Here we are looking at the south side of the house, which opens itself up for views and sunlight, while overhangs help with summer shading. From here we can grasp the horizontal layering of the house: Wood roofs sit above walls of wood, glass and the occasional weathered steel, all above a stone base.
Clear-stained cypress is used for the soffits, providing a lighter counterpoint to the sometimes dark walls.
A break in the stone wall in the foreground leads to the front door, which is set off from the adjacent walls through the lighter wood. Note the other paths and doors that lead to the master suite via the glass link on the right, and to the guest suite on the left.
A large steel handle is set into the door in an L configuration. It makes sense that Carlton brought in outside help to craft the entry, since the jutting plan of the front door elevates the entry in importance, calling for something specially crafted.
In this view are a couple more interesting details. First are the two skylights, one over the kitchen island and one raking the white-oak cabinets beyond. These long apertures bring additional light into the large and long space while also directing one’s gaze to the window and view beyond.
The second detail is the island itself, fabricated in concrete by local craftspeople. This substantial piece hints at what might have been if Carlton’s first scheme had been embraced by the community board.
Steel and wood are also used in the built-in storage and window seat in the corridor past the opening here. This creates some continuity between the two spaces, while making the corridor a place to be, not just a place to walk through.
Even the movement from the garage, tucked below the guest suite, is well considered. One moves through the mudroom, then turns right to ascend the stairs to the living area, where the space opens as one rises and the view through the glass gets more and more expansive.
With floor-to-ceiling glass, it’s easy to wonder how the couple lives without curtains; where is the privacy? Considering that they own 13 acres, and that the house is laid out strategically, it is not an issue. Unlike urban situations, where prying eyes are right across the street, in this Blue Ridge Mountain context there are none.