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Editor’s Note Winter still has its grasp on the High Country but that grasp is loosening. Soon Spring will be upon us and I for one am happy for so many reasons. For many of us, winter hasn’t just been hard because of the intense weather, the frigid temperatures, and huge amount of snow that has fallen. This winter has been tough on the economy and on our spirits. But the feeling of rejuvenation is right around the corner. As the ice thaws and the flower buds start to bloom, our mountain economy will also begin to bud. I don’t just believe this based on sheer optimism, but on several factors. The first being reports on a national level that show positives. We obviously have not fully recovered from this economic turmoil but these positives are great to hear and we can piggyback off of them. The second being that our mountain economy is seasonal in general, and the cycle is about to restart. Third, here at High Country Home Magazine we get to talk with so many of the home builders and service providers and many of them are back to work, and we are so happy about that. It is a very humbling and saddening experience that many have gone through. I believe that we all have learned some valuable lessons from this tough economy. I know I have learned that you can’t take things for granted, that corrections happen for a reason, and that the mistakes that we all make in the past do impact the future. I also feel that although it was a tough lesson to learn, I am now better prepared for the future. With Spring quickly approaching I believe that the strong will and hardwork of the people of the High Country will prevail. As the flowers and plants begin to sprout and rejuvenate so will our economy. I’m excited about what the future holds and I hope you can see the hardwork and excitement in this issue of High Country Home Magazine. In the pages of this issue you will see some of our best design profiles. We are featuring four absolutely amazing homes. You can also read about the green revolution that is invading your kitchen, how to save water and money, how to prepare those flowers and plants for rejuvenation, and so much more. You can also find all these great articles and more on I would also like to personally thank the hard work and determination of our publisher, Chris Rabon for his persistence and endurance during this winter as well as the hardworking writers and graphic designers that have helped design our best magazine yet. Hope you enjoy the issue and the season!

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Home Guide

22 People We Admire 26 Businesses We Applaud

For The Table

41 The Green Revolution is Coming to your Kitchen


46 Preparing Your Landscape for Spring


52 Pests? 54 12 Ways to Save Water and Money 56 Toss the Matches, Grab The Remote

Out Of The House 93 Hit The Slopes

58 Turchin Center For The Visual Arts


100 Gold Covered Leaf Jewelry Wolf Creek Traders

30 For The Table :: Bistro Roca’s Best

The Marketplace 99 Products You Need 104 Business Card

99 Hand Planed Pine Table Designs In Wood

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Dave Parks of Distinctive Kitchens and Baths, believes in operating as problem solvers and not as people trying to make a sale. His frst goal is to build trust and “see if we are a good fit for our client’s problems.” Dave is an avid skier and cyclists, but his favorite activity is spending time with his 4 year old grandson, Aiden.

Judi Beck is a facilitator, art consultant, and freelance writer living in the High Country. She’s been published in Pastel Artist International, Philanthropy International and the Inner Edge, as well as numerous regional publications. She and her husband, Kevin, were owners of the Upstairs Gallery in Blowing Rock. She is the author of “The Ecology of Conversation.”

Katie Strasser is a Creative Writing major at Appalachian State University. She also has a minor in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology with hopes to someday write books and create a magazine of her own. Katie loves food, snowboarding, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Stefan Olson studied aviation but was more inspired by the vistas he viewed then the technicalities of piloting. After finishing his aviation degree Stefan pursued his true love, and graduated from App State with a degree in photography. We’re happy to have Stefan as our contributing photographer.

Sonya Garland is the owner of Hawk Mountain Garden Center and has over 15 years working as a landscaper in the high country. She is a registered landscaping contractor, certified plant professional and landscape designer, offering full landscaping services. For a free consultation, please call Sonya at 828-2600452. • 17

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TheIntroductions Get to know the businesses we applaud and people we admire in the High Country

Randy Waters of Waters Edge Builders plans to see as much growth in the next years as he has in the past, even during rough economic times. With seven projects currently in the pipeline for the company, 2011 looks to be one of the best years yet for Waters and his crew, which speaks highly of their building qaulity and customer satisfaction.

JS Construction and owner Jeff Smith maintain the highest standards for all of their work as they deliver an unforgettable construction experience. Let them relieve the stress so commonly associated with building and start your project today!

The most appealing aspect of my business is “working with clients to meet their personal requirements and to see the final result of my work.” - Jim Cerratt, Timber Structure Inc.

“Penick Construction prides itself on their consistent hard work and the absolutely excellent character of the men employed within the company.” • 21

Introductions :: People We Admire

Randy Waters Waters Edge Builders


andy Waters’ first trade job in 1975 was a direct result of his need to do more than work in a corporate office structure and his urge to “get out of those uncomfortable shoes.” Today, Waters has found much success in areas other than ditching his tie; his residential building company Waters Edge Builders, LLC has contracted homes all over the High Country of North Carolina. Priding himself on “providing superior customer service, intelligent design, and good taste,” Waters has been building and remodeling in the High Country since June 2007 with his wife and two children. Finding the utmost importance in paramount customer service, Randy works closely with customers to translate their vision into a cohesive plan and drawings. Additionally, being careful with a client’s financial boundaries and plans is vital, as well as respecting their valuable property, time, and ideas. Services offered by Waters Edge Builders include direction in design if needed, setting up tours for clients to view other homes, and working one-on-one with the homeowner to craft a specific plan best suited for the space and other specifications. Remodeling is a very client-driven business, much more so than building on spec or investment projects and thus a constant presence during construction is required of the builder. Waters admits that the most challenging aspect of day-to-day operation 22 •

in this industry is undoubtedly the relentless High Country weather. Snow days that shut down the town are definitely a hindrance when it comes to the construction industry in this area, especially when snow days mean that two kids are home in the Waters’ household. Randy laments that the local snow day policy, “simply complicates the day-to-day basis beginning at 6:00 am.” Concerning the future of Waters Edge Builders, Randy plans and hopes to see just as much growth in the next years as he has in these past few, even during rough economic times. With seven projects currently in the pipeline for the company, 2011 looks to be one of the best years yet for Waters and his crew. The best part of working in construction? Waters loves the pride in a job well done, the kind that can be seen from the street and enjoyed within the home. Combining creativity, thinking, planning, and organizing into a single design that comes together through teamwork, physical labor and personal relationships is truly a rewarding experience for a builder. Randy strives to maintain a premium level of clientele and projects in the months ahead while still remaining personalized and attentive to homeowners. • 23

Introductions :: People We Admire

Jeff Smith JS Construction, LLC


eff Smith, originally from Alabama, became familiar with the High Country in the early 90s. Forced to leave in 1997, Jeff could never shake the feeling that the High Country was his home and ultimately where he wanted to build a life for himself. He attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for two years before discovering the Construction Technology department at Appalachian State University. Jeff found this to be an opportunity to return to the area he always loved and took it. He always had a passion for carpentry, growing up with a father who instilled a strong work ethic at an early age. While attending ASU, he was able to meet incredibly talented individuals who were eager to mentor a young entrepreneur and provide opportunities for excellent experience in the local building community. Jeff spent several years designing homes for a development and engaging in project management before starting J.S. Construction in February of 2006. It is J.S. Construction’s goal to provide their clients with a seamless construction experience by providing many trades and skills that overlap among the talented individuals involved in their company. These trades include highly skilled professional craftsmen capable of implementing the latest green building techniques in framing and finish carpentry. Their carpenters offer over 50 years combined experience. Whether conventional, post and beam construction, or just something completely out of the box, if it follows the rules of gravity and will pass their rigid standards for longevity in our local environment, they will bring it to fruition for you. They also maintain an unlimited licensed 24 •

electrician on their crew providing personal consultation with clients throughout the project, putting the latest technology and electrical expertise at your fingertips. They have recently become a certified dealer for Shiloh Cabinetry, a premier custom cabinet line offering all-wood construction with an ESP (Environmental Stewardship Program) stamp of approval. The Glasswing Design Company LLC, a subsidiary of J.S. Construction, provides Kitchen and Bath design services as well as interior design, space planning, color consultation, and finish material selection. These services are provided on an “as needed basis” within the scope of their client’s projects, all of which continue to add to the seamless J. S. Construction experience. Of course it is hard for them to provide their clients with every trade “in house” as they are not a large company. At J.S. Construction, they strive to provide their clients with the most value for every dollar spent by keeping things small, personal, and efficient. They believe in providing you with the quality your investment deserves by surrounding themselves with talented employees and a network of properly licensed SubContractors that are professional and considered to be the best in the High Country. Their policies maintain the highest standards for all of their work as they deliver an unforgettable construction experience. Let them relieve the stress so commonly associated with building and start your project today! • 25

