Story by Donna Peak | Photography by Tom Harper
Outside, this home is the picture of mountain cabin charm, with its steeply pitched roofline, square dovetailed logs, cedar-shake accents and deep porte cochere. But inside it’s the epitome of modern rustic elegance.
Scott and Regan Holroyd lead hectic lives. As vice presidents of their respective companies (him in commercial construction; her in human resources), and the commute from their primary home in Marietta, Georgia, to their offices in Atlanta, the work week can really wear them down.
The Holroyds splurged on many custom-crafted fixtures (like the lighting) for their home, but they kept the kitchen
budget in check by using high-quality prefab cabinetry. The wide distance from the island to the sink is what designer Michael Grant calls “a two-butt kitchen.” With a span of 5 feet between them, there’s room for several cooks to maneuver.
From this bird’s-eye view you can take in the entire main living area
, as well as the couple’s favorite “room” — the porch and outdoor fireplace — at once. The loft serves as a craft room for the kids, and the kitchen/dining combo makes good use of the small space. Five species of wood, including hemlock and white pine, were used, as were custom-blended stains. “Every species takes stain differently, so we’d test each color on every type of wood before we decided on it,” says Regan. Designer Cynthia Fisher was instrumental in choosing everything from materials to furnishings.
The home’s modern influences are most evident in the living room. The stain’s gray undertones complement the stonework and are a stark contrast to the more common honey-toned choice. A floating staircase was one of Regan’s “must-haves,” and the treads pull in the deep chocolate brown of the hardwood floor
. In the center of it all is a hemlock post, which was one of Scott’s requirements. “Michael Grant and the Modern Rustic Homes team did a great job of listening to what we wanted and guiding us through the process,” Regan says. “They made our dream come true.”
From this view, you can really see that the kitchen is small but designed for ultimate function. The wine storage nook next to the refrigerator is built into the chase that houses ductwork, plumbing and electrical wires. When designer Michael Grant realized this chase also would create a nook on the opposite site, he again looked to maximize functionality by creating an attractive storage system to keep coats and shoes contained, along with built in shelves for family mementos, books and photos.
They wanted a place so they could unplug and unwind. And they got just that in their rustic-yet-modern log cabin retreat, located in the Blue Ridge mountains just 52 miles from their home. “It’s only an hour from driveway to driveway,” says Regan. “If we were going to make the investment, we wanted a place that we could get to quickly so we would use it often.” And they do. The couple, along with their 11-year-old daughter Jordan and a bevy of family and friends, make the short trek to the mountains three weekends out of four.
“It’s only an hour from driveway to driveway,” says Regan. “If we were going to make the investment, we wanted a place that we could get to quickly so we would use it often.” And they do. The couple, along with their 11-year-old daughter Jordan and a bevy of family and friends, make the short trek to the mountains three weekends out of four.
And they do. The couple, along with their 11-year-old daughter Jordan and a bevy of family and friends, make the short trek to the mountains three weekends out of four.
To maximize living space, Regan and Scott decided against a formal dining space, and instead opted for this cozy dining nook. In a stroke of genius, designer Michael Grant bumped the wall and windows out approximately 3 feet so that the table could be recessed and diners could have some more elbow room. A banquette is positioned against the wall while soft upholstered armchairs flank the ends. Additional seating can always be added on the open side, when the need arises.
In the spacious kids’ crafting loft
, you can really see how the home’s five wood species and the variety of stain choices come together in perfect harmony.
[caption id="attachment_78881" align="aligncenter" width="800"] To maximize their gathering space while staying within their small footprint, Regan and Scott shaved square footage off of the bedrooms, including the master. “All we do is sleep there, anyway,” explains Regan.
With its clawfoot tub and crystal chandelier, the master bath is distinctly feminine. The flooring is porcelain tile that mimics slate but is much more durable and nearly maintenance free. The wall behind the tub contains the home’s mechanical runs, like the HVAC system and plumbing. Michael found even more ways to utilize the space by creating recessed built-in shelving to hold toiletries and other bathroom necessities.
When they’re there, it feels like they are a world away. A far cry from their typical suburban spec home in Marietta, this cabin exudes cottage charm outside and sleek modern flair inside.
“We wanted it to feel completely opposite from our weekday home,” shares Scott, “and it absolutely does.”
Square Footage: 1,395 (main level); 707 (second level); 668 (porches) Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 4 Designer/Log Provider: Modern Rustic Homes Builder: Joe Dixon Interior Designer: Cynthia Fisher