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A Modern Timber Home in the North Carolina Mountains

One modern timber home brings a contemporary feel to the mountains of North Carolina.

Photos courtesy of Sonoma Building Company


In North Carolina’s Lake at Lissara community perched atop a ridge overlooking Pilot Mountain, sits a striking custom home. Intentionally designed to stand out against the more traditional houses in the area, the 5,200-square-foot retreat is anything but ordinary.

“The owners wanted to create something that was different than the homes you typically see in this area of the country — something with more of a ‘mountain modern’ feel,” says Tim Stone of Kelly and Stone Architects of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

And that’s exactly what they did. Designed to maximize the views of the lake and the nearby clubhouse, the four-bedroom, five-bathroom house features a number of unique features to enhance the contemporary look the homeowners were trying to achieve. 

First, the Douglas Fir frame (constructed by Colorado Timberframe) was paired with engineered steel beams and braces for a more industrial look. Honed and leathered granite countertops; custom steel and stainless-wire handrails; and a steel I-beam mantel on the great room fireplace add to the effect. High-end amenities such as a steam room, sauna and theater room add to the home’s one-of-a-kind appeal.     


What Makes It The Best

Ample outdoor spaces in the form of a large back deck and personal balconies provide extra living areas for the 5,200-square- foot home. The home features an open floor plan, but varying ceiling heights and well-placed timbers help break up the different living spaces. White drywall and ceilings create a strong contrast against the honey-hued interior timbers, adding to the home’s clean and contemporary look.


Home Details

Square Footage: 5,200

Architect: Kelly and Stone Architects, 970-875-0590

Builder: Sonoma Building Company, 336-923-5676

Timber Provider: Colorado Timberframe, 303-444-5012

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