Introductions :: Businesses We Applaud

Timber Structures, Inc. Jim Cerratt


erving the High Country since 1991, Jim Ceratt, owner and founder of Timber Structures Inc, is dedicated to “Providing his clients with a near seamless construction experience.” With more than 20 years in the construction industry, Jim has developed an experienced eye for quality craftsmanship, and his 10 years as a licensed contractor only add to his expertise. Jim has been a High Country resident for the past 29 years, moving to Todd, N.C. at the young age of 15, after a short summer vacation to the area with family in 1982. By 1991, Jim had founded Timber Structures Inc and today the company is a full service builder and contractor. Throughout the years Jim has maintained a small client focused operation and he plans to remain small, thus being able to offer the most personal service to his clients, unlike big businesses. Timber Structures has one phone number and one person answering it this way, clients don’t have to deal with secretaries, assistants, or job foremen. The headache of having to get a contractor, a builder, and all of the other people along the way is alleviated with Timber Structures Inc. From site selection to 26 •

the final inspection, Timber Structures is a full service contractor and builder. Jim’s initial inspiration to start Timber Structures was his interest in working with wood and the vast array of other construction materials involved. He also liked the idea of a project coming together like the handcrafted pieces of a puzzle. The final result no matter how big or small, no matter rustic or sophisticated, is a custom built home, a masterpiece, a trophy of sorts. Timber Structures has built custom homes in North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia on their own and with help from other builders and contractors. They are an unlimited licensed general contractor and NC licensed home inspectors. Though Jim enjoys building custom homes, Timber Structures also contracts and builds commercially. Above all, Jim strives to make Timber Structures known for its personal attention and quality in the High Country. Jim says the most appealing aspect of his business is “working with clients to meet their personal requirements and to see the final result of my work.”

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Penick Construction Maurice Penick


enick Construction is a powerhouse company of efficiency, high-quality, grading, masonry, and general construction. Since the businesses’ initial start in 1978, Boone native and head of the company, Maurice Penick has provided the counties of Watauga, Ashe, and Avery with superior services ranging from clearing and hauling to stonework, ponds, and general contracting. A commitment to excellence paired with diligent labor are what set Penick Construction apart from the rest of the local industry, 90% of each project is performed “in house.” This allows the company to be a turn-key operation, increasing scheduling efficiency and boosting the overall worth of each project. Penick Construction offers many construction choices: septic system installation, road building, and brick and block work. Additionally, the company is also an Insulated Concrete Forms dealer and installer as well as a StoneMaker dealer and installer. 28 •

Penick attributes his initial inspiration for starting his business to his innate entrepreneurial spirit and a preference to be his own boss as opposed to working under someone else. He credits much of the success of Penick Construction to the incredible work ethic instilled in him by his parents, but most importantly he adds, “to the gift that God has given me to look at a potential problem associated with a project and figure out the solution.” As a business owner, Penick is constantly considering what is best for the client and workers at any given time under any type of circumstance. The construction industry requires a certain degree of attentiveness that Penick exemplifies in every project he completes, as anyone who has seen his work will testify. Penick Construction prides itself on their consistent hard work and the absolutely excellent character of the men employed within the company. Penick Construction is true to its word and turns out a high-quality product every time. • 29

Bistro Roca’s For The Table


If you need an excuse to leave your wonderful mountain home in search of fine food fare heare are four dishes from the Blowing Rock eatery that are sure to please. photos by Chris Rabon • 31

Pork Belly [Only available as a special]

Slow braised local Pork belly served over a sweet corn potato cake, served with house pickled green tomatoes and sweet peppers. Has a spicy bbq vinegarette

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Poached Mahi Mahi [Only available as a special]

Tomato and Carrot poached Mahi Mahi topped with a sweet potato and pumpkin seed relish atop a bed of local greens. All the juices were hand pressed and locally grown. Gessami White Wine. • 33

Roasted Figs [Popular Appetizer]

Manchego and sourwood honey Prosciutto wrapped Figs

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Wood Fired Mussels [Popular Appetizer]

Wood fired mussels with white wine, splash of cream, served with roma tomatoes and crusty garlic bread and local arugula. • 35

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The Green Revolution Is Coming To Your Kitchen written by Dave Parks Distinctive Kitchens And Baths

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Green Kitchen


he excitement about healthier, more energy efficient homes is growing. Are you building a new home or you are ready to remodel and update your present kitchen? If so, your “green” choices are increasing almost daily.

Until recently, the limited choices for green products for the kitchen were either very expensive, not very attractive,

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or both. Now there are several major categories of kitchen components that are healthier and/or more energy efficient. The kitchen is the “Heart of your Home” and is the one room where you spend the most of your waking time. EcoFriendly cabinets are becoming more affordable and the styles and finishes rival conventionally constructed cabinetry.

They can be made from woods that have no formaldehydes added and with finishes that are formaldehyde free and 0% volatile organic compound (VOC) free. Woods that are harvested in a sustainable manner such as bamboo and lyptus are also available. Proper ventilation is an important part of creating a healthy kitchen environment. Consulting with an NKBA certified kitchen designer who is trained to guide you in your choices will give you the latest in

design knowledge. To compliment your beautiful healthy cabinets, you can choose from several counter tops that are made from recycled materials such as recycled glass, paper and stone. These product use less energy in production and are recyclable when they need to be replaced. Another area to focus on is water use and conservation. There are several new technologies for heating water that • 43

The Green Revolution is not only for your kitchen. You can use it throughout your home. This picture shows the use of Lyptus in a beautiful library.

offer significant energy savings. Reduced flow faucets, shower heads, and toilets are available that will dramatically reduce family water consumption. The major energy users in your kitchen are your appliances. Choosing Energy Star Rated appliances will significantly reduce your energy consumption. Many new appliances are now Energy Star rated. Other choices that will lead to over all reduction in energy use are compact florescent or LED lighting, tankless hot water heaters, and energy efficient windows, doors, and insulation. There are several contractors in the area with specialized training and experience in green construction. These 44 •

contractors can provide you with the building practices and material choices that will give you a truly green home. Here are several resources for learning more: www.kochcabinet. com,, www.hahbgreen.comwww., and Saving energy and creating a safe, healthy environment for you family, is good for you, good for the environment and good for our national economy. Call Distinctive Kitchens and Baths for more information at 828-963-9633 or visit them at their location at Shops At Twin Rivers on Hwy 105 South in Foscoe. You can also visit their website at • 45


