Adirondack Living, Georgia Style - A Custom Post and Beam Home
Inspiration for a home like this comes from more than one place. When a family begins to dream of a vacation home there are many factors, some more substantial than others, that will shape their final home. This is the story of how PrecisionCraft used a Georgia family's inspirations to create their perfect log home.
Inspired by: Their Lake-Side Property
The McCarthy's live and work in busy Atlanta, Georgia. When they want to get away and relax, their favorite location is within the mountains on Lake Blue Ridge. Their amazing property overlooks the lake and is nestled within the lush greenscape of the hillside.
"We'll go up on a Friday afternoon to water ski, wakeboard and have cocktails together on the screened-in porch," says McCarthy of him and his spouse. "It's the most phenomenal place to have a drink at the end of the day because there is a cool breeze and it's so close to the water."
Now that the McCarthy family has a mountain retreat, they have been able to devote more time to enjoying the great outdoors. "I didn't know how everyone would adapt to life at the lake, but the whole family really has," says McCarthy. "We spend the whole summer there."
The perfect lake side spot required a custom design. The McCarthy's chose PrecisionCraft and M.T.N Design to help them create the best mountain style design to fit within their property and take advantage of what it offered.
Inspired by: The Rimrock Concept
Their lot was situated on the lake's steep hillside so the McCarthy's needed to find a plan that would fit their needs, style and steep slope. By working with M.T.N Design, they were able to choose the Rimrock as a starting point.
“We liked the general layout and the basic look of the design,” McCarthy says “but we wanted a more Adirondack look and feel, and decided to add a basement."
The original Rimrock concept used log wall construction, but after working with their designer, the couple chose to alter the plan and build with handcrafted post and beam logs instead. By combining these handcrafted logs with rustic barn siding, natural rock and twig railing, the couple was able to get the Adirondack design they were looking for. "Our home is amazing," he says. "If you look at all that log and wood, the one thing that stands out is that it was all done by hand."
"With the steep slope, adding a basement made a lot of sense," said architect Matt Franklin. The basement was able to provide needed space for family time and sleeping quarters.
Inspired by: The Time Spent as a Family
"When we go to the lake, we don't sit and watch Hannah Montana,” quips McCarthy about time spent with his wife and two small children. "Although we had the house completely wired, we don't have a television. We go up and play games, do puzzles, play music and read books. We are either outside playing or spending time being a family."
The basement is a prime location for family time as; in addition to providing bedrooms for the kids and guests, it contains a wide open living space where everyone can hang out. Who could get bored with a foosball table, pinball machine, shuffle board and cozy lounge furniture nestled by a fire?
The main level is also perfect for this active family. "You can easily have two to four people in the reconfigured kitchen, each working at the peninsula and not be tripping over one another," said architect Matt Franklin. The informal dining room is located right off of the kitchen and opens to the main level deck, where the aroma of fresh barbeque is frequently emanating.
The McCarthy's inspirations came together in a truly unique log home in Georgia. Ask how we can design around your inspirations.
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