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Perfect lake house becomes year-round home

Springfield News-Leader (Missouri) logo Springfield News-Leader (Missouri) 10/21/2019 Jan Peterson, Special to the Springfield News-Leader

For years, Mike and Mary Walker enjoyed their little lake house at Hoot Owl Point on the banks of Table Rock Lake.

But it increasingly felt cramped, and their thoughts turned to another property they passed on every trip down.

One day in 2012 on their way to their cabin, she spotted it was for sale. “Back up the car,” she told Mike. “Now is our chance.”

“We had it within a week,” she says with a broad smile.

The log cabin-style home had been built in 1999 and was in very good condition, if dated.

But the size was perfect for their blended family of five children, their significant others and 12 grandchildren.

a living room filled with furniture and a fire place: The Walkers were sold on their home’s location, design and views. This is the middle level, which they redecorated but didn’t need to remodel. © Brenna Stark/Special to the Springfield News-Leader The Walkers were sold on their home’s location, design and views. This is the middle level, which they redecorated but didn’t need to remodel.

The front door opens to the second of three levels. Visitors are greeted with an expansive view of the lake through two-story windows and a large, open living space.

All it needed was a bit of updating and redecorating, Mary says.

Downstairs, however, was another story entirely. It was very dark and featured a suspended ceiling with acoustic tile.

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Part of the renovation included creating a space for Mike’s office. Next door is Mary’s stained-glass studio. © Brenna Stark/Special to the Springfield News-Leader Part of the renovation included creating a space for Mike’s office. Next door is Mary’s stained-glass studio.

The Walkers transformed the space by installing new flooring, shelves and bookcases. They also painted the cabinets and installed a new sink in the kitchenette and created an office for Mike and a stained-glass studio for Mary.

Not content to rest there, the couple then turned their attention to the third floor and an unfinished attic space. There, they finished the walls, floors and ceilings and created a bunkroom with five beds, perfect for visiting grandchildren.

a living room filled with furniture and a bed: The bunkroom previously was unused space, so the Walkers used it to create a special place for their grandkids when they visit. © Brenna Stark/Special to the Springfield News-Leader The bunkroom previously was unused space, so the Walkers used it to create a special place for their grandkids when they visit.

And over time, the Walkers’ lake house became their year-round home.

Now, Mary says, they’re pretty settled and don’t have any major projects in mind.

But she will be busy in the coming weeks decking the log cabin out for the holidays. She typically goes big for her family, but this year the audience will be a bit wider.

The Walkers agreed to open their home to the public for the 19th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes, to help Neighbors and Friends of Table Rock Lake raise money for Stone and Taney county charities.

Mary says saying no really wasn’t an option.

a room filled with furniture and a fireplace: The lower level is where Mary and Mike spent the most energy. They essentially gutted and redesigned the entire space. © Brenna Stark/Special to the Springfield News-Leader The lower level is where Mary and Mike spent the most energy. They essentially gutted and redesigned the entire space.

Want to go?

What: The 19th Annual Neighbors and Friends of Table Rock Lake Christmas Tour of Homes, homes decorated for the holidays

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7

Where: Four area homes; a Galleria and Marketplace will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. the days of the tour at Kimberling Area Library, 45 Kimberling Blvd. Local crafts, jewelry, baked goods, drawings, complimentary coffee and cookies and tour tickets will be available. Lunch also is available for $10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: $15 in advance (through Dec. 5) or $20 on days of the tour. Tickets are available from any NFTRL member, Rhodes Price Chopper in Branson or Harter House or Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City

Info: nftrl.org or publicity@nftrl.org

About the tour: Proceeds from the tour and other fundraisers held by NFTRL raised more than $71,000 for Stone and Taney county charities in 2018 alone. That money was awarded to 22 charitable organizations. Over the years, the nonprofit group has raised and distributed more than $500,000 in grants.

a kitchen with wooden cabinets and a fireplace: The Walkers’ décor features rustic elements such as the entryway chandelier along with cherished family antiques, boho elements and splashes of color everywhere. © Brenna Stark/Special to the Springfield News-Leader The Walkers’ décor features rustic elements such as the entryway chandelier along with cherished family antiques, boho elements and splashes of color everywhere.

Nominate a Home of the Week

If you would like to suggest a home — a friend’s, a family member’s, your own or a client’s — email Jan Peterson at jan.peterson@att.net. In our quest to showcase the widest variety of homes possible, we will occasionally feature homes on the market. In order for listed homes to be considered, they must be furnished and the owner must consent to an interview. Addresses of homes are published only if the home is listed on the MLS or if requested as part of a homes tour.

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