Preparing Your Landscape For Spring written by Sonya Garland As the snow melts and the days get warmer, folks start getting excited about Spring coming to the mountains. The birds are singing, daffodils are blooming and plants that have been sleeping for the winter start poking their green heads through the rich, dark dirt that we haven’t seen for months. The trees are beginning to get those familiar bumps that in a few weeks will turn to the chartreuse leaves that signify the changing of the seasons and we start going outside more to enjoy our outdoor spaces. Sometimes we are gripped with a feeling of panic as we survey the outsides of our homes and try to figure out where to begin with the yearly project of getting our yards ready to enjoy for the spring and summer. Where do I begin? What do I need to buy? When can I

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move or separate plants? What plants can I trim? These are some of the questions that run through our minds. With a simple check list and plan, undertaking the spring clean up project can be made easier and you will be ready when it comes time to begin. 1. Clean up: The spring clean up is the first step to getting our outdoor spaces ready for spring. The clean up should include the removal of dead leaves and sticks that have blown in the garden and yard during the winter. Also, the removal of any leftover dead annual plants or stalks from perennials should be removed. This should be done in late March or early April in the high country, depending on the weather of course! Be sure not to cut back the daffodil foliage after they finish blooming, wait until they fade and shrivel. Cutting them back too early will stunt next years growth. 2. Evaluate: It is a good practice to evaluate your garden and yard before beginning any plantings or mulching. Try to think back to last summer and remember if any plants needed to be moved. How was the grass, were there bare spots? Which areas of the gardens needed plants added or where will a splash of annual color make my garden more beautiful? Which trees or shrubs needed trimming? 3. Plan of Attack: Fertilizing is always an important part of the spring maintenance of lawns and plants. It is a great time to fertilize in March and April. A basic 10-10-10 fertilizer may be easily applied to both grass, trees and shrubs. A small scoop about the size of a quarter at the drip line of each shrub or tree will help give the plant a growth boost. For lawns, based on a 40 lb. bag of 10-10-10 fertilizer it is recommended to use 4 bags per acre of grass. Lime is also an important nutrient to keep grass

a dark green and generally most yards in the mountains benefit from lime being added. Without a soil analysis, it is impossible to determine exactly how much lime is needed on a yard, but as a general rule I add 2 bags of lime to 1 bag of fertilizer for general maintenance. The spring is also a good time to reseed any bare patches in the lawn. Scratch the bare spot with a rake to loosen the dirt, sprinkle some fertilizer, lime and grass seed according to the directions on the bag and cover with straw. Be sure to water the area and I would recommend waiting until mid-April to sow grass. Next, think about any plants that might need to be transplanted. By the first of May, perennial plants (the ones that come back every year) should be above the ground enough to recognize and see the area that they occupy. May is the perfect time to dig up the perennial plant, cut the plant into 2-3 sections and move the plants to where you would like them. If a garden has a good foundation of perennial plants that bloom at different times, then annuals can be added in groups to give a constant burst of color and tie the garden together. Annuals should be planted after May 10th in the high country as a general rule to avoid those late frosts that we sometimes get. Mulching is a very important part of maintaining a beautiful landscape space. Mulch is important because it helps to prevent weeds from growing into beds, helps hold moisture for the plants and gives your landscaped areas a more manicured and defined look. Mulching can be done anytime. Around trees, shrubs and landscape beds an additional 2-3 inches added annually should be enough to help with the weeds and neaten flowerbeds may only need an inch or so of mulch, just to give it a manicured look and to help keep the plants moist. There are a variety of colors and textures available in mulch today, from a very fine mulch that works well in flowerbeds to a heavier weight that lasts longer and controls weeds better. Mulching can be done in early spring, but be sure

to leave areas open for your annual flowers. Trimming is a chore that needs to be planned according to which plant you are trimming. Spring flowering trees and shrubs such as forsythia, rhododendron and azaleas should be trimmed immediately after blooming to give the plants time to rejuvenate blooms for next year. Evergreens, such as hemlocks, Norway spruce and boxwoods can be trimmed anytime but I prefer trimming them in the spring so that they avoid looking too spikey as they will do for a short time after trimming. Plants such as hydrangeas that bloom in late summer can be trimmed in the spring BUT remember that if you trim a hydrangea it will take 2 years before it blooms again. If all the fertilizing, mulching, trimming and separating of perennials gets done in April, then by May 10th you will be ready to plant your annual flowers. This is always a favorite part of Spring for me! I love all the color that annuals give to my flowerbeds. You may need to check on the card that comes in the annual packs to see if the plant you are buying is a sun or shade loving plant. I always find that adding some fresh potting soil to the area that I am planting annuals gives them a good chance for their tender roots to get growing. With all of the varieties of annuals now, it is great fun to walk through your local garden center and pick out different colors, heights and shapes that will enhance your gardens. Remember birds, bees and butterflies love bright colored flowers and whites and light colors can really set off a shade garden. So as the days get longer and warmer and we start spending more time outside, don’t procrastinate! Walk through your yard and gardens and observe, evaluate your needs and make a plan of attack. Remember, all the work and planning you do now is worth the enjoyment you will get as spring turns into summer! Sonya Garland is the owner of Hawk Mountain Garden Center and has over 15 years working as a landscaper in the high country. She is a registered landscaping contractor, certified plant professional and landscape designer, offering full landscaping services. For a free consultation, please call Sonya at 828-260-0452. 50 •

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12 ways to save money and water in 2011 Thunder Hill Plumbing shares with us the gadgets, facts, and tidbits that save energy and water and pay us back written by Suzanne Hammett


ith today’s economy, everyone is looking for any way to save some money. Here are a few gadgets that help save water and money in the bathroom: • Get a dual flush toilet or a low flush toilet. Most toilets use 7-9 liters of water every time you flush. Dual flush toilets use 4-6 liters depending on how much water is needed to dispose of the waste. If you have a toilet made before 2001, think about getting a CDD (cistern displacement device). Free and easy, CDD’s are a great way to save a little water and a lot of money. • Get self-closing taps that shut the water off as soon as you stop pushing a button or get a water saver adapter. Keep an eye out for dripping faucets- it’s the oldest tip in the book for a reason. Also, turn the water off after you wet your toothbrush or razor. One tiny drip can waste over 80 gallons of water a year! • Get a low flow showerhead or an air shower device- they pump air into a lower amount of water, giving it the same pressure as a high flow shower but use less water. Also, take shorter showers. A 7-minute shower uses about the same amount of water as a bath so if you want to relax with a hot shower consider taking a bath and saving some water. • Get a bathtub with an inline heater- it heats the water already in the tub saving the water you would use to reheat the tub. • Go to a tankless water heating system. A tankless water heater saves space, energy and water while providing endless hot water. Instead of heating one tank of water at a time, a tankless water heater heats the water when the need arises by passing the water through a heater rapidly and continuously.

bath takes anywhere from 30-90 gallons of water to fill. • Don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth. Either use a prepared cup of water, or only run the water to rinse your toothbrush. • Make sure all of your fixtures are working properly. 13% of water is wasted on dripping faucets, tub spouts, showerheads, and leaking toilets. Simple repairs can save tons of water. • Don’t be afraid of switching to “water efficient” fixtures. Plumbing technology has come a long way since the mid 1990s, so those “low-flow” toilets that you used to have to flush 3 times for one use have given way to high efficiency toilets that actually work. • Toilet rebuilding kits are available, as well as faucet aerators and shower heads that restrict flow without sacrificing pressure or performance, and toilets that flush on as little as .8 gallons per flush, as opposed to the industry standard of 1.6 gallons per flush. • Beyond the bathroom, save water in the laundry room and kitchen. In the laundry room, only wash full loads, and adjust the water level for the size load you are washing. The same goes for the kitchen and the dishwasher. Only wash full loads. Today’s dishwashers are much more water efficient than washing your dishes by hand. In addition, with today’s dishwashers pre-rinsing isn’t necessary. Save the water, let the machine do its work.

