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ABOVE Clockwise from top, the party room is used for entertaining and includes a card-playing area, wet bar and TV for watching sporting events; lounge chairs line the dock, which the McGeorges consider an outdoor extension of their home; the kitchen is bright and spacious.

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“When we bought the home [in June 2009] from the second owners, it was decorated with woodsy dark green and coral colors. Kris [Willard] helped us lighten up the walls and window treatments to give it a more contemporary/artsy lake-house look,” said Anne. In the master suite, renovation included reconfiguring the entrance to the bathroom and closet, creating a long wall to position the couple’s bed opposite the lake windows. Another favorite area of the property is the dock, which the McGeorges use as an outdoor room. They converted the previous owners’ four-slip dock to have one boat slip and one slip with a lift for two personal watercraft. The other two slips were filled in with flooring to provide an additional sitting area. Gil has roots in the lake area: his father was from Bedford County, and his mother was one of 13 children in the Brooks family of Franklin County for whom Brooks Mill Road is named. Gil said he remembers seeing Hales Ford Bridge being built and wondering if the water would ever really fill up to be right below it. “Anne and I are both from Virginia,” he said. “She grew up in Norfolk and I was born and raised in Roanoke. We love the activities the lake offers and the many, many friends we’ve made here. We hope to always maintain a presence at Smith Mountain Lake.”

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