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2017 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 6,001 - 8,000 sq. ft.


Whiteside Residence


Highlands, North Carolina

Architect/Designer | Mountainworks Design

Builder | The Berry Group

Landscape Architect/Designer | Alex Smith Garden Design

Interior Designer | Jackye Lanham

Photographer | Rebecca Lethe

The home is designed to maximize views along the Whiteside mountain ridge, and a linear floorplan ensures breath-taking views from almost every room. The ridge-top location is exposed to many severe storms and requires a wind speed design of 120 mph along with creative hidden details to protect it from driving rain. Exterior materials of stone, cedar shingles and slate were selected for their timeless beauty and long-term longevity. Antique materials such as hand-hewn timbers, antique, heart-pine floors, and river-recovered cypress were utilized to give the home a sense of age and permanence.

From the Judges
For a mountain house, very well sited; driveway is well done; outdoor room is great; contextual; nice use of materials.

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