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Living in a Panoramic View: South Carolina Log Home

A MossCreek home blends European elegance with Southern hospitality.

A once-in-a-lifetime location deserves a once-in-a-lifetime home. With panoramic views from a hilltop site, this home near Greenville, South Carolina, was designed to be a masterpiece. Featuring amazing views of the city of Greenville, this MossCreek-designed timber-frame home quickly became a landmark and serves as an excellent example of designing to the location.

When the sun sets, the home's view over the city becomes a sea of sparkling lights. To truly enjoy nighttime views, the homeowner selected deeply cushioned outdoor seating and added an outdoor fireplace.

The home's owner, a successful Greenville businessman, was drawn to MossCreek's uniquely styled homes, which perfectly fit the land and reflect the personalities of their owners. Because this home would be the first built in a brand-new upscale development, all eyes were upon it. Set high on a hill, the site offers 270-degree views of the city below. While the daytime vistas are spectacular, the nighttime views are breathtaking. The homeowner wanted not only numerous windows, but also extensive covered porches for gazing at the sparkle of city lights when the sun goes down.

To fulfill the owner's wishes, MossCreek designed a home with a sweeping radius to maximize the views. The curved shape accommodates the contours of the building site and provides space for a motor courtyard at the front of the home. Inside, the homeowner opted for open living spaces; timber-frame construction allows for wide expanses uninterrupted by interior walls.

Terraced lawns bordered with dry-stack stones define the home's landscaping.

  The home's unique design separates the bedrooms by placing them on opposite ends of the home (and on different floors). An "outlook room" can be converted to a third bedroom at a later time. The finished home measures approximately 4,100 square feet.

Timber-framed trusses support the home's soaring ceilings, while allowing for wide open spaces in the floor plan.

  The home's exterior has a refined rustic look, achieved through the extensive use of exterior timber elements, cedar shake siding and a full genuine slate roof. Elegant metalwork on the massive front door sets the tone for polished wood floors and a true dream kitchen inside. The curves outside are mirrored on the home's interior, with a sweeping gallery walk, featuring windows on both sides, which connects the main-level master bedroom with the central core of the house. Classic elegance shows in the bedrooms, with their cream-colored wood walls and dark furniture.

A tub with brushed nickel claw feet is ready for long soaks, made all the more enjoyable by the bathroom's heated tile floors and stunning views. Extensive landscaping embraces the home. River stone and dry-stack walls define the terraced lawns. Multiple flower beds blaze with color, and the home's many windows mirror the property's natural beauty. The homeowner uses the secluded patios for entertaining, sunbathing and as overflow space for hosting numerous social events. The finished home suits its hilltop site and brings to mind a European estate set in the Old South.

Home Plan Details:

Square Footage: 4,066

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2.5

Builder; log provider: MossCreek, (800-737-2166; MossCreek.net)

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