Reimagined History Among the Trees

The owners of this hidden gem wanted a wooded getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life—a vacation sanctuary for their multi-generational family, among the mountains and the trees, with stone fireplaces and cozy nooks for laughter and conversation—a kind of luxury cabin to act as a family heirloom for years to come.

The result is this unique, 6,800-square-foot rustic mountain home designed by MossCreek that reinvents and repurposes historical elements, while blending into its surroundings. The mixed-material retreat sits atop a valley, surrounded by rolling foothills, and dons nature-inspired detail at every turn.

Around the entry and covered porches is a railing made of rhododendron branches, the top and bottom rails crafted of tier pole from a century-old barn. The metal porch roof is reclaimed rusted barn tin, and the shingles of the upper roof are made of poplar bark. Logs on the siding are hewn antique timber beam faces from an old tobacco barn. 

The reclaimed materials do not stop at the exterior. In the great room, 28-foot ceilings boast timber framing from the original timbers of a Canadian barn over 100 years old. 

The wall is lined with mushroom board—cypress wood that’s been used in a mushroom farm and has undergone an aging process, bringing out all the beautiful veins, knots, and rings of the grain. A branch-and-twig chandelier from Wish Designs USA hangs over the hand-sanded walnut floor. 

A stack-stone fireplace anchors the room and sets the perfect scene for family gatherings and games.

The kitchen is full of monochromatic, rustic texture—granite countertops, cabinets crafted from pecky cypress, crab orchard stone and mushroom board on the kitchen island, copper stove hood and farmhouse sink. 

Around every corner is a multitude of visual treasures and reclaimed materials. No stone was left unturned when bringing historical and natural elements indoors.

The outdoor living spaces—and the floor-to-ceiling aluminum clad windows—are built to capture the breathtaking views above the valley and create an illusion of being on top of the world. 

An expansive, covered porch with a fireplace creates just one of many outdoor-room settings that flow to exposed stone terraces. 

An in-ground fire pit is the perfect spot for the family to roast marshmallows and take in the mountain air.

Allen Halcomb is the president of MossCreek, a residential design firm dedicated to creating custom, one-of-a-kind homes. View their profile, or contact Allen at 800.737.2166 or

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