The “Homeland” estate—the affectionate name for the summer home of the
renowned opera singer Louise Homer and her husband Sydney—was built in
the early twentieth century.
The new owner wanted to maintain the historic character of the home while also
cultivating a warm environment for family gatherings. Phinney Design Group
utilized outdoor space to maximize lakefront views, incorporating a stone hot
tub, outdoor kitchen, and screened solarium. The design team repurposed the
carriage house into recreational space, including a gym, arcade area, and home
theater large enough to bring the three generations of their family together.
Because the owner plans to use this estate as a retirement home, the design team
renovated a wing of the house into a first-floor master suite, allowing for single floor
This renovation improved the home’s energy efficiency while restoring the
historic windows and fixtures. Many original features were restored, including
the oak floors, trim, and mouldings, while modern fixtures were added, such as
lighting and fans.
Stone Hot Tub
Carriage House - garage, gym and home theater
Exterior view of Master Bathroom