About Us

WE LOVE IT HERE, YOU WILL TOO

Welcome to our home on Seneca Lake

OUR STORY

We bought this lakehouse 6 years ago from the family who initially built the house. The house has been our labor of love since then and we have renovated all 3 bathrooms and refinished every wall and floor. The deck and dock are new, as is all of the landscaping (driveways, terracing, fire pit and “meditation garden”).

MEET RICH & CATHERINE

We both grew up on the water - Rich fishes, hunts and boats, and Catherine rows. We gather our friends and family here every summer and have hiked many of the local parks and visited the best of the wineries. While Rich is usually found adding or fixing something, Catherine is typically floating off the end of the dock with a glass of wine. We both work in healthcare and have 3 kids.

Rich & Catherine

Catherine & Rich

Lakehouse Owners

THE RENOVATIONS

We closed on the house in November 2015. It was built in the early ’80s and had been left essentially untouched and owned by a single family since it was built. We stumbled upon our ugly duckling on our first trip to look at lake houses and grew to love it after our fair share of head scratching and Catherine’s robust imagination.

Every inch of the house was vintage ’80s – from the formica walls to the imitation wood paneling. Check out the chevron print imitation wood paneling in the master bedroom!! Our first move was to remodel the basement bathroom and tear out the dropped ceiling. That’s when we stumbled on the hand hewn solid joists and got our first peak of the ‘subfloor’ on the upper floors.  

We quickly began ripping out the wall-to-wall carpet and realized that they had used beautiful hard pine for the subfloors. In what can only be described as a stroke of mad inspiration we decided to pull up all of the carpet and plywood, recess all of the flooring nails (pics of that adventure) and sand and refinish the subfloors. While the floor are a little noisy they are a thing of beauty!!

Our next big project was outside. One of the reasons we loved our spot was the privacy – with 270 feet of frontage it always feels like we are in our own little world even when the lake gets busy. But 270 feet of rocks and bleached mulch was a bit much. We hired a brilliant Landscape Architect, Mary Scipioni of Pebble-stream, who mapped out a plan for the entire site. 

That first year we expanded the patio, added the fire pit and terraced the north lot providing both privacy and some color. We have enjoyed filling the yard with our eclectic taste in art including Humpty Dumpty by a local artist Robert Seaman. We expect the fire pit will become a favorite of our guests the way it has been for us. It’s rare that a night passes without our chairs gathered out front. More recently we started on the south side – adding the fountain to help create a bit of an oasis. In the coming years, we have high hopes for the beach and shed. Definitely more to come.

This past year, we gutted the main floor and top floor baths – putting some extra effort into creating a true master suite. 

The house is a little quirky and immensely personal.  We have enjoyed it as a place to gather our families, entertain our friends and escape from the chaos of life.

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"This is an amazing home on an amazing lake! Completely beautiful to wake up and look out, the calmness, the serenity and this is the epitome of getting away. Well stocked kitchen, wonderful family room upstairs and down, plenty of space to enjoy, and incredible access to the lake with everything you could possibly want to do. Boating, fire pit, outdoor life and indoor comfort. Comfortable furniture, sheets and towels, and truly felt like a home away from home. Great restaurants and wineries are a short drive away and awesome bike trails nearby. Really enjoyed our time here and will certainly be back! Owners were very easy to work with and very accommodating. Highly recommended!"
J.F. | Philadelphia, PA
"We just had the most relaxing family vacation imaginable. We hardly planned a thing, but worked in a few gorgeous hikes and vineyard visits whenever the boys would let us. They would have happily spent all day wandering in and out of the lake, and honestly I could have spent all day in that airy bedroom watching them from the balcony. Maybe the best part, though, was easy family dinners out on the patio as the sun set, and the stars afterward!"
E. Schilling | Alexandria, VA