European-Inspired Mountain Retreat

Takes its design cues from Alpine architecture

Inspired by the beauty of Swiss architecture, this charming stucco home makes the most of its Virginia Allegheny Mountain views.

Project Type:
new construction

Distinguishing Fact:
interior is based on the curved shape of the hillside

Situated on a forested hillside, the entry to this home is located on the short end in order to maximize the breathtaking mountain views along the length of the house. The exterior features stucco walls, a curved copper roof dotted with snow guards, and wood-framed casement windows ... which all lend European flair and character. A separate garage with a studio space above employs the same materials and architectural style, while a low stone wall delineates the property and enhances the old-world charm.

Custom cabinetry, a built-in writing desk, hardwood floors, and a beautiful stone fireplace create a warm and inviting kitchen and dining area. The residence boasts three stone fireplaces in all, with the others located in the living room and master bedroom.

The entire length of the home gently curves along the topography of the hillside, which makes for a thoroughly unique experience. This curvature is most prevalent in the long gallery space off of which the living spaces are created. The sweeping gallery is lined with custom-built bookcases and a long built-in bench.

The living room features two sets of floor-to-ceiling french doors as well as floor-to-ceiling windows, which allow beautiful sunlight to pour into the room. A coffered ceiling lends architectural character and interest to the space.

Traditional Comfort

A newly-constructed home takes design cues from the past