North Carolina Mountain House
A busy pair of empty nesters wanted a downsized place to experience their mountaintop property on Laurel Knob, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. They wanted a house that would take in the panoramic views above Cashiers and Highlands, North Carolina. Sharing a love of the outdoors, honest materials and interior design, they requested a simple shelter that would create a base to explore the property with their three German Shorthaired pointers. The design solution was inspired from memories of old fire towers which were built by the National Park Service in the late 1800’s- dotting the mountain ranges and protecting thousands of acres of forests. The exterior is comprised of old barnstone for the base, with Tennessee fieldstone and old reclaimed brick. The goal was to create a sense of patina that was honest and authentic- as well as low maintenance.