With a collection of past show homes that includes two Southern Living Idea Houses, the first-ever Golf Magazine Dream Home, Golf Digest Signature Home, Southern Accents Showhouse and a host of others, Reynolds Lake Oconee has earned its reputation as “The Home of Ultimate Dream Homes.”

So when the Reynolds Lake Oconee Signature Home team set-out to build its first new showcase models in more than five years, expectations were exceptionally high. “We knew that we needed to produce homes that took full advantage of all that we have learned about design and construction over the last two decades,” said Glenn Winslette, vice president of development. “But we also wanted these homes to establish a completely fresh perspective that reflected contemporary living and the casually elegant lifestyle that our members enjoy here every day.”

By combining a magnificent golf-front setting with inspired architectural elements and engaging some of the top building and interior design experts in the field, Winslette and his team succeeded in their mission. The result is a pair of exquisite new model homes now open daily for tours on Mill Creek.

Positioned atop a wooded hillside overlooking the tees and Signature split fairway of the Creek Club golf course’s #5 hole, the homes are a study in balance between timeless design and contemporary features.

The first model, built by Camden Homes, greets visitors with classic dormers, traditional lap siding and tasteful stone accents. A natural wood pergola spans the twin garage doors, echoing the hearty columns that frame the entryway and creates a strong visual statement that is at once clean and inviting.

Inside, the 3,700-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home is intimate in scale, but has an open, airy character. This is created by vertical lines, elevated ceilings, eight-foot interior doors and clerestory windows that flood the main living space with warm, natural light. Hardwood floors, premium tile, granite and cabinet upgrades throughout the home underscore the sense of quality in design and craftsmanship. Thoughtful additions like a butler’s pantry and home office space are sure to wow visitors.

Weinberger’s Furniture and Mattress Showcase provided the furnishings, accessories and the services of design consultant Michael Berry. “The interior of this home was influenced by both the beautiful golf course views and the home’s unique architectural design,” says Berry, who drew many of the colors and textures used from the surrounding landscape. “We aspired to make the home elegant yet casual with a feeling that would appeal to both young couples and empty nesters.”

Located immediately next door, a second, somewhat larger model home – built by Jones & Jones Premier Builders – offers an equally attractive front elevation, but with more pronounced rooflines, shake siding accents and more traditional columns flanking the double front doors. The unique design seamlessly blends classic architectural elements with a modern, laid-back charm.

The heart of this four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home is the aptly-named “great room,” with soaring ceilings accentuated by vast windows that perfectly frame the magnificent golf course views. The dazzling gourmet kitchen, featuring Wolf appliances, premium cabinets and top-quality granite countertops, is sure to be a popular gathering point of the home’s eventual residents. Just outside, an expansive open-air living space – complete with a rustic stone-clad fireplace – beckons visitors to relax outdoors in all seasons.

Alicia Mooney provided the vision for the home’s interior. “The home’s furnishings feature very simple lines with a mix of warm and cool finishes and colors,” said Mooney “I wanted the furniture to be comfortable yet sophisticated.”

With such fantastic vistas outside the home, Mooney had to seek a delicate balance in her selections. “I made sure all window coverings were light and did not block the sight lines. I also put a lot of thought into the outdoor living spaces, making them comfortable and inviting, but without distracting views.”

Andy Anderson, director of design at Hug & Associates, and contributor to both homes summed-up the project’s vision best. “Homes are more than just shelter. They are the backdrop against which people live their lives. We strive to keep this in mind with every assignment we’re involved with and create designs that ultimately inspire people to dream about how they aspire to live.”

Through exhibiting exceptional design, superior craftsmanship and outstanding attention to detail, the new Signature Home Model Center at Mill Creek may just inspire you to build your own Reynolds Lake Oconee dream home. For details, directions and hours of operation, please visit our model home page..

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