Yadkin Valley Repose
General Contractor: Dan Huffman & Associates
Concrete Panel Supplier: Anthony Concrete Design
Photos: Marilyn Peryer
Aerial Photos: Shelby Brown, Lighthouse Visuals
This private vineyard home perches high above a bend in the Yadkin River on 150 acres in the North Carolina foothills. The driveway winds past rows of Petite Sirah, Vidal Blanc and Tempranillo grapes before revealing the house in a clearing at the top of the rise. Designed mostly on one level and clad in warm cypress wood, the house sits quietly on the land, blending with its natural surroundings. The attached carport frames a view of Pilot Mountain to the east.
Oriented on an east-west axis, the house harnesses the benefits of southern exposure, both for interior daylighting and for the rooftop photovoltaic panels. A system of solar panels, transformers, and batteries powers the entire “off the grid” house.
The living room, dining and kitchen areas enjoy both northern and southern light and views. An elegant fireplace anchors the home’s open plan. The homeowners, contractor and design team worked together to create this special feature. Custom pre-cast concrete panels wrap the fireplace wall which includes a floating hearth and steel-lined firewood box.
The 3,000 square foot house also incorporates three bedrooms and three baths, along with support spaces such as a mud/laundry room and a large mechanical room, command central for the solar energy system.
Outdoor spaces are as important as the interior spaces. Skylights illuminate a screened central atrium with its own fireplace. The carport and the roof of the south porch provide shelter and shading while punched light wells offer strategic sunlight and drama. A second level “perch” bedroom serves as an office and claims its own private south facing balcony. The primary suite includes a sleeping porch with spectacular views of the Appalachian range to the west.
As the homeowners nurture their developing vineyard, they have additional plans for the property. We are looking forward to phase two which will include an art studio and a barrel cellar.