Returning to places you’ve visited long ago can be a dangerous thing — time has a funny way of erasing all that you’ve remembered. Unless, of course, you’re talking about the Blue Ridge Mountains, where beauty tends to hang around for centuries.

Such was the case with Dick Neubert, who used to fish the gentle streams of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. He fell in love with the place. So, after spending 22 years in New Jersey with his wife, Patricia, the Neuberts headed south to begin a new chapter of life together on 3-1/2 lakeside acres in Hiawassee, Georgia.

Lakeside Living

The couple selected an existing floor plan by Alpine Log Homes that catered to a lakeside design. “Using this plan as a starting point, the Neuberts worked directly with our architect, Scott Pickles, to design a home that incorporated high ceilings (16 feet in the kitchen and master bedroom and 24 feet in the great room) and large open living areas with breathtaking outdoor views,” says Chris Wilson, manager of client services for Alpine Log Homes.

The Neuberts divided their 7,000-sq.-ft. living space among:
• The main level with great room, master bedroom and master bath.
• The lower level with a living area and fireplace, bedroom and a room designed around Dick’s 1800s-reproduction pool table.
• A loft with library/office, bedroom and bathroom.

Other details they love:
• Oversized Palladian windows.
• A deck that extends the lakeside length of the house.
• Lightly stained oak floors that complement the natural hues of interior lodgepole pine logs.

Southwestern Flair

Patricia selected furnishings and accessories using a foundation of several Southwestern colors, including red, dark green and taupe. Their great room is brought to life with some amazing finds, including a Navajo rug that has been mounted on one of the walls and a tribal drum that doubles as a coffee table. The kitchen, also giving a nod to the Southwest, features dark gray granite and off-white ceramic tile with small red diamond accents that tie in the red AGA stove.