Mountain Retreat

Lake Nantahala, North Carolina

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Nestled on the shore of Lake Nantahala in western North Carolina is a secluded mountain retreat designed for a couple and their two grown children.

The house is dramatically perched at the intersection of a steep rock face to the north, and an extreme grade drop-off with mountain and lake views to the south. To maximize views, primary living quarters are placed on the second floor, with the entry and guest suites tucked on the floor below. A grand entry stair welcomes you to the second floor. The north wall of the stair is clad in indigenous stone, in homage to the natural rock face beyond.

The hallmark of the design is the Great Room, with high, sloping ceilings and exposed trusses, fabricated from reclaimed lumber. Grand views to the south are maximized through the use of oversized picture windows. Views to the north focus on the outdoor terrace with fire pit, which are gently embraced by the rock face.

© Smook Architecture