Wirtz Lakehouse

The client for this Smith Mountain Lake home remodel was a globe-trotting, bachelor, executive, art collector, and lake-lover, who bought this house sight unseen. He hired CIRCLE to create a luxurious retreat that showcases lakefront views and an impressive art collection.

The challenge in this extensive remodel was to blend the Spanish Mission style of the home with his requests for a masculine, modern, and clean-lined design.

We removed several load-bearing walls to create views throughout the house, and totally redesigned the interior to give a handcrafted feeling with vaulted beams, tongue and groove ceilings, and custom cabinetry. Furnishings were carefully selected for their clean lines and emphasis on natural materials.

CIRCLE also served as the general contractor for this project, coordinating all the custom details including a precast concrete trough sink, waterjet cut tile fireplace surround, custom wood cabinetry, quartz-clad tub deck, and a new masonry wood-burning fireplace. The result was a harmonious interior that perfectly blended the client’s modern tastes with the existing character of the house.


“I’m very happy with how the project turned out. CIRCLE Design acted as designer, architect, and general contractor, which allowed me to do this remotely from London. We had numerous Skype meetings to make selections, decisions, and to provide me with updates on progress. I was particularly happy with how quickly they understood my style and incorporated it into the design.”