Photos courtesy of Modern Rustic Homes
Nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, a two-acre lot offers unparalleled views of nature and a sense of absolute tranquility — the perfect spot for a comfortable timber home retreat. Though the homeowners originally set out to build a weekend home the criteria soon shifted as they looked toward the future. “As ideas grew and inspiration kicked in, they wanted a retreat that would also be suitable as a retirement home when the timing was right,” explains Michael Grant of Modern Rustic Homes, a design/build firm in nearby Ellijay. “I developed a floor plan to provide for one-level living with a guest suite upstairs, and planned the design around their requests for an open plan that would allow for entertaining and casual living.”
The resulting 3,000-square-foot design incorporates varying ceiling heights and beam configurations to help define rooms (in lieu of walls), as well as sight lines that pull your eye toward different focal points all around the property. Visual access from inside to outside was carefully planned by having windows and doors aligned with interior door openings and hallways. “This arrangement captures the view of the trout stream, mountains and meadows surrounding the house,” says Grant.
The stunning white pine timber frame was also planned carefully. “The client wanted ‘Timber-Frame Lite,’ the look and feel of a timber-frame home, but not a true timber frame structure,” explains Grant. “Our solution was a hybrid of conventional construction methods combined with timber frame elements to create the look.” Once guests walk through the front door, they are instantly wowed by the light-filled design that creates a warm and welcoming ambiance. “Having lived with a small dark entrance foyer in our Cape Cod-style home, I wanted to let light flood in this home,” explains the homeowner. “That really sets the stage for a ‘you’ve arrived’ experience.”
What Makes It The Best
The expansive back deck is positioned to take advantage of the views of the mountains and the nearby trout stream. The smart floor plan includes all the important amenities on the first floor, allowing for one-level living in the future. The lines between indoors and out are blurred thanks to large expanses of windows and a spacious “living porch” off the great room.
Square Footage: 3,000 Designer
Timber provider: Modern Rustic Homes