House Tour: Mountain Re-Shack

Rather than tear down a derelict mountain shack, the owner solicited the help of North Carolina architect Chad Everhart to re-imagine it for modern-day living.

  1. The Mountain Shack

    The Mountain Shack

    The original building, shown here, was a Depression-era home sited in a 10-acre cow pasture 25 minutes west of Boone in the Blue Ridge Mountains, most likely built for a farm hand working on larger fields down the road. The home had been abandoned for decades before North Carolina architect Chad Everhart's client hired him for its re-design.

    Chad Everhart

  2. The Re-Shack Envisioned

    The Re-Shack Envisioned

    The architect called for enclosing the original structure in bands of hemlock painted bright white, to celebrate its abandonment, and make it architecturally interesting. He also added a new roof and gutters, and salvaged the stone foundation and chimney.

     Chad Everhart

  3. Floor Plan

    Floor Plan

    Everhart reorganized the floor plan on two levels, creating a loft out of two tiny bedrooms above, and a living room, kitchen, dining area, bath and laundry below. Originally 1,000 square feet, the home was reduced to 850 square feet, though the porch was expanded and a deck added.

     Chad Everhart

  4. Exterior Elements

    Exterior Elements

    Everhart was drawn to the home’s unusual fieldstone foundation and chimney, which lack clean grout lines or cut stone. The hemlock skeleton, bridges the divide between old and new and provides a striking visual in the rural North Carolina countryside.

     David Shatzman

  5. Great Room

    Great Room

    The fireplace in the living room was replaced with a propane gas stove that vents up through the original chimney, and heats the entire house. By reconfiguring the second floor into an open loft area, the space is made light, airy and expansive.  

    Photo: &a

  6. Interior Details

    Interior Details

    The horizontal hemlock slat-siding detail is repeated inside, painted bright white in contrast to gray-painted drywall and exposed ceiling joists.  The exposed structural elements are a common design theme inside and out.  

    David Shatzman

  7. Bathroom


    The bathroom—adjacent to the kitchen and main living areas—reflects the home's now modern aesthetic.  Different-sized wall tiles and sleek fixtures add visual interest to the minimalist design, while a wall-mounted towel warmer brings creature comforts into play.

     David Shatzman

  8. The Porch

    The Porch

    The porch, expanded from its original foot print, uses the hemlock slats to create a side wall complete with mock window. A rear deck was added to provide additional outdoor living space.

     Chad Everhart

  9. Re-Imagined for Living

    Re-Imagined for Living

    The re-imagined home now comes with its own narrative to tell.  “It’s a story of how the past and the present merge together to show how something abandoned was reclaimed, reworked, re-clad and re-inhabited,” says Everhart.

    David Shatzman

  10. For More...

    For More...

    For more on the Mountain Re-Shack, click here. For other house tours, consider:

    New Look (and Life) for a 1950s Cape

    A Green Dream Townhouse

    An 18th-Century Stone Farmhouse Reborn

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