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This North Carolina home cantilevers over a steep and rugged terrain

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Harding Huebner Architects in collaboration with Milestone Contracting have designed this contemporary mountain home located in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. The half-acre narrow wooded site is steeply sloped with long-range views of the Appalachians to the west and foreground views of downtown Asheville. Offering roughly 3,300 square feet of living space, this dwelling is built from cast-in-place concrete, steel, glass, stone, and Garapa.

The homeowners moved here from Austin Texas by way of a two-year layover in Tennessee while the house was being built. In recent years, Asheville has attracted folks from all parts of the country. Whether it’s for the robust beer and food culture, mild winter and summer climates, pristine air quality, an active outdoor lifestyle, or simply as a respite from the bustle of larger cities. The homeowners cited all of the above.

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The site’s unique cross slope starts gradually, but becomes more severe moving away from the street and toward the middle of the house. The design feels like the inevitable synthesis of site conditions and what the homeowners wanted the house to achieve. The parti is a roof plane and floor plane suspending a completely glass center.

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The exterior material palette was selected to weather naturally and gracefully while also blending in with the surrounding environment. The garapa wood siding was left to weather over time, without the application of stain or paint, the stone was quarried locally and the foundation is concrete, an inherently local material comprised of sand from local waterways.

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The footprint is compact and the all-glass wrapper conceals a complex, cantilevered steel structure that allows the house to float lightly above the steep terrain.

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What We Love: This beautifully designed home is integrated into a steeply sloping site where it is maximized to take advantage of the amazing views. The surrounding natural beauty provides a relaxed living environment where one can feel a sense of calm. Large windows not only capture the views but flood the interior spaces with natural light. We are especially loving how the home appears to float above the breathtaking landscape.

Tell Us: What elements in the design of this North Carolina home do you find most appealing and why in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of North Carolina: A farmhouse hideaway with a cool urban vibe in the hills of Hope Valley and Timeless European style home with backdrop of North Carolina mountains.

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The views take center stage but the interiors are enlivened by ample use of clear stained walnut, light-hued natural stone slabs, blonde oak floors, and neutral-toned fabrics and furniture.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Keith Isaacs

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