What we're working on right now, "outrageous green" tree bark siding, antique pine floors and counter tops, sixty solar tube collectors on the roof, radiant floor with a weave of heart pine and stone tiles, a vanity made out of a tree trunk! just outrageous is all I can say. (and Beth threw in some articulated steel arch beams to support a natural cooling cupola sheathed in local pine with concealed rope lighting) Creative collaboration at its funnest!

The team on this project, Michael, Scott Terry, Guillermo Vilegas, Mat McDonald, Chris Kerscher, Paul Rockwell, Gabby Garcia, and Beth Williams.

It’s a sea of mud right now but we are collaborating on a landscape plan with Caroline Siverson of Kinetic gardening and by spring this will be magical.

The front door, awaiting log columns and a huge stone Budda to go in the rock garden behind the wall at left which will be flanked by delicate copper rain chains where the temporary gutter pipes are now.

The view back towards the front door, the column rising from the fireplace is a steel post wrapped in a salvaged heart pine 8x8 from Heartwood Pine floors in Pittsboro NC who also supplied all the "Character grade" heart pine floors .

The view back towards the front door, the column rising from the fireplace is a steel post wrapped in a salvaged heart pine 8x8 . The cooling monitor is bound with a boxed beam (at the top of the post) that has a concealed notch which hides ninety feet of rope lighting so the upper cupola glows at night.

The kitchen, a blend of cherry wood and heart pine. The hood surround is antique heart pine as is the island top and legs. the toe kick will be mirrored to reflect the heart pine floors and give the impression of a floating island.

The cabinets are designed around aging in place principles, with the microwave hidden under the island and full wheelchair access under the kitchen sink. There is a special display niche planned for over the fridge for showing off local pottery.

While we had a rustic theme going with the lighting we made an exception to incorporate this sculptural ceiling fan over the breakfast table.

Sixty Apricus tubes on the roof supply heat to the drain-back solar water heater which in turn helps heat the radiant floor, with back up from a Quietside condensing gas water heater.

The view from the screen porch out across the boat landing to the private lake.

The view from the deck across the valley to the swimming pool and pool house. The gutters look like copper but they are actually aluminum with an oil-rubbed bronze finish.

The stone chimney rises from the roof.

The breakfast nook.

The Radiant floor in the front hall and guest wing is covered by a heart pine grid with tumbled travertine marble tile inserts.

Mat's branch vanity project. It's developed a life of its own, great to watch it come together.

Huge heart pine timbers to frame the opening from the entry hall to the living room were crafted by Chris Kerscher who also created the frame and panel work around the front door to give it presence inside and out.

Here Chris and Mat raise the 3x14 salvaged heart pine timber and “persuade it” into the notch cut to receive it.

The articulated steel I-beam created by a collaboration between designer Beth Williams and engineer Rob Munach. in the back is a similar but lighter articulated flitch plate beam hidden in the hip rafters at the bend in the monitor.


  1. Meredith said...
    Hey Michael! Loved the article in today's N & O on the "airplane" house. The website look great, the blog is terrific. We mis seeing you and hope you and Beth can stop by on New years Day
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