-trimmed chairs purchased separately from the table, provide a mealtime location that invites diners to linger. Framed prints of ferns native to the area hang in the nook. A pantry with the coffee bar stands in close proximity for easy access.
“I use local stores as much as possible – King’s, Holley’s and McGhee’s in Alexander City, Johnson’s in Eclectic. I look at Longleaf Antiques locally and Scott’s Antiques in Atlanta to find just the right pieces for my clients,” Spraggins said.
The great room also includes a wet bar built from stained pecky-cypress cabinets with rustic iron drawer pulls and custom slide-out drawers for storage. Three glass pendant lights hang above. Large windows above the bar open to the front of the home, offering natural light from the side of the room opposite the large windows overlooking the lake.
A covered porch extends across the back of the house. A section on one end, outside the master bedroom, is ready for relaxation in comfortable seating. A section on the other end of the porch, outside the kitchen, is screened and offers dining on a table made from old barn wood, purchased in Brundidge, Alabama, at City Antiques. Ken and Annette’s favorite place resides between the two areas with tete-a-tete custom seating, made with double balcony chairs connected by a table – perfect for morning coffee and evening cocktails while taking in the magnificent view of Lake Martin.
Restoration Hardware furniture, plus soft drapes, custom made from lined painters’ cloths, create a perfect master bedroom retreat. Rugs and linens are neutral. Again, natural elements and antique tiles decorate the space. The master bath is separated from the room with a barn door built by students at Ingram State Technical College (ISTC).
Annette is the president of ISTC, an Alabama community college that provides job training to incarcerated students. Through what is known as a “live work” policy, the Funderburks purchased their own materials and supplies and paid an additional surcharge; then, they added their projects to the waitlist for ISTC carpentry and cabinet students to build.
“We definitely wanted their work to be a part of our home. This opportunity gives our students on-the-job training. We have two barn doors, a queen bed swing and the cabinets in our half-baths that were built by Ingram students. They did a really great job, and it makes the home even more special to us,” Funderburk said.
The master bath is tiled in porcelain with a mosaic border inset on the floor and carried onto the shower’s floor and wall. Quartz countertops, a soaker tub and a beaded chandelier add to the luxurious space.
The main floor guest room can be used as a second master – beautifully attired with gray linens, furniture and a bath with large shower.
Downstairs, the Funderburks created a relaxed game and television room with a wet bar and cooler. Arrowheads found by Annette’s father are framed and hang on the wall. Other décor includes lake scenes painted by friends and family, as well as an American flag. Two sets of bunk beds, painted gray to match the doors, line one side of the hallway that leads to two additional bedrooms and baths. Both bedrooms have views of the lake. A flagstone patio with seating and a queen-sized bed swing is just outside the living room doors.
“Our goal was to have a place our three boys could bring their families to enjoy. And, hopefully retire on this beautiful lake,” Funderburk said.