When Mike and Linda Farrow were seeking escape from sweltering summers in Memphis, Tennessee, they set their sights east to North Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. When they found the land to build their second house within those hills, they headed north to Michigan’s Town + Country Cedar Homes.
The Farrows found Town + Country at a log home show and hired us and our local distributors to design their luxury timber home. One thing that attracted them to Town + Country was our materials. Eleven loads of precut White Cedar were shipped from Michigan to the mountains and hand-scribed on site before assembly. Then the timber home was built using our post and sill timber construction process, which utilizes foam insulation installed between split log sections attached to vertical posts.
With this building method, homeowners can pair white cedar logs with other materials, including stone and drywall. The Farrows chose to use as many natural materials as possible, taking cues from the rocky bluff on which their home is situated. Outside, eight cultured stone pillars rise 32 feet to support a back deck and porch that hang above the property’s steep, 70 percent incline. Log siding makes its way into the interior of the home, which also features honey-colored trusses, purlins and rafters; tongue-and-groove ceilings; and heart-of-pine floors.
The Farrow home looks as though it’s a part of the mountain — not simply perched atop it at 4,300 feet. Just as nature took centuries to carve out the Blue Ridge Mountains, designing and building the Farrow’s four-level, 4,829-square-foot home took time — approximately two years. They’ll be the first to tell you that it was worth the wait.