My 1950’s Atomic Ranch Lake House

I am so excited to launch my new website and write my first blog!  I have been thinking of blogging for many years and I’m excited to share my ideas, designs, and stagings with you!  I wanted my first blog to be special to me so I thought I would tell you about our lake house we bought five years ago.  So, we bought a lake house in Lake McQueeney, TX which is between New Braunfels and Seguin.  There are three dammed up lakes in the Guadalupe River.  Lake Dunlop, Lake McQueeney and Lake Placid.  Lake McQueeney is the largest of the three.  Our lake house is on Treasure Island, a beautiful community on two adjacent islands in the middle of Lake Mcqueeney.  There are 144 homes on these islands which were created in 1927 by the construction of a hydro-electric dam on the Guadalupe River.

So here is our 1950’s Atomic Ranch house:

Our house was built in 1958.  This single story, 1578 square foot house exhibits most of the key elements of the Ranch style.   The exterior features includethe long, close-to-the ground profile, large windows an L-shaped design and a long, low roofline.

When I saw the house, I immediately fell in love with  the yard and lush landscaping, but had to have an open mind when I walked inside!  It looked like this:

This is the first room you see to the left as you walk in the front door.  It is a typical galley kitchen. There was an opening above the stove that looked out to the family room. 

I knew this kitchen was not going to work for us so this was the first remodel job we did before we moved in. We removed the wall from the stove to the end where the the oven and microwave were.  We had an extension built with a bar area to open this room up to the family room. Here is how it looked during remodeling:

And here is how it looks now:

So we painted the brown cabinets white, added brushed satin nickel hardware, a new vent hood, a slide in range, new sink and faucet and new countertops.  Although this granite was not my first choice (I really wanted quartz countertops but it wasn’t in the budget), I really think it goes nicely in the house.  So, here is my favorite feature in this kitchen.  The sliding door cupboards are original to this kitchen and I wanted to keep them!  I use them to store all my cups and glasses.

They’re so “kitchy” and fun.  Love my fishknobs I found at Anthropologie to put on them!  We had so many expenses that I was not able to change the window coverings.  I’m not a fan of vertical blinds!  One day!!!!  Would love to have woven woods!

Stay tuned.  I will take you through the living room, back yard and below the house in our boat house where the bomb shelter is in my next blog.

Becky Schrumm