Our client, an avid outdoorsman and environmentalist, came to us with a unique piece of land in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Our shared vision for this modern cabin design was to minimize the impact on this fragile ecosystem. The building site is within a dense red spruce forest at 5,700 feet elevation. The evergreen forest and high elevation create a micro climate and habitat that supports rare species of flora and fauna. The design concept began with concealing the visual impact of the cabin as much as possible. We placed the cabin downhill, away from the parking area and preserved a
One of our newest projects is a simple, modern home located in Marshall, NC. Soon after our clients bought property in rural Madison County, they approached us to help them develop a master plan for the 12+ acres. Their vision was to create a simple home for themselves and rental cabins for artists and visitors. Our process began by studying the character of the land and developing a plan, which included a home site, outbuildings, an access road, and the future artist cabins/studios. After an initial site visit, it was clear that the house would be best located at the
The Bridge Home is a rustic lake house located at Lake James in Nebo, North Carolina. We have been working on plans for The Bridge Home for the past year and were excited to see it break ground earlier this summer. Our clients came to us with a desire for a home that was functional, comfortable and one that has a strong connection to the outdoors and lake surrounding. The challenge, though, is the property. The site is very heavily wooded, with steep slopes and three ravines that run through it. But, instead of fighting it, we chose to work
The current edition of Carolina Home + Garden features one of our newest projects at Lake James. A young family recently came to us with a vision for a simple, yet elegant cabin in the woods. The property they chose is deep in the woods and boasts lake views and a wooded setting. The two key goals expressed by the owners for their home were adaptability and expandability. They wanted this home to feel comfortable whether there were two people there or ten. The result is a cozy getaway that nestles into the forest parallel to the existing topography. The form
Our Old Fort Cabin is featured in a brand new book called The Family Cabin by Dale Mulfinger. The book is a 300-page collection of cabins throughout North America and stories from the families that live in them. We and our clients are happy to be chosen to be part of the book. It is available from Taunton Press or can be ordered on Amazon. Old Fort Cabin The homeowners of this cabin are passionate about fly-fishing, so when they found property with a designated trout stream, it was a natural fit. We developed a design that allows them to experience both
Samsel's cabin renovation project is featured in the most recent edition of Cabin Living Magazine. Our Reems Creek Log Cabin was chosen by the publisher because of the effort put into turning this historic log cabin into a modern, energy efficient home. The 100-year-old mountain cabin served as an office for an overnight camp that had closed decades before. The rotting log structure had collapsed floors, vines growing through the windows and crumbling stone work. Our clients could have easily demolished the cabin and started over. Instead, they wanted to honor the historic significance of the cabin that they loved and bring the old
Our Old Fort Cabin project was selected as a finalist for Fine Homebuilding Magazine Readers' Choice Award. The home came in second place out of ten as voted on by the Fine Homebuilding readers. Situated in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this two-bedroom mountain modern cabin was designed to be a relaxed counterpoint to the owners’ full-time residence. The owners selected this land for the trout stream that bisects the property, which can be seen and heard from the cabin. A unified palette of interior materials, such as the clear finished spruce paneled walls, cabinets and ceilings and the painted No.