Ever since I saw What Lies Beneath, it’s been one one my favorite movie houses (another favorite here). The decor is absolutely timeless. What I didn’t know is that it was constructed just for filming and then torn down. According to the production notes, filming started in 1999 in Addison, Vermont, on the banks of Lake Champlain.
They found the perfect location, but they needed a house. That’s when production designers Rick Carter and Jim Teegarden teamed up with worked with director Bob Zemeckis. Together they set out to to design the 3,500-square-foot Nantucket-style shingled house, which was constructed from the ground up. They also designed and built the Feurs’ house next door, as well as the wooden dock leading from the Spencer house to the water.
Carter remarks, “The Spencer house has to appear first as a seemingly perfect home for the perfect couple, but as the story progresses it evolves into something more sinister. Jim and I spent a long time working out every detail. For example, we used a specific shade of blue on the interior that, with the right light, can appear very nice and bright, but takes on another feeling as things become darker and more threatening.”
Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford play happily married couple Claire and Norman Spencer. They have just moved into the house which belonged to Norman’s late father (he died and left it to them). So at first they think the paranormal activity might be his ghost.
Another view of the porch.
So much filming was done in the bathroom that there were five different versions created for the movie.
Their daughter’s room.
The hallway upstairs.
The master bedroom.
A view of the lake.
The kitchen area, which seems small for the house.
A view of the house from the dock.
Source: What Lies Beneath