The exterior of this home was inspired by a beach side cottage home. The stained wood takes on a blue tone that goes with the blue shutters on the home. The stucco and painted brick creates a clean look.
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The rejuvenated front facade of the existing part of the house. A hint of the extension can be seen behind with the titanium zinc cladding visible above the existing roof line.
Photography by Rachel Lewis.
Nestled in the mountains at Lake Nantahala in western North Carolina, this secluded mountain retreat was designed for a couple and their two grown children.
The house is dramatically perched on an extreme grade drop-off with breathtaking mountain and lake views to the south. To maximize these views, the primary living quarters is located on the second floor; entry and guest suites are tucked on the ground floor. A grand entry stair welcomes you with an indigenous clad stone wall in homage to the natural rock face.
The hallmark of the design is the Great Room showcasing high cathedral ceilings and exposed reclaimed wood trusses. Grand views to the south are maximized through the use of oversized picture windows. Views to the north feature an outdoor terrace with fire pit, which gently embraced the rock face of the mountainside.
This home was in bad shape when we started the design process, but with a lot of hard work and care, we were able to restore all original windows, siding, & railing. A new quarter light front door ties in with the home's craftsman style.