Here are a few facts and tips from the professionals at Thunder Hill Plumbing:

With gas prices soaring and cut backs in every sector, any way to save money is helpful. Saving water also helps save energy so by saving water you can save a lot on your energy bill! Hopefully these tips can help you save water and money.

• Keep your showers short. A 10-minute shower can use up to 25 gallons of water. 5 minutes is ideal, but if you have long or thick hair, sometimes it just isn’t feasible. Do the best you can.

Thunder Hill Plumbing is a green plumbing service and has the area’s only licensed Green Plumber, Andy Krause. You can reach them at (828)264-4791.

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Stay Warm Until Spring


GRAB THE REMOTE CONTROL by Mitzi Wallace, Wallace Propane


uring winter’s chill, families gather around the comfort of a fireplace. But what’s so cozy about cutting wood, tracking snow into the house, building a fire, and eventually emptying ashes? Today’s gas logs are a convenient alternative to the traditional wood burning fire. Gas logs provide a captivating glow to the fireplace, warming a room quickly and efficiently. Before choosing a gas log set, several options should be considered. Vented logs provide the most natural looking flames that dance and curl around logs to mirror nature’s unique design. A glowing bed of lifelike embers create the realism of a smoldering wood fire. The attractive hand-painted logs are incredibly appealing even when not being burned. Vented logs are available in more than 50 authentic styles of woods. Vented logs must be burned in an approved vented, wood burning fireplace with the damper fully open. They are available in many lengths to accommodate any fireplace size. They can be operated manually, by remote control, or with a wall switch. A direct vent insert gas log system turns an inefficient masonry fireplace into a cozy cost-effective heat source. Instead of a wide 56 •

open hole in the front of the fireplace pulling heated air from the room, a direct vent insert has a fixed glass panel that must be in place in order to operate. A closed combustion system allows the system to achieve efficiencies over 82%. A collinear venting system draws fresh air in from the outside, and expels fireplace exhaust to the outside. Vent free gas logs are a third alternative to the wood burning fire. Dancing flames, glowing embers and a 99% heating efficiency bring warmth to your home without the need for a vent. They can be installed into a masonry or factory built wood burning fireplace and are available in many sizes and styles. Vent free logs are not designed to be a primary source of heat, but make a great source of supplemental heat. They meet or exceed all regulations and safety program standards. Additionally, these units offer a dual fuction safety pilot system which protects against oxygen depletion and interruption in fuel supply. Your local propane dealer, Wallace Propane offers all types of gas logs. Stop in their showroom for a free demonstration and enjoy a fire in your home with the press of a button! • 57

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Hosts Two-Part Lecture With Artist Lowell Hayes Boone, NC – Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is hosting local artist, Lowell Hayes as he holds a two-part lecture series focusing on his recent exhibition at the Turchin Center, The Hemlocks! The Hemlocks! Grief and Celebration by Lowell Hayes. The first lecture, Making Art Nowadays, will be held on March 2nd with the second, The Bug and the Tree, on March 17, 2011. Both lectures will be held in the Turchin Center galleries from 7-8 p.m. Admission is free and open to all campus and community members. For more information on this lecture, call 828-262-3017 or visit More about the lectures: Making Art Nowadays- March 2 During this first lecture, Lowell Hayes will discuss the process it took to create his recent exhibition, The Hemlocks! The Hemlocks! Grief and Celebration, his technique and his philosophy on making art in today’s society. “I am looking for people who will bring their criticisms for some great discussion,” Hayes says about this first lecture in his series. He is encouraging people to not only voice their opinions on how making art has changed over the years, but also about his recent work. The Bug and the Tree- March 17 The second part of this lecture series will host arborist, Lear Powell, and journalist, Sam Calhoun, along with Lowell Hayes to discuss the plight of the hemlocks and what can and needs to be done now. This lecture will focus on the history and inspiration behind Hayes’ current exhibition on display in the Turchin Center. About The Hemlocks! The Hemlocks! Grief and Celebration by Lowell Hayes On display through March 19, 2011 Gallery B & Mayer Gallery, West Wing The Hemlocks! The Hemlocks! Grief and Celebration by Lowell Hayes celebrates the beauty and mourns the imminent loss of the vast Eastern hemlock forest, which has been fatally attacked by sap-sucking insects called hemlock woolly adelgids. This exhibition consists of mixedmedia canvases and some pieces measure as large as nine feet by 19 feet. Since its installation in the Turchin Center in early December, the community has been buzzing with excitement over the detailed and

realistic exhibit that has managed to turn the galleries in the Turchin Center into mini forests. In the university newspaper, The Appalachian, junior communications studies major,Jeff White said, “the Hemlock exhibit was quite exquisite.” Born near old Butler, Tennessee, Hayes, now in his 70s, has been painting the Appalachian landscape and its people for 40 years. He has a BA from Lynchburg College and a BD from the University of Chicago. Earlier work was included in a touring exhibition by the National Museum of American Art, and more recent pieces hang in the University of North Carolina complex and at the Tennessee State Museum. He currently lives in nearby Valle Crucis.

Upcoming Lunch and Learn Lectures and Events at the Turchin Center March 4, 2011 Downtown Boone First Friday Art Crawl TurchinCenter Exhibition Celebration 7-9 p.m.

March 16, 2011 Lunch & Learn Lecture 8th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition Noon- 1 p.m. TurchinCenter Lecture Hall March 17, 2011 Visiting Artist Lecture Lowell Hayes’ “The Hemlocks! The Hemlocks! Grief and Celebration” Part 2 7-8 p.m. Turchin Center Lecture Hall March 25-26, 2011 2nd Annual Draw-A-Thon Please visit for details March 27, 2011 Spring Handmade Market 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. March 30, 2011 Visiting Artist Lecture

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Central Vacuums

Clean Air, Green Appliance In a recent survey by Professional Builders Magazine, indoor air quality ranked second only to energy efficiency in importance to home buyers. Central vacuums help achieve both.

LEED® Points

The National Green Building Standard awards one LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) point toward homes containing a central vacuum system. Only central vacuums are recognized for this.

Energy Savings

Though central vacuums have more powerful motors than portable vacuums, they can save energy and money. As syndicated columnist James Dulley writes, “The energy-saving advantage of using a central vacuum is the fact you probably will have to vacuum less often. Since dust and dirt are captured in the central power unit located in a garage, utility room or basement, none blows through the filter and back into the room." Up to five times more powerful than an upright vacuum, a central vacuum system deep cleans carpets, and easily cleans upholstery, draperies, wood and tile - removing more dust from the home.

Non-Toxic Allergen Removal

Paula Baker-Laporte in her book Prescriptions for a Healthy House says, “Indoor air pollution is one of the top four environmental health risks identified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)”. The EPA has even identified one of the major means of reducing chronic illnesses is to “keep the house clean. House dust mites, pollens, animal dander, and other allergy-causing agents can be reduced, through regular cleaning.” She goes on to warn that “allergic individuals should leave the house being vacuumed because of the increased airborne levels of allergens and other biological contaminants.” She suggests the use of a central vacuum to alleviate this problem. Central vacs do not stir up the dust in the home and 100% of contacted dirt, dust and allergens are transported out of the living area without the use of chemicals or laborious processes.

