Home of the Week: The Carolina

Green Building, Home Design, Site Design

High up in the treetops in Robbinsville, N.C., is the Carolina, the 2016 Best in American Living Awards Platinum winner for One-of-a-Kind Custom or Specialty Home, 901 – 2,500 square feet–and our Home of the Week!

This mountainside retreat has 30-mile views of Lake Fontana, the surrounding forest and the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. The home is designed on a 600-square-foot footprint for minimal impact on the surrounding forest.

The structure is covered with a colorful, metal-panel siding system that transforms the mountainside home into a modern yet rustic-looking cabin for the 21st century.

The three-story home is 1,737 square feet, with two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a two-car garage, generous balcony space, extensive sliding glass doors and a 168-square-foot upper-level loft.

Recycled wood is used throughout the cabin including repurposed bowling alley lanes used as countertops. The lowest floor is comprised of the two-car garage, bedroom with en-suite bath, sliding glass doors and an 85-square-foot deck. The second floor is the primary living space, which encompasses the family area, kitchen, dining area and powder room.

Judges’ Comments | “Pretty amazing project based on challenging, sloped site. Traditional materials with a different feel. It feels huge, unusual . . . that’s kind of spectacular—especially for a 1,700-square-foot house.” Read more here…

Architect/Designer | Phil Kean Design Group
Builder | Ken LaRoe
Photography | Meechan Architectural Photography

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