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Hidden Lake House

The Hidden Lake House is more than just a home; it is a sanctuary hidden by nature. Located in the heart of Tennessee, the Hidden Lake House appears to be floating in a lake. Much of structure was constructed using steel, reclaimed siding, and timber. There are four living areas inside the home and each home is connected by a footbridge. The house itself has private access to the lake, along with an outdoor seating area, fire pit and swimming pool.


3,400 square feet


Santa Fe, Tennessee


36 months

Building in a Lake Bed

Portions of the project were actually built in the neighboring lake. Local and state regulations didn’t allow for a coffer dam to be built, so the masonry columns were actually build in panels on the shore that hang off of driven piles into the lake bed. Needless to say, the Hidden Lake House was a very complex project, difficult to execute in remote area with very little subcontractor or supplier resources. However, a collaborative effort between JLF Architects and Big-D Signature made the vision of the project possible.

"This house is a serene and homey retreat. The building, with pitched roofs of Corten steel and clad in stacked limestone and reclaimed siding and timber, consists of four segments, or living areas, each connected by a footbridge." -JLF & Associates