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
The homeowners told their designer, Kathryn Long of Ambiance Interiors, that they wanted a house they could feel at home in.
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.
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 property borders Pisgah National Forest, and it’s visited by wildlife like black bears and bobcats.
For photos and information: Platt Architecture and Carolina Home + Garden.
Photography by Jerry Markatos. Design by Kathryn Long of Ambiance Interiors.