Mountain Masterpiece

A North Carolina couple finally gets to build and design a home of their own.

Among the joys of being a custom-home builder married to an interior designer is sharing projects that create happy lives for others.

Arial view of the Barber home

So when Bill and Melinda Barber teamed up with the designers at MossCreek on yet another project, it wasn’t surprising that the result was a spectacular home. This time, however, it was very personal as the 11,000-square-foot home in the Pinchot development of Cashiers, North Carolina, was their own.

When the Barbers began working with Allen Halcomb of MossCreek, they indicated a desire to hearken back to the early 20th century when the leisure class began building retreats along the slopes of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain ranges. These extraordinary abodes featured a marriage of formal styling with indigenous rustic materials. The style spread all along the Appalachian chain, in what Bill refers to as the perfect match of masculine and feminine interests.

A cozy sitting area with private hearth

“In our home, the men can congregate in the media room and watch sports, while the women are just a few steps away in a very comfortable but quiet conversational area in front of the fireplace,” Melinda says. The Barbers built their home to meet all their needs, which meant an isolated aerie where they can rest in solitude, all the way to an ample getaway for family and friends, and site for entertaining. With exceptional attention to detail, the couple has created a masterpiece.   More about this home ran in the magazine, including:
  • Floor plans
  • A look at what "traditional mountain style" means
  • The five-workstation kitchen
  • Early design sketches