By 2009, they were ready to break ground. Blake interviewed builders in Dallas and Fort Worth but ultimately selected Dan Offield of Graford-based Clearview Construction, who was instrumental in the development of the neighboring Harbor community. The Bozmans tasked Dan with creating a calming sanctuary that would let the natural beauty of the lake take center stage. Priority one was an outdoor living and entertaining area, complete with a pool. “My husband kept saying, ‘We want to start from the outside and work our way in,’” Tara says.
“I wanted to make sure it felt like a place that was made for fun and unwinding.”Tracy Hardenburg
Tara hired Dallas-based interior designer Tracy Hardenburg to translate her vision for a relaxing and inviting second home. “They wanted this to be a retreat for their family,” Tracy says. “I wanted to make sure it felt like a place that was made for fun and unwinding.”
Having collaborated previously on the Bozmans’ Dallas home, Tara and Tracy worked hand in hand on decor. “Tara was open to painted floors, hanging beds, colored doors, brick walls, fun tile, and great art,” Tracy says. “The only thing she really pushed for was a glass stair rail. I wasn’t sure at first, but it is definitely one of the prettiest things about the house.”
Aside from the boys’ and girls’ bunkrooms, which received vivid splashes of color, Tracy kept the palette soothing and neutral. “It feels calming and sophisticated but all the layers are still casual in themselves,” Tracy says. “I put more effort in the textures than lots of color.”
The five-bedroom lake house comfortably sleeps 22—and has. The kitchen plays host to big breakfasts and group-prepared dinners. The pool is a favorite of the kids’ year round, and the adults can supervise from the comfort of a cabana, the outdoor bar, or the covered seating lounge.
“It feels calming and sophisticated but all the layers are still casual in themselves.”Tara Bozman
“There is not a corner left untouched or forgotten about,” Tracy says. Indeed, even the laundry room is thoughtfully appointed, lit by a pair of Visual Comfort chandeliers and featuring double washers and dryers to handle the copious linens and towels 22 people can produce in a weekend. Possibly the only thing the house doesn’t have in large quantities? TVs. “We purposely decided not to put TVs everywhere because we want people to unplug,” says Tara, who even collects the kids’ electronics to encourage offline fun.
While Tara and Blake appreciate being able to host a small army, they also love getting away with just their brood—children Ryan, 13; Landrie, 11; and Cannon, 8. In the end, that’s what the house was all about.
“People had told us having a lake house created great family memories, so that was really our reasoning for building it,” Tara says. “It was an investment in our family and friends.”