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Carlton Architecture clads North Carolina home in dark cedar and weathering steel

US studio Carlton Architecture has completed a lakeside house in North Carolina that features expansive window walls, and ample use of wood and pre-rusted steel (+ slideshow).

Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture

Located in the western portion of the state, the Piedmont Residence sits in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and overlooks a lake.

Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture

The holiday home was designed to address "the clients' desire to be deeply connected to the land in a clean, modern and simple work of architecture," said Carlton Architecture, a design-build firm based in Asheville, North Carolina.

Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture

Stretched across a wooded site, the two-storey dwelling is clad in weathering steel panels and dark-stained cedar, similar to another property in the state. Soffits are sheathed in cypress with a clear finish.

Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture

A long walkway leads to a front door made of rift-sawn white oak. Projecting out from the roof is a wooden canopy that shades the entrance area.

The ground level is divided into three volumes — a great room, a master suite and a guest suite — all of which offer sweeping views of the scenic terrain.

Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture

"Large window walls provide a sense of openness and transparency, visually uniting the home with its environment," the architect said.

Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture

The central volume houses an open-plan living room, dining area and kitchen, which overlook an expansive terrace shaded by a deep roof eave.

Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture

Defining elements inside the home are exposed beams and columns made of pre-rusted steel – a material that also was used to fabricate furniture and a fireplace mantel.

Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture

The steel serves as a visual counterpoint to warm-coloured woods that were used for wall panels, cabinetry and flooring. A glazed corridor connects the central volume to the master suite.

Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture

With floor-to-ceiling glass, the bedroom and bathroom are afforded views of an adjacent lap pool and the surrounding forest.

Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture

On the other side of the residence is the guest wing, where the architect placed sleeping quarters, a laundry room and a small library. Lining one wall of the bedroom is a long, wooden desk.

Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture

The basement level, which is accessed via a wooden stair, contains a garage and storage area.

Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture

Other American homes include a Mississippi residence clad in slate shingles and a "modern barn" in the Hamptons with facades made of red cedar planks.

Photography is by David Dietrich.


Project credits:

Architects: Carlton Architecture
Builder: Carlton DesignBuild
Structural Engineer: Rod Hudgins
Landscape Architect: LaQuatra Bonci Associates

Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture
Site plan – click for larger image
Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture
Basement level plan – click for larger image
Piedmont Residence by Carlton Architecture
Ground level plan – click for larger image