Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mid-Century Modern at Deep Creek Lake

Front door and foyer 
Yes, it is the first day of autumn!  At least while it is still September I wanted to do a post about this cool house that we stayed at on Deep Creek Lake over the summer...  I really wanted to keep some pictures of this home, because it was such a cool house and we will never be able to stay there again -- it has been sold, and is no longer available as a vacation property!

Lakefront property on Turkey Neck area of Deep Creek Lake -- view of the house from the lake.  Inset picture is view of the lake and dock from the house.
I always try to find interesting homes to stay at on our vacations -- usually original/rustic or contemporary/modern.  We thought of going for a historic property this year -- circa 1800's with a lot of land for the dog (and us) to run around in -- but the idea was out-voted for a vacation on the water, which narrowed down to a vacation on a lake -- Deep Creek Lake, which from past great vacation memories made us want to go back, but maybe to a different, less rustic house...  This one was a mid-century modern  house.  Having grown up in a mid-century modern home in upstate New York, I have always loved this type of house, and was so looking forward to visiting after seeing pictures online.  It was designed and built in 1963 by Earl Zepp,a local builder -- see footnote at bottom for more information.  I am so disappointed the house has sold as we would have loved to have stayed there in future years -- we all enjoyed it so much.  Here are some pictures I have taken of the house, mostly from when we arrived and were first setting up:

 This property is all about the outdoors -- with over an acre of lovely shaded property and the lake,  the windows and deck were oriented to take advantage of the views

View of the lake from the master bedroom window

View of the deck from the master bedroom sitting area
View of the lake from the deck

The house itself featured many built-ins and closets galore!  All over wood paneling sometimes gave the feel of being aboard a yacht... fitting considering the house is down the road from the yacht club and the builder, Earl Zepp, was once a member.

Love the built-in bookshelves in the foyer -- you can never have enough bookshelves!

View down the bedroom hallway towards the foyer and living area -- skylights and closets all the way down the hall!

I found the area behind the accordion doors intriguing.  It was apparently an artist's studio, however currently serving as computer room, with some art displayed on an easel.  It also acted as a pass through to the foyer and contained more closets for storage!

Living room view to the foyer
Living room

Loved the big windows and how you could see through beyond the deck as the house angles toward the bedroom area

Above a close-up of the soffits with concealed uplift lighting


Detail of the window and door latches -- I loved the windows and doors!  They were all wood framed and slid along a curved grooved track on the frame.

Dining area with kitchen to the right behind the fireplace, and office, laundry room and guest suite beyond the far door

The floors were parquet and in mostly in good shape except for some water damage near the corner of the kitchen and fireplace. The small kitchen had been updated and did not go with the rest of the house (sort of French Country). Having redone our kitchen a couple of years ago, I would love to be able to redo this kitchen! Somehow I did not get a picture of the kitchen, except this one (try to ignore the beer can and toilet paper -- remember, we were just unloading the car!):

Country kitchen out of place-- would love to redo this kitchen

The kitchen could be closed off entirely by the wood accordion door 

This is the office -- a nice, bright  room with built-in everything off of the dining area and kitchen.  It connected to the laundry room (which also had a whole wall of built-in storage) and then via a glass door and long hallway to the guest suite of the house. I always felt like "Get Smart", complete with theme music, walking down to the guest suite!

In case you are not from the 60's and don't know the opening sequence from "Get Smart", here it is:

Here is the thing about ranch houses... whenever you want something it is always at the other end of the house...especially at night.  In that respect it is similar to living in a two-story house where you are always going up and down the stairs.

The original house had been added on to ... the architects did a great job.  What used to be the bedroom end of the house is now a workout room.  The Master suite and new baster bath were added on:

Original master bedroom, now workout room
 You have to go through the workout room to get to the new master bedroom and bath:

Was good sleeping weather -- at least 10 degrees cooler than DC area, where we fortuitously left our home as the air conditioner broke with temperatures staying at over 100 degrees-- you just can't plan that!

master bedroom

master bedroom sitting area

I have only one photo of the guest suite, which is at the end of that long hallway past the office and laundry room, (cue "Get Smart" opening sequence).   The incredible length of the hallway was not put to waste, however, due to the gallery-like atmosphere of having pictures and sculptures displayed throughout.  The guest room was one incredibly large room --  a whole apartment with another smaller kitchen,  living room, a table and chairs, more closets, a queen-sized bed and these built-in pull down galley style bunk beds:

Pull down bunk beds built into the wall
 Finally, a few photos to share of the setting, which perfectly completes the house:

Rhododendron blossoms -- the house was absolutely surround by mature rhododendrons

a campfire night

Deep Creek Yacht Club from our boat (a pontoon boat -- not a sailboat, but better for fishing and lots of room for our party, including our dog, Olivia!)

The dam at Deep Creek Lake, Stocksslager area of lake -- it is very deep here

Andrew taking a supervised turn behind the wheel -- he is very responsible

Olivia relaxing on the boat

My handsome guys posing on a bale of hay.  Lots of beautiful, rolling farmland surrounds the lake.

As if on cue, a full moon reflecting off the water

Footnote on Earl Zepp:

This passage, from a 2000 history,  "The Deep Creek Yacht Club at Turkey Neck", is what I could find on Earl Zepp, as well as one similar style house that had been for sale in Oakland, MD


  1. Hi, Diane -
    What a great home! (Too bad it is sold.) I think the architecture is really appropriate to the beautiful setting. Big windows to take in the gorgeous views. And all the wood inside blends in nicely with the landscape. Reminds me a bit of Shaker architecture. Great to meet your family, including Ms. Olivia. You and her are the only gals?

    1. Thanks for putting a smile on my face this morning, Loi! Yes, Olivia and I take care of the boys!

    2. I've never been to Deep Creek....would love to visit. It looks fabulous. L

    3. It is lovely and only about 3 hours from DC, nice drive too. Reminds me a bit of the lakes in the Adirondacks that I knew growing up in New York. If you do go, take a boat out to fully enjoy the lake and look at the houses -- some are quite interesting.

  2. Diane,
    I applaud you!
    What a fantastic home and I just love homes that are living in a "time warp" - which is very much like our home...paneling and lots of storage.
    We have made many changes to modernize our home but I always love renting homes....and learning so much about space and the nature around the areas.
    Happy Sunday~

    1. Thank you, Patricia! I think a time warp is a good way to describe it... and I loved it! Happy Sunday!

  3. Hi Diane! I apologize for taking so long to get here. I love all the photos, especially the ones with your handsome guys and Livy. I am in love with the house's deck, boat dock and lot. I have to show your pics to Mike(you know he wants to retire in a lake house).
    "to sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment"-Jane Austen
    What a blissful week you must have had with the family!

    1. Better yet, a lake house by the beach, right? I'm sure he will do his best to find one, and then you will have the best of both worlds! Love the Jane Austen quote... so true and fitting!

  4. Dear Diane -
    Hope this finds you well. I want to wish you and your family a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving.
    Take care,

    1. Thank you so much, Loi, and Happy Thanksgiving to you! You are so thoughtful and kind! We will be having my parents visiting from NC, so I will have my mother here to cook with me, which I love! Hope you have a wonderful one too!

  5. Hi Diane,
    My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Deep Creek Lake to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!