I’ve always fantasized about having a vacation home in the mountains with vaulted, beamed ceilings, walls of windows, and a tall stone fireplace. A little rustic, but a little elegant. So when I saw this Blue Ridge retreat featured in Carolina Home + Garden, it immediately went into my “dream home” file.
Building a Blue Ridge Retreat
I could sit and stare out those windows all day long…
I love the little library-like nook tucked to one side of the living room:
According to Carolina Home + Garden magazine:
In a region where Western North Carolina’s highest mountains dominate the landscape, finding a flat lot with a great view almost asks too much. But a once-in-a-lifetime site in Burnsville’s Mountain Air community turned up for one lucky Texas couple.
They were seeking a cooler place to spend summers in retirement and the mild climate of Western North Carolina beckoned.
A comfy window seat was built into the upstairs walkway that looks like a perfect reading spot:
A serene bedroom with the kind of views I’d love to wake up to in the morning:
The four-poster bed was custom made for the homeowners.
My dream home office:
The kitchen has an oversized island topped with soapstone:
The property borders Pisgah National Forest, and it’s visited by wildlife like black bears and bobcats.
They told their designer, Kathryn Long of Ambiance Interiors, they wanted a house they could feel at home in.
The screened porch features a fire table designed by blacksmith Todd Miller:
“The fire table provides the warmth and conviviality of fire without the construction involvement of a full chimney. But more importantly, it doesn’t block the view to that old-growth forest, which is just below eye-level, so this house feels really grounded.”
The exterior features a mix of rock from Steep Creek Stoneworks and cedar-shake siding.
The house was designed by Platt Architecture, built by Tyner Construction, featured in Carolina Home + Garden, and photographed by Jerry Markatos. Visit their sites for more photos and information. I’m saving this in my Dream Home file under “Maybe someday!” 🙂