"We knew we wanted a home overlooking water—water, you know, it acts like a magnet.” John Allen is talking about the inherent appeal of retreating to a lake house with family and friends, but the same could be said of the 2-acre Hollister lot he and his wife, Linda, purchased in 2014. When their real estate agent showed them the undeveloped property, there was something familiar about it. Then, it clicked. John and Linda had visited this same lot 14 years ago. Back then, the Iowa couple felt it was overpriced and decided to build on Padre Island, instead. Now, they were looking for something closer to home, a vacation house that would be easier for their two children and their families to visit. Whether returning to this property was a matter of fate, coincidence or divine intervention, the Allens knew it was meant to be. So, they signed on the dotted line.
This May, the Allens’ custom-built home was at long last ready to host guests. John admits they could have finished the project sooner but not without sacrificing the craftsmanship that went into the nearly 8,000-square-foot open-concept home, planned by Allen Johnson with Branson architect firm General Design Inc. and designed by Jacque Pitts of Brashears Furniture. Pitts connected the Allens with framers, painters, carpenters and many others who worked tirelessly to make the homeowners’ vision come to life.