A North Carolina mountainside retreat overlooks a breathtaking waterfall


This spectacular mountainside retreat was built by OakBridge Timber Framing, nestled on an 8-acre property near Sapphire, North Carolina. This unique dwelling graces a hillside, designed so that every room overlooks a majestic naturally occurring waterfall. 

The property features incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, acres of forestland, and twin 70-foot waterfalls that descend over a rock wall. For the design, the owner requested modern, clean lines with timber framing. From the exterior, three gabled forms help to break down the scale of the structure while defining distinct living spaces.


This dwelling encompasses 5,000 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The timber frame was pre-cut at the builder’s workshop and then shipped to the home site for hand assembly.

“The structural Douglas fir timber frame features coastal, slow-growth, kiln-dried wood with traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery. The timbers range in sizes from 8-by-8 posts and 8-by–10 bent girts and rafters, to 4-by-10 diagonal braces and 5-by-7 purlins.” — OakBridge Timber Framing


One of the challenges presented in this design was that there was no flat land on the property. The floor plan was devised for the steep, sloped site. The main level decks are roughly 40 feet off the ground, which necessitated some extra safety measures in the engineering.


 A very modern interior and decor are perfectly paired with the rustic nature of the timber frame.


 A truly unique contemporary style interior compliments the timber beams and natural stone fireplace.


What We Love: This secluded getaway provides a relaxing respite with views of twin waterfalls from pretty much every room in the home. It gives an incredible sense of peace and a connection with nature. The minimal decor helps to not detract from the waterfall views while keeping this retreat clutter-free and low-maintenance. We are loving the overall design concept and the tranquility of a natural waterfall right next to the home.

Tell Us: What are your thoughts on this mountainside retreat overlooking a waterfall? Would you feel at peace living here? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Check out a couple of other amazing home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of North Carolina: Mountain craftsman home with rustic elegance in Blue Ridge Mountains and Mountain modern craftsman has serene forest backdrop in North Carolina.


The homeowner selected all of the furnishings for the home, selecting high-end tile from Italy, wood floors from Sweden, and custom cabinetry from Germany.


Each room is designed to have a majestic view of the waterfall, and mountainside landscape. The timber-frame porch beautifully captures the falls.



The modern staircase leads downstairs to a home theater and lounge area.






The owner’s favorite feature in this home is this custom-designed home theater. One of the first 3-D theaters to be integrated into a residence, this secluded space is also used for listening to classical music.



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