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Your Home: Summer Living

The lake house

A right-sized waterside camp in Vermont serves as a serene retreat.

CALIFORNIANS Lloyd Komesar and Maureen Carn spent years scouring Vermont for a spot to establish a second home. “We found some interesting places, but none of them really spoke to us,” says Komesar. Then one autumn day, driving in the west-central part of the state, they were struck by the way the colors of the Green Mountains were reflected in Lake Dunmore. “It was so visually overpowering, it was as if you could reach out and touch the mountains,” Komesar says. “We knew right away this was our place.”

Hundreds of camps line the shore of 1,000-acre Lake Dunmore, most of them modest structures constructed in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. In 2009, the couple purchased a small one on the lake, in Leicester. Tucked into a hillside, it was tired and un-winterized. “The foundation was in terrible shape, so salvaging the existing structure really wasn’t possible,” says architect Elizabeth Herrmann, hired by Komesar and Carn to design a new camp.

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