French Broad Crossing, or FBC in Marshall, NC is home to some of the most beautiful mountain views in the southeast. Add to that a winding river gorge cutting through the surrounding peaks and you have a picturesque getaway location. This serene setting was the perfect venue for our feature home, the Modern Riverbend Retreat.

In 2023 this 5,287 sq foot home placed first in its category for Best Home in the Western North Carolina Star Awards presented by the Builders Association of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was also featured on the cover of Carolina Home and Garden Magazine’s winter edition of the same year.

Architect PLATT’s vision for this unassuming yet impressive abode circled around blending in with the surrounding landscape. FBC is known for its commitment to conservation and strives to honor and protect the plant and wildlife that inhabit it. Some of the related architectural finishes include a stone façade, boulder retaining walls, and living roof. This sustainable and low-profile linear roof line strives not to impede the view, but rather embrace it by hugging the mountainside.

Flagstone walkways and patios work alongside natural landscape paths to navigate around the home without interrupting the beauty of the mountain itself. Steel and cable railing as well as metal standing seam roof materials add sophisticated elements to the overall structure and tie in with the black aluminum clad windows.

Inside raw and rustic materials are employed to marry the old and the new in harmonizing aesthetic conjuncture. Blackened steel clads the interior fireplace surround mirroring the black accents on the expansive window walls. Reclaimed hemlock covers the ceiling displaying variegated wood tones in their natural state, while quarter sawn white oak cabinets and wall panels dress the rooms in modern elegance and poise. A concrete countertop on the kitchen island formed by a local artisan offers an industrial element to mirror that of the exposed steel structural beams above.

Stone is also introduced at the stairwell where open treads and horizontal metal railing wind up from the lower level to the third floor above. Wood steps measuring three inches in thickness help to create a striking architectural element that is visible from just outside of the full lite glass main entry door.

On the lower level, stained concrete floors continue the industry-inspired design aesthetic surrounded again by natural stone, blackened steel, and rustic warm wood ceilings. A pool table and entertainment area are on display along with a striking wine room just adjacent to the wet bar, utilized for homeowner and guest enjoyment alike.

It is easy to see why our Modern Riverbend Retreat has gained the attention of the local building community as well as that of homeowners aspiring to design a dream home of their own. Our exceptional team of contractors, designers, and tradespeople find their passion and purpose in the planning and execution of each project as well as helping to find that perfect fit in Western North Carolina.

Author: Jennifer Scott

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