Lake House Inn

 

Location:         Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Building Size: 70' Wide x 64' Long
Application:    Special Event Facility

Something Old and Something New on Lake Nocamixon

with a Fabric Covered Special Events Building

Milestones Fabric Covered Structures - Special Events Building

 

Perched on the 1500 acre state park of Lake Nocamixon, sits the Lake House Inn; a facility surrounded by sprawling, lush gardens with an immaculate view of the lake. An ideal setting, decided owner Glen Stevens and his wife, Kate, which had the potential to be a special events venue. Four years of renovations, which included interior and exterior design work to the inn, as well as the installation of a fabric building, brought the Stevens' idea to fruition.

 

The Lake House Inn, located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is a 200 year old guesthouse and restaurant for visitors. The Stevens decided that they needed a larger structure, in addition to the inn, to hold wedding receptions, elegant affairs and corporate meeting events. After receiving approval from the township to construct a permanent building, the Stevens realized they needed a building that could withstand heavy snowfalls, hot summers, and strong winds. According to Glen Stevens, "The fabric building product met all those specifications."

 

"It's a great facility and people love it. It's very dramatic with high ceilings and the lakeside view. When guests walk in, we get a lot of  "Wows." - Glen Stevens

The Stevens knew that appearance is a key factor in venue selection, which is why they settled on the tension fabric structure.

"The liner is attractive. We have theatrical lighting installed so that we can create any color on the ceiling to fit an event's theme; that's interchangeable. It's a great special events facility and people love it. It's very dramatic with high ceilings and the lakeside view. When guests walk in, we get a lot of "Wows".

 

It's really served its purpose in providing a dramatic backdrop for someone's once-in-a-lifetime wedding, which is a big plus and a great selling point for us," explains Glen.

 

Having the flexibility to customize and to create a unique setting was important to the Stevens. "From the outside, the fabric building is big and it's white. Inside it's completely a blank slate. You can do anything you want with the interior of the structure to customize it to your use.

 

There's a tension fabric structure that you can hang linings and lighting from. We've put in glass sliding doors, glass windows, and glass entry doors. There's a lot more flexibility with this structure than some other products that we looked at," says Glen. The concrete floors, which have resulted in energy savings, keeps the space very cool during the summer. Guests have noticed a glow on the entire surface of the structure when it's lit from inside, an effect created by the fabric cover's translucent properties. According to Glen, "This effect is really a beautiful thing to see."

 

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Milestones Fabric Covered Structures - Special Events Building

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