Text by Bethany Adams
Ten years after a visit to Cashiers, North Carolina, Lynn and Ed Cassady decided it was time to have their own place in the mountains. They spent three summers touring various North Carolina and Georgia communities but kept coming back to one problem.
“We kept comparing everything to Cashiers,” Lynn says. “And we finally said, ‘Well, instead of comparing all of these to Cashiers, why don’t we go to Cashiers?’” They landed in the High Hampton community, where they purchased a lot that gave them both stunning mountain views and access to nearby amenities.
The next step was to plan their dream vacation cabin, and for that, they turned to Jim Robinson of Design South Builders. “We absolutely wanted to capture the view,” Lynn says of their plans for the space, pointing out the home’s proximity to Rock Mountain and Chimney Top, two of Cashiers’s most recognizable landmarks.
To accomplish that, they centered the house on Rock Mountain and included plenty of carefully placed windows. “You can see the mountains in the background, regardless of which window you’re looking at,” says Jim.
And with the surroundings playing such a crucial part in the experience, it was important to create an interior that reflected the character of the mountains. Toward that end, Jim incorporated materials like antique hand-hewn barn beams and reclaimed oak flooring throughout the main level. “Everything about this house is very authentic,” he says.
The more rustic elements are balanced by the clean, uncluttered atmosphere that Lynn wanted to create in the design. “The backdrop is all cream and white, all the shiplap and all the casing, and that keeps it really light,” Lynn says, noting rich browns throughout the design that pull in the warmth of the mountains outside.
With three children in high school and college and plenty of out-of-town friends and family, the Cassadys wanted the home to have plenty of room, as well as space for gathering, which led to a layout that centered on the great room. “The loft has a great relationship to it looking down, and the kitchen and dining room certainly have a wonderful relationship and closeness to it,” says Jim, describing the space as a “hub.”
Located on the main floor away from the upstairs bedrooms, the master bedroom was created to give Lynn and Ed privacy—along with a stunning view. The tray ceiling and walls covered in white shiplap glow with a serene light, making the room the perfect place to curl up under a pile of cozy linens and watch the mist in the valley.
But it’s the screened porch, where a swing bed waits next to a warm fire, that really seems to bring people together. “That is by far everyone’s favorite [place],” Lynn says. “We spend 90 percent of our time out there.” Whether it’s watching the sun rise in the early morning with a cup of coffee or gathering around the fire in the evening, the family love coming together and enjoying the mountain view.
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