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Inside a peaceful modern refuge perched on a mountainside in North Carolina

modern mountainside home exterior at dusk

This peaceful refuge with clean lines and modern warmth was designed by Altura Architects to maximize the surrounding beauty of Lake Toxaway, North Carolina. This home belongs to a family of five who found this property after evacuating their coastal South Carolina home during a hurricane. Consequently, a sense of shelter and protection was fundamental to the vision for this house.

The owners did not want to change anything about the land: “We love the site exactly how it is.” The design process began with a careful review of the native forest of rhododendron, laurel, and hardwood trees. The upper knoll was particularly beautiful, and despite it being the highest point with the best views, we all agreed to preserve this special landscape and locate the house to the north. 
 
DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Altura Architects BUILDER Morgan-Keefe Builders LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Osgood Landscape Architecture

modern mountainside home exterior

modern mountainside home exterior garage doors

modern mountainside home exterior at dusk

The overall form of the home bends to follow the natural topography of the land. The two wings of the home reach around an entry courtyard that embraces guests as they arrive.

modern mountainside home exterior at dusk

At the entry is a metal sculpture, titled Shelter in the Storm by artist J Aaron Alderman, which further embodies the original vision of the project.

modern mountainside home exterior at dusk

modern mountainside home pathway up to the front door

The metal sculpture at the front door was specifically picked by the owners because it embodies their story of how they arrived in WNC. The piece is called Shelter in the Storm by J Aaron Alderman.

modern mountainside home exterior entry with a statue at dusk

Quality craftsmanship, materials, and systems allow this conventional construction to perform at a high level of energy efficiency. The home achieves a HERS 55 (45% better than building code) and annual savings of approximately $4,400 a year on energy bills.

modern mountainside home entry with a staircase

This mountain modern house responds to the land and brings a sense of calm to the landscape, while the flow of spaces and materials brings a sense of refuge to our clients. The design blends daylight, views, and a warm palette that connects the home to nature.

modern living room

The main living space is open with mountain views to the north, while high windows bring in sun from the south.

modern dining room looking towards the living room

What We Love: Nestled into the trees on a mountainside, this modern luxury home provides a serene refuge. Natural oak, granite, and metal elements, straight lines, and expansive windows create a harmonious and restful space. Small details help to elevate the overall feel, including organically shaped metal cabinetry pulls, hand-crafted pendant lights with a touch of gold, a unique reglet trim lining the baseboards and doorways, and separately regulated climate control in the artful wine cabinet.

Tell Us: What details in the design of this North Carolina refuge do you find most inspiring? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other incredible home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of North Carolina: This modern dream house in North Carolina offers fabulous curb appeal and Tour a warm and inviting home in North Carolina with inspiring details.

modern dining room looking towards the living room

modern dining room

modern kitchen

modern living room with a fireplace

modern home bar with a built-in window seat

modern dining room

modern screened porch

modern bedroom

modern bathroom vanity with a shower

modern powder room with wallpaper

modern staircase

modern home office

modern home office

modern mudroom with a bench

modern mudroom with a a bench and floor detail

modern laundry room

modern bathroom

modern staircase with a large window

modern staircase with a large window

modern mudroom with a bench

modern staircase leading to the wine cellar

modern staircase leading to the wine cellar

modern family room with an accent wall mural

modern family room with an accent wall mural

modern home office

modern garage

modern mountainside home exterior at dusk

Outdoor living spaces were a big design priority. A screen porch extends from the living room, cantilevers into the trees, and also connects to an open terrace with an outdoor kitchen. Three free-standing board-formed concrete walls help create a sense of enclosure and screen the terrace from the driveway.

modern mountainside home patio

modern mountainside home patio

modern mountainside home exterior at dusk

modern mountainside home exterior at dusk

modern mountainside home exterior at dusk

modern mountainside home aerial view at dusk

modern mountainside home aerial view at dusk

modern mountainside home aerial view

PHOTOGRAPHER Ryan Theede

Toxaway Refuge Video from Morgan Keefe on Vimeo.

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3 months ago

Beautiful. Found it odd that codes there would pass an electrical outlet just above laundry sink.