Banner Elk, NC 2010
Inspired by the historic houses and vernacular resort architecture of the North Carolina mountains, this 6000 square foot summer house reinterprets its local predecessors for a modern lifestyle. Using a combination of local stone and poplar bark shingles for the exterior walls, and rough cut cedar for the roof, the exterior is characterized by simple volumes and a strong roof line. The house is set on the edge of a field, with a steep drop-off at the rear. The dramatic views of the mountains and a desire to minimize the apparent size of the house influenced the plan and massing.
The clients, a retired couple, requested a house that would accommodate their needs for years to come. Using ADA guidelines as a basis, the house is designed to be fully accessible. The master bedroom suite has his and her dressing rooms and baths, each with a shower designed to accommodate a wheelchair, and an adjacent library that can be used as a bedroom in the future. An elevator allows access to the basement gym and three guest rooms on the second floor.
The interiors are characterized by a more formal architectural language than the exterior. Rejecting the prevalent local ‘rustic lodge’ style, the detailing, inspired by Edwardian architecture, uses paneling and custom mouldings to create an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. The house is based in tradition, reinterpreted for today.