The trick is tearing your eyes away from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain views long enough to enjoy this handsome Craftsman cottage, designed by Thomas Lawton Architects.
Black Mountain, North Carolina – a quaint village bout 30 minutes east of Asheville – is the setting for this woodsy home, filled with Arts and Crafts-styled furnishings.
The Architect designed it in two pieces – the main house, and an open carport connected by a trellis-covered elevated walkway. The walkway becomes a deck that wraps around the back of the house, looking out over towards the mountain views.
This back hall, leading to the kitchen and separated from it with a pocket door, has a shoulder-height beadboard wainscot and a few coat hooks – just right for casual mountain living.
The front hall features a leaded-glass transom above the doorway. The screened wall partially visible beyond the bookcase is a classic bungalow detail.
Here’s the view from the other side – the simple screen wall becomes both a bench and a log storage bin. At the right edge of this photo I see a custom wrought-iron railing the mimics branches and vines…I would love to see more photos of it!
There’s a lesson in these photos – when the view is this good, don’t hide it! Painting the walls, ceiling, and trim white focuses attention on the outside.
The mild Black Mountain climate means spending a lot of time outside. Opening the family room to this incredible screened porch takes full advantage of that.
The kitchen gets to share in the views, too. The colors here are authentic Craftsman hues.
The early 20th Century Craftsman theme carries through the whole house, including the master bath.
If you’re every near Asheville, North Carolina, you might put a side trip to Black Mountain on your list. We hear the downtown is pretty special.