Possum Kingdom Lake: You’ll get stunning views and something for kids and adults at this clifftop home
Story by Scott Nishimura
Photography by Aaron Dougherty
It might come as a surprise to know the owners of a 5,600-square-foot summer residence on a limestone cliff overlooking Possum Kingdom Lake were working on a budget. “It is a second home,” the family’s designer, Terra McNutt, says.
The owners — a couple who have three young children — built the getaway five years ago on a rocky 1.95-acre site with views of the lake to the south and west. They aspired to create a gathering place for extended family and friends.
“Their main goal was to house as many people as possible, but to also take advantage of the views,” McNutt says. “They can see for a while.”
The property features a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath main house and a one-bedroom, one-bath casita and garage, connected by a breezeway.
Todd Rosson of Rosson Designer Homes of Carrollton designed the home, and Mike Casey, who died last year, built it. McNutt — a Prosper resident who works throughout the region and is a family friend of the homeowners — was brought into the project during the design phase. The couple’s style is modern, “but they didn’t want it to stick out,” she says. They chose exterior features such as a creamy paint color, cedar columns and a black barrel tile roof.
Inside, the home doesn’t feel over the top. McNutt chose durable finishes, keeping in mind the children and heavy expected use. The couple shied from bright colors, and McNutt used tile, wallpaper and metals to create contrast and texture.
The house design takes full advantage of the clifftop location, ensuring guests can see the water from every bedroom. The infinity pool has 180-degree lake views.
Work on the home was completed right before the onset of COVID-19. “Just in time to have an estate to go to,” McNutt says, “which was perfect timing.”
Design Terra McNutt, principal designer and founder, RI Studio, Dallas, ristudiodallas.com