A modern North Carolina home has its foundation in tradition.
Located deep within 30 wooded acres in Winston Salem, North Carolina, sits what appears to be a traditional 19th century farmhouse. But not everything is as it appears. More than just a simple cabin, this 3,900-square-foot home is rich in detail and historical influence. Here, you’ll discover a 1990s home with the ability to transport you somewhere between the past and the present.
A team of talented craftsmen and visionaries were behind this modern household. With a historic Nashville residence for inspiration, architect Quinn N. Pillsworth was the first to step in, adding side porches and an oversized sunroom to the basic plan. The home also features a spacious kitchen, a separate dining room, a master suite with an attached study and two guest rooms in the loft that overlooks the great room. Additional design amenities include a brick porch the width of the home and four fireplaces.
Next, StoneMill Log Homes crafted the log walls using 40-foot western hemlock rectangular logs joined at the corners with half-dovetail notches. Broad bands of chinking, characteristic of older log homes, help draw attention to the rough-hewn logs. Columns of dry-stacked stone provide a foundation for the front porch, giving it a slight “French manor” feel. StoneMill also provided the timber-framed beams supporting the vaulted ceiling and supplying the strength necessary to hold the roof’s heavy concrete shingles.
Old-style porch lanterns and bentwood rockers welcome guests into this comfortable home, and the nostalgia continues inside with the heart pine flooring and the handcrafted iron railings. The refinished wide-plank wood floors were recycled from an old Georgia schoolhouse, and the 200-year-old staircase railing was reclaimed from a salvage yard.
As a focal point to their respective rooms, each of the home’s fireplaces features dry-stacked stone and its mantel conveys the room’s purpose. For example, the dining room’s mantel is quite formal and Colonial in style, whereas the great room’s mantel conveys a casual, yet elegant, atmosphere and the rustic look of the sunroom’s mantel is designed to match the cedar supports.
The way the home is furnished is just as important to the overall decor as the fireplaces. At times, furniture is mismatched to imply that it has been collected over many generations. Interior designer Susan Carson complemented the logs’ natural wood tones with warmth and vibrancy. A palette of red, gold and teal is carried throughout the home, changing shades to alter the mood. The authentic look of this home wouldn’t be complete without the period-inspired door and window hardware, the kitchen’s white farm-style sink and a smattering of family heirlooms.
Meticulous planning and close attention to detail allowed those involved to adhere to conventional building, from stacking the logs and stone to decorating the home without losing sight of their intent: To build a home that is not just a plain log cabin. Combined efforts merge the past and present to create the overall feeling of a home and to produce a traditional, yet sophisticated log home.