The Mountain Laurel 1a

The Mountain Laurel 1a

ur Mountain Laurel series is named for one of the beautiful native flowering shrubs that call the Southern Appalachian mountains home.  Like the plant, our mountain house is right at home in the hills and its style, colors and rustic materials reflect the region and its environs.  The Adirondack style evokes our early American mountain heritage and sits unobtrusively in a wooded setting careful not to disturb the natural beauty that surrounds it.


The Mountain Laurel 1a has all the charm of the Mountain Laurel 1 with some interesting extras that increase its size and features

This 3,146 sq. ft. house opens up to the outside immediately upon entering.  A 19'- 4" x 30' great room with fireplace and dining area face the back for perfect mountain, valley or lake views.  An open kitchen with entertainment island and serving counter allow for easy entertaining and flexible circulation.  High beamed ceilings vault upward and bring the outside in through large glass doors and transoms above.  A covered autumn porch and exterior fireplace open off the great room.  A large stone terrace off the dining room provides extra entertaining and dining area outside. 



Aside from the plan being the reverse of the Mountain Laurel 1, a number of the differences are more evident on the interior of the Mountain Laurel 1a.  The stair tower of the Mountain Laurel 1 has been converted to a cozy study with a high beamed ceiling and clerestory.  A freestanding stair tower in a sunny light well has been added to one end of the great room connecting to an added balcony that runs the full length of the room offering a great view from above.  This creates a great deal of interest both upstairs and down and frees up additional space for the kitchen and great room.  The great room has been extended further to add more space for dining to one end.


The large master bedroom on the main floor has its own fireplace and opens directly to the covered porch.  A perfect spot for early morning coffee, or listening to late night serenading cicadas.  The master bath is a definite surprise with its separate his and hers vanities, tub, large shower, linen shelf, and walk-in closet.  A powder room is discretely tucked off the foyer adjacent to the study (or fourth bedroom for occasional guests) and next to a convenient laundry.  A two car garage can be accessed in any weather under a covered breezeway just off the kitchen. 



A light filled stair tower stair topped with a clerestory above tall, Prairie style windows makes for a fun, light-filled transition.  The connecting balcony connects to the floor above.  Two additional bedrooms spin off a sitting area that brings light in through another overlook to the vaulted great room.  Each bedroom has a private bath and ample storage.  A linen closet on the same floor stores all necessary linen and supplies for guests and family.




Rustic, wavy siding of weathered gray, or heavy, cedar shakes of burnt sienna blend naturally in a wooded setting.  Heavy wooden beams, accents of laurel branch, and native Carolina and Tennessee stone in hues of brown and gray offer scale and contrast that blend naturally with the environment.  Even a sudden shower can be welcomed as the sound of rain on the metal roof of the wrap-around porch takes one back to simpler times. 



We think you will find the Mountain Laurel 1a and its "cousins" in the Mountain Laurel family ideal for mountain living.  One will be perfect for you!



The mountain Laurel 1a now has the option of adding a walk-out basement! We call this plan Maountain Laurel 1b, and it has all the features of The Mountain Laurel 1a with a den with fireplace, two generous bedrooms and two private baths.  Each room has doors that lead directly to an outside, covered terrace allowing for easy access and lots of natural light.


Large, unfinished storage is accessable from inside and from the outside.  Great for storing those lake toys and terrace furniture!  This could easily be converted to a great MEDIA ROOM!



Below are photographs of the Mountain Laurel 1a under construction at the Cliffs at Keowee Falls South, in South Carolina. Here, a modified Mountain Laurel 1a nears completion.  Details such as finished painting and staining, wood rails, stone decks, truss details, standing seam metal roof above the front porch, stone cap above the walls and landscaping will make this house a jewel set against the blue-green waters of Emerald Bay on Lake Keowee.



Plan Details

3 Bedrooms, 3½ Baths

3,145 Sq. Ft.

Three fireplaces

Two car garage

Overall Dimensions 110' -3"x 71'- 4" (including garage)






















































































Ground Floor


Great Room  19'-4"x 30'

Kitchen  13'-10"x 17'

Master Bedroom  15'-8"x19'-4"























Second Floor


Bedroom #2  13'-10"X13'-4"

Bedroom #3  15'-8"x13'-4"

Sitting room  13'-4"x13'-4"




















Mountain Laurel 1b

Total Heated SF 4,557 SF


Walk-out basement addition to the Mountain Laurel 1a adds space for steep lots.


Den  17'x19'-4"

Bedroom #4 12'-6"x16'-6"

Bedroom #5  13'-6"x14'-4"


Unfinished storage

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