Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUN 2014

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32 LC DBM The designated space was a covered area with a large concrete patio underneath the cottage. It had amazing views of the lake but was only being used for storage and to harbor a Ping-Pong table and a single picnic table. The owners' wish list included an area to grill, and seating and dining areas big enough for family or dinner parties but still able to main- tain an intimate feel, perfect for two. To put this plan in action, they commis- sioned Vic Knight of Knight Strategies, a design/build firm based in this small resort community, which lies 25 miles southeast of Asheville, N.C. As he strategized with his new clients, Knight realized that some of their ideas could make for a challenging design and construction process. Going with the Flow The first challenge was that the owners wanted their new area to encompass flowing forms with as little straight lines as possible. p o n t a k i n g u p p e r m a n e n t r e s i d e n c e a t a l a k e f r o n t p r o p e r t y t h a t h a d b e e n a f a m i l y v a c a t i o n s p o t s i n c e t h e 1 9 5 0 s , a c o u p l e d e c i d e d t h a t a n u n d e r - u s e d g u e s t c o t t a g e p r o v i d e d a n e x c e l l e n t s t a r t i n g p o i n t f o r w h a t w o u l d b e c o m e a f u l l - f e a t u r e d o u t d o o r e n t e r t a i n m e n t a r e a t h a t w i l l a d d m u c h e n j o y m e n t t o t h e i r r e t i r e m e n t y e a r s i n t h e b e a u t i f u l B l u e R i d g e M o u n t a i n s . Above: Knight Strategies designed this outdoor living space situated below a guest cottage on the shores of Lake Lure in North Carolina, and installed most of the elements. This included the pergola made from pressure-treated Southern pine, and finished with Cabot's Australian Timber Oil in a natural tone. The pergola is supported by mortared stone columns that were veneered with sea mist stone to match the existing stone foundation from the 1950s. Terraced, curving, dry-stacked, Tennessee fieldstone walls were used to soften the strong linear elements of the outdoor patio, which is trimmed in cedar. The 100-foot-long wall creates a raised bed that is filled with gardenias, perennials and annuals. Twenty-seven-watt Hadco wall washes provide the landscape lighting. On the patio, the bar (left) has a sea mist stone veneered front and a curved, granite countertop custom cut by Mountain Marble & Granite in Asheville. The main residence is seen in the background. Lure The of Outdoor Living By Knight Strategies Photography by Amy Horne A North Carolina Waterfront Renovation Takes Full Advantage of Lake Lureƕs Enchantment. 032-035.indd 32 5/23/14 4:37 PM

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