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Throughout the home are various wood pieces handmade by Susan’s father, and gorgeous paintings by her niece who is a well- known artist. The main living area echoes the same layout as the first house, but has rustic exposed ceilings, built in cabinets and darker finishes hinting at the craftsman style. The kitchen and dining area has the indoor-outdoor living concept like the other house, but adds a substantial wood oven hood, darker granite and rustic tile work to carry the more traditional theme. As different as the two homes are, one thing remains constant. The breathtaking views are never far away. Each room was designed to intensify the lake experience for the visitor. After the massive challenges of building the two homes, Jim and Susan fully enjoy the fruits of their tedious labor, and find their Bennett’s Bay homes the perfect escape from their hectic lives.


“I have a friend who lives in Florida on an island called Verde Island; there is a bridge you go across to get there and they call it the Bridge of Sighs because you leave the big city behind and can’t help but sigh with relief as you go to your own private island. And I always think we have the Tram of Sighs because it does not matter what time of year it is, it’s so gorgeous looking outside at the lake, it’s like a decompression,” says Susan. And so, even taking into account the extreme stress of building permits, a crashed housing market and the hurdles of a challenging build, the Camerons are unanimous. They not only think it was worth every sleepless night and tension headache, they want to do it all again someday! “That’s just how I do things, it gets wild sometimes,” says Jim.


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