An Unusual Request in Creating The Best
A Majestic beauty like this only comes into being when extraordinary skills and die hard passion are employed. Home designer, Allen Halcomb certainly earned his fee here while combining a sophisticated version of the log house rustic style, with an elegant color scheme to boot.
As an internationally acclaimed home designer, Allen Halcomb is certainly no stranger to unusual requests from his clients. But when Allen received a call from North Carolina property developer John Turchin, the directive was one for the record books. “John asked me to create a style of architecture that didn’t exist yet,” recalls Allen with a laugh. The unconventional idea didn’t faze Allen and his team in the least—they had plenty of experience with distinctive log, timber and hybrid structures, both in the U.S. and abroad. “We are the authors of some of the most popular styles of log-and-timber architecture,” shares Allen. When Allen met with the future homeowners, they had one priority for their custom home: to capture the setting’s breathtaking panoramic views, which include the Blue Ridge Escarpment to the east, and the majestic Smoky Mountains to the west. Siting the home just right on the lot was key. The home’s distinctive wood package features gorgeous lodgepole pine logs with a 12-inch diameter. Outside, angled logs rest on tapered piers of stacked stone to support a dramatically sloped roof. The exterior showcases a combination of board-and-batten siding, and poplar bark. “This helps dress the architecture down, making it look like the home came out of the earth,” says Allen. To continue the “one with nature” theme, Allen designed the home to have 8-foot overhangs that do much more than simply manage the heavy snow loads each winter.
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