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InnerCella Second Home Escapes

Mountain Charmer

A Cliffs at Walnut Cove custom home invites big beauty into a modest mountain setting.


/ by Heidi Coryell Williams / photography by Kevin Meechan

The question facing the Upstate builder-architect team Ken Berry and Brad Wright as they prepared to take on a cottage build in an Asheville-area luxury home community was simple: How do we design something with character and build it on a smaller scale? The award-winning Berry Group’s 2014 custom home in the Cliffs at Walnut Grove was as much about maintaining balance in scale as it was about blending architecture into a heavily wooded lot, tucked into a private Western North Carolina hillside.

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Long mountain views are discernable from the top floor of the the three-level construct, but the home’s architecture and ambience are not geared toward maximizing the distant horizon. Rather, they are tied to the wilderness just outside the back door. More enclave than estate, everything about the design and décor of this mountain home is intentional, with an emphasis on light, natural materials, and eclectic cottage charm. “The homeowners didn’t want it to feel like a big massive place,” says Ken Berry, owner of The Berry Group, a custom home builder SPRING 2017

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