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Custom Lake House Retreat at Linn Valley Lake

Creating Memories Closer to Home: A Custom Lake House Retreat at Linn Valley Lake, Kansas

Nestled amidst nature’s tranquility, a lake house serves as a backdrop for family gatherings, joyous celebrations and peaceful retreats. Each room should hold the promise of new adventures and the comfort of tradition, offering a place where generations come together to forge deeper bonds and create a legacy of unforgettable moments.

Project challenges:

After owning a lake house in the Missouri Ozarks, a Johnson County Kansas couple with elementary-aged children sought a lake location closer to home as their kids began engaging in their own weekend activities. The one-way, three-hour drive to the Ozarks left little time for fun on the water. Having grown up on the water themselves, the couple wanted a nearby place to their full time Olathe home for their kids to share similar experiences to theirs.

Project solutions:

MMH knew the right spot located just 45 minutes away from the family’s full time Olathe, Kansas home where MMH’s CEO Troy Moore had built a home for his in-laws previously. The client had visited before and agreed this was the perfect destination to make their family memories. Together with their client, MMH designed and built a custom three-story lake house retreat suited for hosting weekend guests and entertaining. Built on the water’s edge of the 180-acre Linn Valley Lake, which offers boating, jet skiing, and plenty of family fun on the water, the home was designed as a relaxing haven to be enjoyed after full days spent on the lake in the hot Kansas sun.

The Outcome.

This property on Linn Valley Lake is a breathtaking lodge experience rooted in Dutch Colonial style and inspired by the extraordinary beach homes that line the Hamptons on the East Coast. Consequently, the couple loved it so much that a year later, they acquired the vacant lot next door and enlisted MMH to build a matching carriage house. Designed on an airline cocktail napkin while on a flight together, the 4-car garage with guest apartment above provides even more space for friends and family.

The floorplan.

Lower Level

The homeowners wanted to divide the house into two sides since they had one boy and one girl and knew there would be a mix of kids visiting every weekend. So, on the lower level of the property, there are separate girls’ and boys’ bathrooms and changing areas on opposite ends. Mirrored tile makes the space appear more open and bright. A large sectional by RH serves as the best spot to curl up and watch a movie after a long day on the lake.


Main Floor

The property’s spaces are very open and designed for family, wet feet and comfort. From the entry through to the back of the Great Room, soaring 30’ ceilings planked in tongue and groove pine follow the dramatic gambrel “barn” shaped roofline. The kitchen serves as the true heart of the home and includes a large island where everyone can sit without having to be divided between island and table seating. Two built-in ovens in the island make holiday cooking a breeze, and a roomy deck just off the kitchen features a large table with more than enough seating for family and guests. The overall interior color palette is clean and modern, with soft grays and whites accented with subtle pops of mint and coral.


Second Floor

The second floor of this Linn Valley lake house features eight built-in bunkbeds — four on each side — along with a private bathroom and bedroom on each side for the grown-ups who are lucky enough to get to stay. A four-sided balcony overlook allows those staying on the second floor to peer down into the Great Room and Kitchen to ensure they know when the next boating activities are lined up and what delicious meals are in store for the day.

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