Rockwood Lodge, Highlands Township, Macon County, NC; 16,000 s.f.; 2007. Contractor: John Wesley Hammer Construction Company.
The Rockwood Lodge is a single family estate home of approximately 16,000 square feet. The home is situated on the top of a heavily wooded mountain in Highlands, North Carolina. This site provides 360 degrees of incredible unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains. The exterior finish materials consist primarily of native stone and Poplar bark shingles. These materials have been used in this area for 100 years. All fireplaces are true masonry and some interior beam work is from the recycled timbers of a sugar mill. Details such as timber trusses at gable ends and curved soffits can be found through out the home’s exterior. Such attention to detail begins with a collaboration between Architect, Owner and Contractor and is brought to life with the work of skilled craftsmen.
The basic layout of the home consists of a center piece with two adjoining wings. The center portion of the home consists of the main entry with grand staircase to the upper level, great room, kitchen, dining room, catering kitchen, mail room and studies. Connected to this center piece to the North is the master suite wing. To the south of the main portion is the carriage house wing. The carriage house has a main level garage with bedrooms and a recreation room on the upper level and additional garage and storage in a lower level. The recreation room and staircase that connects it to the rest of the home has generous windows that flood the room with light and views. Each bedroom has a unique fireplace design. The interior truss designs are also unique for each bedroom.