Clinical Proof

In 2002 the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the University of California, Davis, conducted a clinical study that proved a link between central vacuum systems and allergy relief. The study found that patients experienced a 40% to 61% improvement in their symptoms when they switched from using a portable vacuum to a central vacuum system to clean their homes. In fact, the American Lung Association’s Healthy House requires central vacuum systems where more than 70% of flooring is carpeted. "Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of chronic respiratory diseases,” they say.

Indoor Air Quality Improved

According to the EPA, indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2-5 times, and occasionally more than 100 times higher than outdoor levels. These levels are of particular concern because it is estimated most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors. Over the past several decades, exposure to indoor air pollutants is believed to have increased due to a variety of factors, including the construction of more tightly sealed buildings, reduced ventilation rates to save energy, the use of synthetic building materials and furnishings, and the use of chemically formulated personal care products, pesticides, and household cleaners. One of their suggestions is to use a vacuum system that's vented to the outside. A central vacuum removes all contacted debris out of the living area of a home.

Smaller Footprint

With an average lifespan of 15-20 years compared to 2.5 for portable vacuums, central vacuums have a much smaller waste footprint than portables. Plus, most central vacuums are made of metal and thus they can be easily recycled. Central vacuums not only save energy and improve indoor air quality, they are also the vacuums of choice to keep our environment cleaner for generations to come.

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DesignProfiles Showcasing the High Country’s beautiful homes and communities

The Graham House :: Detail Resonates Home Built By Lehmann Construction

“On a clear day, those inside the home can see all the way to Charlotte, and the 180 degree view gives the house a perfect view of both sunrise and sunset.”

DETAIL Resonates


here is a degree of perfection and craftsmanship that some simply cannot do without when creating a home. Paul Lehmann is one of these people. One of his benchmark projects, a streamlined and detail-oriented ridgeline perch, truly exemplifies such a phenomenal level of expertise. Striving to consistently go above and beyond the average quality of a custom mountain home, Lehmann and his team incorporate features into this modern getaway that most homeowner’s have never even dreamed of. Clean lines, artistic features, and functional details all comprise this house, from the hardware-free kitchen cabinets to fully automated lighting, audio, video, HVAC system and blinds. Walking through this home, one truly finds the importance of construction that is taken slowly, with builder-owner collaboration every step of the way.

The Graham House, a Lehmann Construction benchmark, is an extraordinary mountain home featuring contemporary design, clean lines, and artistic qualities.

The inspiration for this home is evident throughout the linear features in the home and the natural and unique elements that were added to each room. The goal of this project, Lehman states, was to marry the phenomenal Appalachian Mountains with the contemporary feel of a more modern home. Walking through the front door into the great room, one can’t help but notice the pane-less windows lining the back wall that frame the mountain ridges in the distance. However, the real show stealer and focal point of this space is the artistically inspired stone fireplace. Massive slabs of stone serve as the base, with little to no seams apparent, and the feature reaches the ceiling with a swirling pattern painstakingly laid out with natural rock. Natural rough edges along with the organic flow of the rocks add a sense of movement to the wall, making this

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fireplace a one-of-a-kind feature that is entirely exclusive to this Linville home. “That was definitely one of my favorite projects,” states Lehmann, “we had to create a template and then just work on it rock by rock from there.” Adorning the walls around the rest of the room are pieces of art that have been collected by Graham, the owner, throughout his years of living all over the world. Special considerations have been made throughout the home to accommodate the extensive art collection, with built-in shelves and planned niches to place sculptures and paintings. A reoccurring theme of animal print is also seen throughout the home, from the zebra skin stretched out as soon as one walks in the door to various chairs and pillows covered in similar print. The kitchen in this Linville home is truly one-of-a-kind in this area. Curved Caesar stone countertops, touch- to -open

“The inspiration for this home is evident throughout the linear features in the home and the natural and unique elements that were added to each room.”

cabinets, and a mirrored stainless steel backsplash are just a few of the distinctive attributes of this space. LED toe kick lighting provides just the right amount of light at night for getting around, and upon close examination, each wooden panel used for the cabinets has been meticulously placed to line up exactly with the grain of its surrounding pieces. This type of attention and exceptional quality is not merely stumbled upon when building a home; it is the result of much experience in the industry and an irreplaceable passion to achieve unparalleled work. One of the most astonishing features of the Graham home is the walnut spiral staircase that leads to the lower floor. While considering the space available, Lehmann suggested that a circular set of stairs be built rather than a conventional descent with landings. Lehmann notes the care and planning that had

to be put into forming this structure, “This isn’t the type of thing you can build off site, we had to order all of this wood to bend and piece together ourselves.” The finish product is a freestanding, gleaming curvature of stairs made up of two miles of quarter-inch thick strips of dark walnut that were used to achieve the precise shape of the formation. The master bedroom and bath itself is an oasis within the home. A unique fireplace fixture and open and airy room make it cozy and spacious at the same time. The master bath features large amounts of dark imperator marble and textured porcelain on the floor and in the shower recreate the look and feel of alligator and elephant skin. Continuing throughout the house, all of the bathrooms are adorned with wood that has been finished and trimmed to look • 71

completely contemporary. Black and brown are prevalent from the clean-cut square basin sinks to the floors and walls covered in various natural materials such as marble and slate. Freestanding tubs and waterfall showers are both featured within these rooms, and one bath boasts a door-less shower, complete with a mahogany slatted floor for water drainage. Guest bedrooms, a fully-equipped home theatre, and a roomy wine room are all other features of the home, done in the same fresh contemporary style that prevails through each and every carefully crafted space. Specific facets of the home that do not resemble many other houses in the area can be found in even the most unexpected 72 •

of places, like the door hinges. The Swedish concept of invisible hinges was used on every door in the home, creating a clean, uninterrupted line around every single doorway with not a hinge in sight. The same attention to detail can be seen around each window as there is no trim in the house. While some may think that this choice was simpler than adding molding to each window frame, creating an even edge with only wood and drywall is actually a much more difficult method as opposed to traditional casing and baseboard. Out on the deck, hidden fasteners make the Ipe deck look clean and flawless. Extensive outdoor lighting to accentuate the landscaping and natural features of the home is evident, and a waterfall comprised of massive

The ultimate message of this home resonates through each minute detail and modification: an emphasis on quality. rocks tumbles into a pond overlooking the mountainous view that drew the homeowner to the property in the first place. On a clear day, those inside the home can see all the way to Charlotte, and the 180 degree view gives the house a perfect view of both sunrise and sunset. The oversized blinds that cover the windows are automated and may be controlled via remote, leaving no strings for the homeowner to deal with. Just one click of a button and every blind is quickly and smoothly lifted, revealing the breathtaking view to the great room and kitchen. The two acre property is just off the legendary Blue Ridge Parkway and joins a national forest, providing plenty of outdoor beauty and recreation

the area. The ultimate message of this home resonates through each minute detail and modification: an emphasis on quality. Mr. Graham, along with Lehmann and his team wanted to construct a house that is not simply focused on the bottom line cost, or a stereotype that many other mountain homes strive to achieve. Instead, the goal of this home was to provide the homeowner with a truly unique contemporary home that fit perfectly in the mountains and to combine the owner’s ideas and every element of craftsmanship, efficiency, luxury, and beauty into one complete and picturesque structure. • 73

Pioneer Mountain Lodge Mountain Construction proudly shares with us this beautiful mountain home that combines contemporary and rustic features with one of the best views in the High Country.


hen Mark and Susan were ready to move to the North Carolina Mountains, they didn’t want a simple log cabin. They envisioned a Log Lodge for gatherings with family and friends. They contacted Mark Kirkpatrick of Mountain Construction and Hearthstone Homes in Boone. Mark

