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A Waterfront Family Home Designed for Memorable Moments

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Jeff and Teresa Fusile open the doors to the waterfront home they designed and built at The Ford Field & River Club. The couple reveals what the homebuilding process was like at The Ford and how the home’s design honors their family’s past, present and future.

Before they could break ground on their dream home, the Fusiles had to find the perfect homesite. They chose a tranquil property on The Ford’s Lake Habersham for its natural beauty and central community location, mere moments from private lakes, the Ogeechee River, The Ford’s Equestrian Center and Pete Dye Championship golf course. The homesite’s setting met the needs of the entire family—Jeff and Teresa are avid golfers, while their children enjoy horseback riding and cast net fishing.

When it came time to design and build their home, the Fusiles collaborated closely with The Ford’s development team, which provided support and guidance at every turn. “(The Ford) was really helpful in identifying architects, builders and selecting the right folks for us’ they got us through the process almost effortlessly, quite frankly.” says Jeff, who also remarked on the high level of collaboration with the contractor. “With our builder…it was just a wonderful experience of give and take. We were in it together…and we were building something with someone (we) really trusted and felt comfortable with.”

When it came to aesthetics, Jeff and Teresa wanted to fuse elements that felt both timeworn and contemporary. The resulting home design is an eclectic yet timeless blend of warm farmhouse, Colonial and European styles.

A key element of the interiors is the use of hearty brick masonry. More than 250,000 antique bricks were used to craft dramatic archways that lead to airy interior living spaces, which are ideal for hosting friends, and eventually, grandkids.

“We intend to have our children come home with their families. We want to have friends come over, we want to all be together,” says Jeff. “We want the doors to go wide open and for you to not know whether you are inside or outside.”

To create a seamless indoor-outdoor flow, the home was designed with a set of five French doors, which open to a large covered porch overlooking Habersham Lake and the golf course beyond.

Watch the video to hear more about the Fusile family’s home building experience, life at The Ford and more. To arrange a Discovery Visit, call Danielle Hopper at 912.756.5614 or email


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