Waterfront Living #6 – A Modern Retreat with a GOTHIC TOUCH


Written By: Ashley Griffin

Its shoreline stretches for 62 miles and encompasses both the Lake Burton Fish Hatchery and Moccasin Creek State Park on its western side. In the forest surrounding the lake, wildflowers, vines, herbs, and lush green trees are in full bloom and have granted the area the nickname of the “vegetation cradle” of Eastern North America. Also thriving in the forests are the white-tailed deer, fox, raccoon, bobcat, and black bear that call them home; in the lake, several species of fish – including bass, trout, catfish, and perch – might watch as Canadian geese, wood ducks, and herons soar above them.

Such rich natural beauty and wildlife are an obvious draw for both Lake Burton’s permanent residents and the vacationers who retreat to its shoreline homes for rest and relaxation throughout the year. But not all these homes are as rustic as the surrounding land; homes like this 4,056-square-foot cabin are modern in both style and amenities.

And indeed that is precisely the look the homeowners and the builders at Blue Ridge Cedar Homes imagined when they were designing this eye-catching vacation home.

Since 1993, Blue Ridge Cedar Homes, an independent distributor of Lindal Cedar Homes, has been helping clients bring their dream homes to life. This home stays true to the company’s signature style, one that incorporates detailed craftsmanship and signature post-and-beam designs throughout the home but also offers a departure from the norm.

Small, unified touches such as the wrought iron elements define the space, but not so much as the large prow wall of glass that frames the main living area and gives way to views of the expansive lake outside. When combined with the home’s open, airy feel, these soaring windows manage to bring the beauty of the great outdoors inside.

The builders highlighted the home’s proximity to the lake in two separate winds of the house, and again outside on an elegant two-level deck. The deck is one of the home’s most striking features because it represents a shift away fromĀ  traditional deck materials like wood.

Back inside, the design and decor of this modern cabin proves that classy and comfortable can go hand in hand. To create a homey ambience, the builders used cedar for the ceiling and natural stone throughout the space. The stately stone fireplace in the main room provides a gathering space for the homeowners and their guests; a buttery soft couch sits atop sleek wood flooring and gives the home a lived-in feeling while maintaining a modern aesthetic.

Other rooms in the home continue to marry comfort with function. The kitchen adheres to a conventional look with black granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood flooring, and fine wood cabinetry. An open layout makes it user-friendly for any home chef, while soaring ceilings and windows high and low provide plentiful natural light to warm the space.

High, vaulted ceilings also make for a sunny space in the main suite’s bath. Unlike the kitchen, however, the builders lent the master bath a wow factor with spa-like touches. To aid in relaxation, they incorporated a walk-in shower and Jacuzzi tub. Wrought iron touches spring up again in the chandelier to give the room great character.

And indeed the entire home has a rich character without straying from its function to create a space for nature appreciation as much as for indoor relaxation. After all, the natural beauty of wildlife found here are the area’s real draw.