Local couple builds award-winning home overlooking Beaver Lake
By Nancy Peevy | Photos by Kathy Hader
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Built high on a hill overlooking Beaver Lake, the panoramic views from Derick and Lisa Bores’ home are breathtaking.
Walls of windows in every room capture the sweeping vista of Beaver Lake’s still blue waters, framed by rolling hills, lush green trees and an expansive sky. Outdoor balconies, porches and patios all along the back of the house offer places to sit and take in the breathtaking view – which varies depending on the time of day, weather and season.
The house is designed to maximize the number of bedrooms with lake views. In the main bedroom, a curved wall of windows captures the vista. “We don’t have window treatments, so when you are lying in bed you can literally see the stars,” Lisa says. “We’ve lived here since June and I don’t know when or if the view will ever get old.”
The couple laughs that their home is an “accidental house” because they never intended to live on the property. The sweeping lake views ultimately led them to build a family home there.
Four years ago, Derick and Lisa had just built a home in Woods Creek in Bentonville. Around that same time, Derick’s parents were looking to retire to Northwest Arkansas from Ohio, and so the Boreses began looking for a house for them, or land on which to build.
Derick’s co-worker suggested looking on Old Campbell Road, near the lake. The day before they went, a 10-acre lot with lake access was put up for sale. “It was a lot more than we wanted, but we got it for a steal,” Lisa says. Part of an inheritance, the former owners were motivated to sell quickly.
When Derick and Lisa purchased the heavily wooded lot, the lake wasn’t visible. They subdivided it into sections and planned to build a house for Derick’s parents on one of the three lots.