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has been building Log, Timber Frame and Conventional Frame homes, from contemporary to rustic styles, since the 1980s and remodeling homes and lodges in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Says Mark, “We felt [Mark had] the vision, experience and creativity that we wanted in a builder.” The couple tagged Diane Davant Interiors to help with

Left: Stunning view of the Blue Ridge from the Pioneer Mountain Lodge Deck Below top: Back porch of beautiful lodge Below bottom: Driveway and front of home

decisions for room detailing. Mark and Susan imagined a home that would look like a small log cabin built in 1780 and added onto as the family grew and prospered. They wanted each “addition” as a different style, built of material that pioneers would have on hand: log, board and batten siding, bark siding,

shake, stone and other natural elements. The focus would be Hand-hewn Appalachian Style Log and Handhewn Timber Frame. The couple worked with Mark and Hearthstone Homes to design the lodge, which is made of massive “Timberwright” 8”x16” logs, Timber Frame and conventional framing with a massive round-log portico • 75

entry to protect guests from the elements. As you enter the home you are greeted by some of the warm custom touches featured throughout: antique wide plank hardwood flooring, antique barn wood entertainment center and a massive stone fireplace. Stairs leading to the upper level are made of 6”x16” free-of-heart-center oak stringers and 4”x14” FOHC treads with round oak pickets, rails and posts all hand-peeled, cut from standing dead trees. The timbers, from a massive oak tree that was struck by lightning, were cut on-site. This kind of sustainable effort is common practice for Mountain Construction and its NAHB Certified Green Professionals staff. The great room is the main Log section of the home. The 8”x16” logs, heavy girders and beams all have the “live-edge” from the trees, hand-hewn square. The fireplace below is made of antique brick with a woodstove for sustainable heating that rises upstairs, the way the pioneers would build it. 76 •

The home, built across the hillside, is designed to take full advantage of incredible long-range views. The open kitchen is a warm, family-friendly space with reclaimed oak cabinets, granite countertops and the contrast of differing counter levels and offsets in the cabinet design, as if it was built in sections as the resources for the pioneer family grew. The painted 4’x12’ bead-board poplar island is topped with a hand-crafted spalted maple “liveedge” slab designed for small, impromptu lunches. The Dining Area features comfortable seating for the entire family and guests. An adjoining bay holds the Breakfast Nook, where the couple shares most of their meals. This room also enjoys stunning long-range views. Just off the Great Room is a hand-hewn Timber Frame Sun-porch for enjoying family time on cool summer days, with decks extending across the back side of the home on

Mark and Susan imagined a home that would look like a small log cabin built in 1780 and added onto as the family grew and prospered. They wanted each “addition” as a different style, built of material that pioneers would have on hand: log, board and batten siding, bark siding, shake, stone and other natural elements. • 77

two floors. The views from these decks are breathtaking and make for the perfect summer afternoon. There are two master suites on either end of the main floor, built using Hearthstone logs with vaulted ceilings. The main suite features a Sitting Room with windows on three exterior walls, once again, to take advantage of the views. The home has additional living space on the Lower Level with a kitchenette for guests. There is another Bedroom and Bathroom on the Second Floor as well as Mark’s office, and a front and back stair and elevator to the lower level. The many custom features are what make this home unique among mountain lodges. Each room has a different interior finish; window and door trim varies throughout. The Master Suite, for example, has trim that was made from 1” LiveEdge log veneer cut to a 4” trim with the natural edge of the tree intact, while the Sunroom features more refined 78 •

furniture-grade trim. The doors are custom-made with differing heights, fitting the vision of the homeowners as site-built as the home grew in size. All doors are different wood species and are designed to fit with the style of each room. Perhaps the most stunning feature of this home is the round-log portico. The impressive structure was built on-site by Mountain Construction. The logs are all hand-peeled pine and are engineered to include concealed steel fasteners. The foundation for the portico and the access to the front door are massive weathered rock. The detached garage was designed to look like a Tobacco Barn from the olden days, with Board and Batten siding and a worn-look finish. The couple is thrilled with their new home and enjoys spending time at the Pioneer Mountain Lodge with friends as well as their children and grandchildren.

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Beauty & Efficiency Jeff Smith, owner of JS Construction, shares with us this beautiful High Country timber frame home he and his crew built. Design by Timberpeg. by Suzanne Hammett


eff Smith has been involved in the construction industry for much of his life. He founded J.S. Construction Co., LLC. in February of 2006 and he has built several custom homes in the High Country along with an impressive reputation. Smith graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Construction Management and believes his continuing education helps his company deliver quality homes on time and on budget. “Trust, time, money, and decision-making are all factors that have the potential to become nightmares,” Smith says.

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“As a builder, it is my job to relieve my clients of the stress and anguish that seems all too common in the building process.” During construction, Smith can be found on the build site with his team ensuring proper management and making sure his clients’ vision of the home is thoroughly understood and fulfilled. Smith believes strongly that listening to his clients and understanding their desires is the backbone of any project. He explains, “Once I understand what my clients ultimately want to accomplish, I can then offer my insight into the most cost effective methods to achieve their goals without breaking the budget.” It is this perpetual communication between Smith and his clients that makes any project with J.S. Construction a positive experience.

Though Smith has built many homes, this was his first timber frame home building experience. The clients worked with TIMBERPEG® ( to design their home and to craft many of the components. Headquartered in Claremont, New Hampshire, TIMBERPEG® is one of the top providers in the world for custom timber frame home design and packages. Unlike conventional construction, timber frame homes allow the natural properties of the wood to structurally tie the home together. Through the use of mortise and tenon joinery, a true timber frame home has the authentic elegance and strength of those constructed centuries ago. • 81

After TIMBERPEG® architects and representatives worked with the owners to design their dream home, they were now ready to find a quality builder whom they could trust to bring their dream to life. The owners interviewed many local builders and believed Smith was best suited to provide them with the attention to detail and the overall experience they desired. While the beauty of a TIMBERPEG® home is desirable, there are other benefits as well. Timber frame structures also offer natural opportunities for energy savings. Smith explains, “Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPS) are used to wrap the timber frame structure and can also be used as free-standing wall panels. The benefits of the SIPS are two-fold in this application. Not only do they provide superior restrictive values for air movement, the panels are attached to the exterior of the frame leaving the full depth and beauty of the timbers exposed.” Having firm beliefs that we should be good stewards of the environment, Smith always tells his clients that “there are many shades of green. There are certain building techniques I demand that are inherently green without the additional cost that comes to mind with constructing a green home.” In this home for example, Smith used low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint, implemented an energy recovery ventilation unit in the HVAC system, and installed Renai Gas water heaters. Smith says, “That is just the way it is at J.S. Construction. By combining common

sense with today’s technology, we are able to extract benefits while maximizing every dollar spent.” Driving up to the house, it is impossible not to notice and admire the timber frame structure. The exterior is adorned with combinations of cedar shake and board and baton accents with shiplap cedar covering the larger areas. Stucco and weathered stonework accentuate the curb appeal of this home giving it a distinctly European appearance. Smith’s clients love the exposed Douglas fir beam work. First seen in the Porte-cochere, the beams proceed throughout the house giving it a rustic feel. The covered porch is made of sturdy, rich, Brazilian Ipe hardwood. This, coupled with the massive outdoor fireplace, creates an ideal spot to enjoy an evening of entertaining or stargazing. The flagstone entrance leads through the front door into the foyer. Just a few steps away is the great room with its grand, vaulted ceiling, glass French doors, and extravagant mullioned windows. The openness of the room is emphasized by the expansive mountain backdrop just outside. The custom kitchen, outfitted with several modern amenities, is another great gathering place in this home. It houses a large island that accommodates barstools, a stainless steel single basin sink, and a long stretch of countertop space. Perhaps one of the most eye-catching focal points in the entire home is the unique, hand-crafted, stone arched • 83

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hood above the range made by Smith himself.


