News & Events

Mountain Craftsman Architecture of the Carolinas

north carolina mountain homes

You may be familiar with the term “Craftsman home”.  If not, you’ve surely seen plenty of examples if you’ve been exploring mountain property. Distinctive in their honesty and simplicity, they reflected a revolution in American architectural design and could be found being built all over the country between the years 1905 and 1930.

The early Craftsman homes incorporated simple forms and a combination of natural materials such as wood and stone.  Their main features included a low-pitched, gabled roof that was often hipped, with a wide overhang and exposed rafters.  Some had attics and dormers.  There were porches of either full or partial width that had tapered columns or pedestals extending to ground level.  The interiors offered built-in cabinets, nooks, seating, and shelving.

Much later, toward the end of the 20th century, renewed popularity caused these older structures to be restored, and replicas began appearing.  The Craftsman home came to be seen not only as a functional dwelling but also as a work of art, the style of which is instantly recognizable to architecture students, contractors, and aficionados of the Arts and Crafts movement.  Its inspiration was the bungalow – a low-slung, compact structure that first appeared in India.

Many North Carolina mountain homes for sale exhibit features and philosophies consistent with the Craftsman style.  They’re positioned to greet the sun and are sometimes surrounded by a large garden.  Where possible, local materials are used.  Some, such as timber or rock, may even come from the building site.  Native stone surrounds the fireplaces, and various woods can be found being used as accent features both inside and on the exterior.

Quality Craftsmanship at The Coves Mountain River Club

At The Coves Mountain River Club, you can see many examples of these solid, beautiful, and yet classically simple homes.  Their open floor plans are ideal for both displaying eye-catching art pieces and hosting large gatherings.  Efficient use of space is a must.  Arts and Crafts-style light fixtures and stained glass windows often enhance the décor.

Nestled as we are among such natural splendor, our design professionals always take into account the unique features of a property and its views when deciding how and where to build.  And we try wherever possible to create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living.

With the variety of North Carolina mountain homes for sale at The Coves Mountain River Club, we can safely say that we have something that will meet your particular needs, whether it’s a house, a cottage or a cabin.

This is a chance for you to get expert help with bringing your home ideas to life.  Choose from our existing models or let us build to your specifications on one of our beautiful sites.

Mountain Retirement Community

The more you learn about The Coves Mountain River Club, the more you’ll understand why so many choose it as a retirement destination.  The abundance of outdoor activities, the year-round mild weather, the outstanding amenities, the ideal location adjacent to the Johns River, and of course the sheer pristine beauty of the foothills area itself combine to make this the mountain paradise you’ve dreamed of finding.

We invite you to stop by when you’re near Lenoir and let us give you a tour.  You’ll notice how familiar elements of the classic Craftsman style have been creatively combined with the most modern, environmentally-efficient construction features to create living spaces that are both wonderfully practical and aesthetically pleasing.

And, as the day draws to an end, you’ll want to be on the upper deck of our Pisgah Mountain Lodge with a glass of wine in hand.  Take a deep breath of fresh air and watch the sunset slowly over the mountains.

That’s when you’ll really start to feel like this could be – should be – your home.

Call us at 828-754-0700 to schedule your visit!

Posted in ,

Exploring the area for the first time?

Let us know & ask for our 70 page Complimentary Magazine.

The Coves Mountain River Club magazine