When Legacy New Homes partners David Chancellor and Corbin Bartgis decided to build in The Ridge, they envisioned homes with unmatched Lake Martin views, relaxing outdoor living spaces and interior touches that provide warmth and an easy living style. That’s just what they achieved in this South Ridge Harbor home by architect Larry Furlong.

At almost 4,800 square feet, the home features four bedrooms and four baths, two half-baths and a bunk area, providing plenty of sleeping space for family and friends. On the third floor, an additional 1,200 square feet are plumbed and studded, with electricity roughed in and ready to finish, rounding out the available living space at 6,000 square feet.

Working alongside the builders, decorator Ashley Chancellor designed and selected the architectural details, fixtures and finishes in the home. Exterior siding paint is Sherwin Williams’ Tobacco. The walls are nickel gap shiplap in the main living area, and the walls and ceiling, as well as the cabinetry, are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Ballet White.

“Ballet White is a perfect creamy white that isn’t too yellow and not too stark. It’s soft and warm and cozy – a creamy white without the sterile feeling,” Ashley Chancellor said. 

Receiving as many compliments as the lake view, Chancellor said, the floors throughout the home are solid white oak planks. Hardwood Solutions used an oil stain mix of Gris Belge and Titanium Gray for the light, sandy color.

The paired front doors open into a large living area and kitchen with floor-to-ceiling windows availing a wide western view of the lake. Furnishings are neutral with a touch of coral; there’s just enough pop to add interest but nothing to compete with the view.

Decorator Nan Jackson, of Interiors, Etc. by Nan, selected a large wood and metal cabinet for the entry, along with other furnishings in the home, from Johnson Furniture in Eclectic. In addition to the lake view, of course, the focal points of the foyer include a large driftwood horsehead and two light fixtures made of rope that hang from brackets.

“We want to do something different with every home, so once I found the gorgeous driftwood horse, then I found the lights and added the white vases. I wanted it very peaceful because what you are looking at is such a gorgeous view, and you don’t want to overplay what you add to the space,” Jackson explained.

Jackson added a white painting – a foggy scene with shadows and a gray boat dock – to the foyer wall, again not interrupting the pristine view from the front door to the lake but instead complementing it.

“I go everywhere looking for the right pieces to accessorize a home, and I do a lot of research. I wanted light colors and touches of coral, and I’m all about nature, so I love the mounted antlers by the sliding doors onto the porch and the coral and blue stag painting,” Jackson said.

Family and friends could gather in the great room under a cathedral ceiling that is stained with a custom reduction of Benjamin Moore’s Spanish Moss. Two architectural trusses span the width of the ceiling and draw the eyes upward.

An oatmeal-colored sofa, stain resistant and washable for easy clean up when a busy family enjoys the space, along with four large wooden side chairs upholstered in linen blend, create the seating in front of the stone fireplace. Annette Sims in Dadeville made the throw pillows in the living areas and the bedrooms. A glass-topped iron sofa table skirted in a crisscrossed rope grid adds a nautical touch to the room, as do blue glass fish on metal stands centered on the coffee table.

Jackson continued the coral theme by adding lively floral green and coral cushions to a Magnolia Home kitchen table and benches for a cozy eating area in the kitchen. Large framed prints of fern and leaves adorn the wall.

“For the kitchen, we decided to cantilever drawers over the cabinets, which provide a unique layer of depth in the kitchen that you don’t see often and eliminates the need for a toe kick by giving you extra space when standing and using the counter,” Chancellor said.

Cabinetmaker, Dusty Sheffield from Star Cabinetry in Wetumpka, built all the cabinets in the home, including an island, which Chancellor designed. 

“The kitchen island was designed at counter height to be both functional and open to the dining area and great room. The ends of the bar were decorative to be extra eye-candy – not the usual end of a cabinet. I drew a corbel shape on paper for Dusty, and he made it happen,” Chancellor said.

Goodman pendants by Thomas O’Brien provide comfortable lighting over the island, as well as near a side bar area. The chandelier in the dining area mirrors the shades on the pendants, adding a warm glow. Chancellor added more warmth in selecting the countertops.

“I like natural stone in the kitchen because it mimics the nature of the lake. I chose soapstone slabs – not gray overall but dark with white veining. It brings an element of farmhouse feel to the kitchen,” Chancellor said.

Large appliances are Jenn Air. The Legacy team also selected a stainless steel vent hood over the stove.

For the master suite on the main floor, Jackson selected an American Drew wicker headboard and light-colored furniture. Neutral colors in a swivel rocker by the window, and bedding from Traditions and Linens add to the peaceful setting. The bathroom is light and bright with white subway tile on the shower walls, gray penny tile on the shower floor and Carrera quartz for the vanity.

“We wanted a dressier look in the upstairs bathrooms, so we used polished nickel in the fixtures, just for something different. Dusty did a great job creating a deep drawer under each sink with a cutout for the plumbing underneath,” Chancellor said.

A Magnolia Home black, iron canopy bed with matching dresser and side tables provides contrast in the neutral-colored second master. Prints of turtles in the hallway lead to butterfly prints in the bedroom and bath, continuation of a touch of nature carried throughout the house. 

Also on the main floor, the plan allows for a large laundry room and an additional room off the mudroom area for another bedroom or an office space.

Downstairs, pieces of artwork by local Dadeville artist Jim Denny adorn the hallway. A large map of Lake Martin, also created by Denny, hangs near the bar area. An additional fireplace with a large, leather sectional sofa provides another easy gathering area.

For this room, Jackson found a motorcycle bar cart at Johnson Furniture. Replete with tires and steering wheel, the eye-catching, unique piece offers countertop space for serving and a wine storage grid underneath.   

Two bedrooms with lake views, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a hallway with four bunks complete the finished terrace level. Accessed through a utility room downstairs, Legacy built a boat and water toy storage area that opens to the backyard for easy lake access.

Five outdoor seating areas provide even more living and lakeside entertainment space in the yard, which was landscaped by Baker Landscaping in Alexander City. Southern Classics provided the outdoor furniture for the upstairs covered porch, the downstairs screened porch, the fire pit area, a side area for gathering and another grouping near the dock.

Perfect for entertaining family and friends, or as a peaceful getaway from a hectic lifestyle, this home has the details and the view to make time spent on Lake Martin full of joy and precious memories.

For more information about this spectacular Lake Martin home, contact Emily McDaniel at 256-786-9170 or Rhonda Watson at 256-750-2898.