The master bedroom looks out over a panoramic mountain scene unobstructed by busy roads or congested traffic. The bathroom boasts a custom tile shower, a claw-foot bathtub with black iron fixtures, and a view beyond compare. Simple, yet elegant, the master bedroom offers a calm and peaceful place to retreat and unwind.

At the other end of the loft is another shipman’s ladder propped up against what seems to be a third story. Atop the ladder and through the hatch is an enclosed cupola. A tranquil place to read a book, the room has a desk, chair, and windows all around encompassing a 360-degree view over the surrounding property. This relaxing space was the inspiration around which the rest of the home was designed.

Just down the hall is a room suited especially for children. Aside from having its own bathroom and an incredible view, the room has a shipman’s ladder leading to a loft just big enough for a child to stake out a private hide-away. After ascending the ladder, a small door is just ahead opening up to the ultimate playroom, utilizing space that would have otherwise been used for storage. A door on the other side of the room leads to the loft on the second floor. The second floor loft is bound by an iron handrail that provides safety and an aweinspiring birds-eye view of the great room. The french doors on the first floor paired with the vast windows above draw attention to the picturesque landscape of rolling mountains. The upstairs serves mainly as a home office and den. It also features a spare bedroom with its own bathroom and view. Though not one of the more noticeable rooms, this bedroom is Smith’s favorite because it fully accentuates the TIMBERPEG® design. The slanting beams that form the room are actually part of the frame of the

An often-overlooked detail in a home is its light fixtures. Without a doubt, this extraordinary home deserved only distinctive, hand-picked pieces. From the stained glass Tiffany-style pendant lights over the dining table to the elaborate iron candle chandeliers that hang in the great room, each fixture suits the distinct personality of this exquisite home. Smith’s client tells us, “A true test of a partnership can be measured based on how you feel about your partner after your project has drawn to a close. Building a home can be stressful. In our case, we were thrilled with Jeff’s craftsmanship, his attention to detail and his constant communication throughout the project. We consider Jeff to be a great friend after the project is done. We’re hiring him again on another project this Spring. We’d recommend him to anyone.” Jeff Smith has built homes all over the High Country. For more information you can contact him at (828)719-5724. • 85

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Paying Homage Randy Waters of Waters Edge Builders showcases this beautiful cabin remodel that successfully marries old cabin aesthetics with new construction, finishes, colors, and textures.


he business of remodeling older treasures has become increasingly popular in recent years. When faced with an ideal property and location, potential homeowners must make the decision whether to build a new or undertake the task of remodeling an already-existing structure. In the case of this Water’s

Edge Builder’s home, remodeling and addition was certainly the way to go when considering what the original house in this specific situation had to offer. Located in Valle Crucis, this cabin with a yard has a view that is truly perfect from the back deck. Throughout the house, homage has been paid to the original structure with exposed walls • 87

and reclaimed wood and it is evident when walking through the rooms that careful attention has been paid to make this space a truly unique and personal one. Builder Randy Waters notes that when the initial project began, no plans were made for extensive additions or remodeling, only a few simple changes were laid out to be made. However, as the construction progressed, both builder and homeowner alike came up with new 88 •

ideas that fit the house perfectly and added them into the scheme of the production. Now as a completed project, the home is inviting and cozy, greeting all who visit with a stack of firewood out front and irreplaceable sense of family personality. The main focus while redoing the home was to maintain its original feel of an older cabin, and to avoid the look of a brand new, conventional cookie-cutter home. When asked what his favorite aspect of the house is, Waters states, • 89

“the successful marriage of old cabin aesthetics with new construction, finishes, colors, and textures.” The design of the house was produced through a joint effort by Randy Waters, Conerstone Residential Designs of Wilmington, and homeowners Bill and Maxine Hobbs. Working with the homeowners was crucial during this specific project in order to ensure maximum comfort and uniqueness for the family as the cabin is an irreplaceable place to spend quality time and relax in the mountains. When one first enters the home, they pass through the utilitarian mud room with built-in shelving and cubbies, giving each visitor a place to store their outerwear. Into the great room, one begins to see the synchronization of old home and new additions into one complete space. Expanses of the original cabin wall are exposed and the originally outdoor fireplace as been enclosed by the kitchen, creating a huge stone focal point in the spacious and airy room. One of the only pieces of the home resembling a contemporary style, a modernly designed wet bar, has been finished in gray tones with sleek lines and hardware. The vaulted ceilings are lined with massive wooden beams done in a contrasting finish from the rough-sewn shiplap pine plank that covers most of the interior of the home. Each material that was utilized throughout the rooms was carefully selected and placed to maintain the overall look and feel of an established cabin residence. The great room and den is a perfect example of a place for the family to be together and unwind. A considerable chandelier finds a home in the space left by the room’s lofty ceilings, and it features silhouettes of nature and the forest around its edges. Two characterizing facets of the home can be seen on either side of the fireplace in this open den, a stained glass window and a ship porthole looking into the kitchen. Small additions such as these were added by the homeowners to instill a distinctive sense of personality into the home that can only be facilitated by custom building. The kitchen, an entirely new extension to the home, features an expansive island complete with an eating bar, finished in a warm, inviting red. Granite countertops and an array of light fixtures give this space all the characteristics of a professional and luxurious cooking area while preserving the idea of constantly being at home. Every one of the 3.5 bathrooms in the home have been completely redone and display features such as heated floors, tiled steam showers, pedestal sinks, and glass block windows to allow light and privacy at the same time. Additionally, a new laundry room along with tall windows in the great room was added on the first floor to provide extra convenience and unparalleled views of the vista out the back door. Track lighting installed throughout the home

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gives each room an inviting glow and avoids the clutter of too many larger lamps and fixtures. In the upstairs bedrooms, the old roofline of the original home is visible, giving guests a peek into what the house looked like in its earliest years and reminding visitors of its history on this property. Considering all additions, changes, and remodels, the home took around seven months to complete. Waters admits that the most challenging aspect of this type of construction is planning and working around the structural requirements needed for creating openings in a pre-existing log building. Blending in a rustic cabin atmosphere with new construction takes a lot of preparation and consideration as to structural integrity of an original building and how it will mesh with a new idea. While the extensive interior renovations were carefully

crafted, the exterior of the cabin was by no means overlooked. The outside walls received a Waters Edge custom cedar shake finish, which is substantially more unique and striking than store-bought lumber found on a variety of similar mountain-style homes. Not a single detail was left out when it comes to the back deck and recreation area. Retaining walls were used out front of the home to expand the parking area and make the cabin more accessible for frequent guests. Stacked rock frames a propane fire pit next to a Jacuzzi that looks out over the view, making this space an ideal spot for entertaining and relaxing. Recycled lumber was used throughout the exterior structures to continue the cabins seamless blend from old to new. Rain chains and gutter boxes made of cedar shingles provide a much more charming alternative to standard metal gutters that are often an eyesore on such

a cozy and welcoming home. A neat yard lined with a low stacked rock wall provides ample space for outdoor activities, and a garden shed, complete with electricity and new with the additions, offers extra outside storage. Waters, who has been building in the High Country since 2007, shares his insight on this type of remodel construction: “A lot of older out-dated properties sit on premium lots in premium locations. Waters Edge Builders specializes in renovating these older properties which is often more challenging than building new. The Hobbs, “Bees Knees” home in Valle Crucis is a prime example of creating a showplace from an old worn-out cabin.” • 91

