Portfolio: Loft Mountain

« Go Back        Designed by: Smith & Robertson | 2009 | Boonesville, VA

Perched on a steep hillside and backing up to Loft Mountain in northwest Albemarle County, this post & beam home blends rustic and contemporary elements to create an artistic expression of the owners’ personalities.

The artist/writer and nuclear physicist owners worked closely with Smith & Robertson to carefully select every detail and finish, paying particular attention to eco-friendly elements. The rock fireplace in the living room is built from stone hand-picked from the site. With a geothermal HVAC system, and SIPs panel walls and ceilings in the Timberpeg portion, this home meets the energy efficiency requirements of the National Green Building Standard. In addition, the kitchen counter tops were made in Virginia from concrete using fly ash and aggregate from the New River which runs through southwest Virginia.

The artist is active in her Timberpeg loft studio, working primarily in watercolors. Her recent exhibition at the Touchstone Gallery in Washington DC is entitled "Hidden Things Revealed", reviewed here. We are in awe of our artist clients!

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Testimonial: Andy & Pat

Home building is a science, but it is also an art. The Smith & Robertson folks are artists.

What is amazing about Smith & Robertson is that they start with the same elements for each house—foundation, roof, walls, maybe a Timberpeg package—and finish with a home that is unique and perfectly suited to its owners. Home building is a science, but it is also an art. The Smith & Robertson folks are artists.

We love the fireplace in our great room. All the stone came from our property, and the black walnut mantle came from a tree lost to site preparation. When some people said we couldn’t use native materials, Smith & Robertson and Cameron Thomas found a way to make it work. We couldn’t be happier with the results.

With all the energy efficient construction techniques used in our home, we expected it to be very comfortable, and it is. Having chosen a geothermal heat pump, we expected utility bills to be less than in our previous home, and they are—typically a little more than $100 per month. What really surprised us, though, is how peaceful and quiet these features make the house. We have to open a window to hear the birds.