AN INSPIRED USE OF MATERIALS
The design of the Delanys’ retreat is unique in that it transitions from stone to wood to glass to screen to open air. Therefore, the perspective changes based on which part of the cabin one is facing.
“Imagine the cabin as a parallelogram,” suggests Georgia. “On the west side, there are stone walls with windows. That side feels more castlelike. The living room and entryway are a bit more open with wood siding and additional windows. On the east side is the screened porch that continues out onto the deck, making that side of the home airy, perforated, and open.’
Georgia says that when designing homes, she draws inspiration from the rural North Carolina vernacular barns, tobacco houses, log cabins.
The stone of the chimney becomes the visual anchor for the whole cabin. The mantel Is simple so as not to distract from the stone, and the hearth Is raised for fireside seating.
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This stairway leads to a small outdoor sleeping loft with a twin bed that sits above the screened porch.
She’s also inspired by the remperare climate, the land’s topography, and the indigenous plant material.
“We used gable metal roofs, wood siding, stone materials, a wraparound porch, and a big screened porch,’ notes Georgia. “These choices are all part of the architectural landscape that fits with the Delanys’ site.’
Thanks to Georgia’s ability to blend various ideas and materials, the owners achieved a unique combination of mountain home, regal castle, cottage in the woods, and coastal playground. “We love die seamless merging of all diese different elements, says Jim.
The cabin offers unparalleled tranquility with the constant flow of the running river.
The back-to-back-fireplaces, one in the living area and one in the screened porch, were constructed from stones found on the ruins of the old mill by the river.
In this compact cabin, the dining area is inside the screened porch, which is located just a short walk across the foyer from the kitchen.