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When Home is No Longer An Option written by Judi Beck, M.A

ecisions. They do seem to become more arduous with age. Perhaps we know so much more or have so much more life experience that we fear falling into one of the holes into which we’ve unwittingly plummeted before. Or perhaps we become more attached to the way things are now. But few decisions are more heart-rending or require more soul-searching than the one that arises when home is no longer navigable or secure. On one end of the continuum, I know able-bodied people who built a single-level house, while still in their thirties – complete with handicap access - for when they eventually get infirm. Conversely, I know financially-able people who continued to live in completely inhospitable and outright dangerous surroundings and eventually had to be moved against their will because they couldn’t bear to leave the home they’d nurtured and loved for years. For those who do make proactive decisions, I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I’ve tended to “poo-poo” able-bodied people who decide to move to “more appropriate housing” for when they “get old and can’t navigate stairs.”

facility and moved. That was five years ago. From my own limited experience, sans the infirmities of age, I feared she might shrivel up and die without her daily nature fix beneath the palms and her active life with other seniors – most of whom were several years her junior. But five years hence, as I observe her, I recognize the wisdom of her decision. She moved before anyone else had to make the decision for her. She has embraced the lifestyle of her new environment: volunteering at the Treasure Chest – where residents donate items for resale, serving on committees, playing cards, participating in spiritual and recreational activities and still walking each morning. As I walk with her from place to place around her sprawling complex, I feel so proud that at 93 years young, she calls everyone by name – staff and residents alike.

While my eldest sister lives nearby and drives her to shopping, appointments and church; Mom also makes use of the complementary van-service when necessary. She has bloomed where she planted herself and is reaping a satisfactory harvest. Her primary needs for shelter, friendship, creative stimulation and most importantly, security are amply met because she made a difficult decision five years ago. She’s content, despite my naïve fears for her happiness and wellbeing. Shows what I know. -My friend and mentor, Farris

“I find that the older we get, the harder it is to make decisions and the more judgmental we become.”

“Give me a break – are you planning on being infirm? Don’t you know about self-fulfilling prophesies?” I admit this line of thinking with a degree of shame because it is indeed a value judgment based on limited experience – my own. And I actively avoid judgmental people! So some selfloathing and shame is unfortunately embedded in these words. Further, I discouraged my own mother as my eldest sister hounded her to move from her tropical little nest in Florida to a more secure “independent living” community in Michigan. Come on! At 85, my mom was still walking 2 miles every morning at sunrise and riding her bike to her friends’ houses for bridge games! Why would she want to move to a concrete jungle in snowy Michigan? Or so my thinking went… Mom not-so-firmly resisted my sister’s suggestions for a few years until one day – at age 88, she decided it was time. One too many maintenance projects on her home and a couple falls had left her feeling vulnerable. She put her house on the market, signed the contract with the senior 106 •

Once again, I’m reminded that we can seldom presume what is right or good for another – only for ourselves. If you see me on the street, please remind me of this as my husband and I navigate another chapter in the handbook of aging. For another story is playing itself out on the other side of our little family – only with very different rising and falling action.

My in-laws lived in a lovely, older two-story home with a finished basement - until this winter. It has a center staircase with bedrooms and baths up, recreation room down and living on the main level. Two steps also lead to a lovely sunroom on one end and a greenhouse on the other. When they moved in 35 years ago, they added a tiny closet-sized powder room under the stairs. Steps lead to every exterior entry. The garage is detached. • 107

Final Thoughts When my mother-in-law suffered a stroke 4 years ago – from which she was partially paralyzed - a ramp was built to the rear entry. Until she regained strength, she remained in the TV room in a hospital bed and tended to her personal needs in the tiny powder room. Gradually, as some of her strength returned, she and my father-in-law began to make the perilous journey up and down the steep staircase each morning and evening. The inevitable fall eventually occurred, spurring a series of hospital and nursing home stays. As heart-wrenching as this was, we hoped it would prompt them - finally - to make a move to more appropriate housing. Rather, when they returned to “normal,” they added a lift to the staircase. Over this four-year period, my husband and I morphed into my older sister – whose machinations I resisted when she was exerting the same pressure on my able-bodied Mom. In every way we could think of, we encouraged them to move to more navigable space. Despite our frustrations at being ignored, one still had to admire this larger-than-life man wheeling his precious wife to daily lunches at their favorite restaurants and weekend dinners at their club. All the while, my father-in-law – a selfless caregiver - became more and more frail, his infirmities occurring closer and closer together. A pattern developed. When he had to go into the hospital, she would move temporarily into nursing care. If he required subsequent nursing care, they would simply move into the same room together until they could return home – together. Several months ago he lost the strength to care for his beautiful wife of 65 years. She remained in assisted living without him – fortunately just three blocks from their precious home of 35 years. So he visited several times a day. Still, this devastating turn of events plunged her into a deep depression – the repercussions of which still reverberate through the family today. A child of the Great Depression, the poor woman simply could not detach from the home they had so lovingly restored and defended since her debilitating stroke. Sadly, his loss of strength was due to an aggressive illness that took his life in December. Upon his death, her only wish was to return to the home she cherishes to live out her life. Unfortunately, without a prohibitively expensive home addition and fulltime care – the role that her husband so lovingly filled - this option was not a possibility for her. No bonded caregiver would agree to provide care with the home’s current floor plan – it’s far too hazardous. Yet, she keeps the house – even though it’s empty and she remains in assisted living – so she doesn’t consider herself “homeless.” Still, her sense of 108 •

self is devastatingly diminished and she staunchly refuses to participate in communal meals or any activities outside of her solitary space. The whole family mourns. Her situation would be starkly different and immeasurably enriched today, had she and her husband made some difficult choices and relocated early on in her illness. And her fondest wish for “home” may well have remained intact indefinitely. Home – the American dream or the American nightmare? Here in the west, the essentiality of home ownership has been bored into our psyches for decades, if not centuries. But where is home, really? It’s different for everyone, I suppose. For some, it’s a fluid concept; for others it’s a stationary structure or a dot on the map. But the moral of this message, I believe, revolves around the themes of attachment vs. detachment – or the Buddhist notion of surrender. Would we rather be attached to a thing like a structure, a community, a lifestyle or the people we love? What are we willing to surrender in order to be safe and secure? What are we willing to risk to maintain the status quo? And do we care about how our decisions affect the well-being of those who care about – and eventually for us? My husband and I have learned so much. We see the relative ease with which one parent – who made some tough choices about her housing and lifestyle – gracefully navigates the final chapter of her life. And, conversely, we see the heart-wrenching desolation of another parent who chose to hold onto the past and now can’t endure the thought of a future. I reflect… My husband’s and my definition of home is fluid – we’re essentially “home” wherever we land. We also favor an independent and active lifestyle amidst natural surroundings and close to recreation. And we don’t have children to burden with our bad choices – only each other. So before this experience, we might have eventually made choices somewhere in the middle of the continuum – appropriate housing / inappropriate environment, for instance. But as a result of our observations and experiences of the past few years, we now recognize the absolute necessity of flexibility and the devastating rubble of rigidity. Down the road – as we age - we may choose to endure obnoxious streetlights, paved parking lots or - Godforbid - the inability to sunbathe al fresco on our deck... Of course - at that point - I suppose we’d be doing everyone a favor. Copyright, Judi Beck 2011, Boone, NC


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