Living Green in Western NC


The owners postponed construction of their main house during the recession, but they found their small guest cabin’s versatile plan extremely livable. The versatile central solar porch has removable panels — screens for the summer and Plexiglas for cooler weather — that enable the residents to enjoy the space during more of the year. Rollout awnings create extra shade, making the porch an inviting living and sleeping space in summer. Heat vented from the adjacent kitchen’s wood stove keeps it comfortable when it’s cold outside. Both living wings feature radiant floor heating. Kitchen storage/seating alcoves double as overflow sleeping areas. A pavilion with a fire pit provides another gathering space closer to the lake.

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