Rustic Meets Luxury in This Picturesque Mountain Escape

After laying eyes on this jaw-dropping outdoor space, you'll know exactly why HGTV fans crowned it the winner of this year's Fresh Faces of Design Outdoor Living Spaces category. It just doesn't get any better than this.
Outdoor Living Fit for a King

Outdoor Living Fit for a King

With a priceless view of the Western North Carolina mountains, a summer kitchen outfitted with luxurious appliances and an infinity edge pool to soak up your surroundings, this outdoor living space is sure to impress.

Photo by: Kevin Meechan

Kevin Meechan

Tucked away in the gorgeous hills of North Carolina, you’ll find a grand mountain home with a backyard that is to die for. Thanks to the exceptional vision of architect Amy Conner-Murphy, this stunning rustic home has been equipped with all the best amenities — starting with lush landscaping and striking stone walkways — to highlight the remarkable surroundings.

Back Deck With Mountain View

Back Deck With Mountain View

What a beautiful view to wake up to! The outdoor living space of this home's back deck can't be beat.

Photo by: Meechan Architectural Photography

Meechan Architectural Photography

To ensure guests and the homeowners are making the most of their breathtaking views, Amy’s design incorporates an infinity-edge pool, outdoor wet bar and plenty of seating for even large gatherings. 

Rustic Patio With Wrought Iron Furnishings & Outdoor Bar

Rustic Patio With Wrought Iron Furnishings & Outdoor Bar

Incredible mountain views, an outdoor bar and an infinity edge pool make this rustic patio an ideal place to gather with friends and family.

Photo by: Kevin Meechan

Kevin Meechan

“Other than the original house structure, this area was completely undeveloped property,” explains Amy. “The clients planned to add a guest house on the property, which we designed as well. The outdoor living area, including the summer kitchen and pool, were designed to link the main house and the guest house while still maintaining a sense of privacy for each.”

Rustic Summer Kitchen At Pool's Edge

Rustic Summer Kitchen At Pool's Edge

Nestled between the main house and the guest house lies a fully equipped summer kitchen, waterfall and infinity edge pool. There's no skimping on the views from every angle of the outdoor living space. It's easy to escape at this mountain retreat.

Photo by: Kevin Meechan

Kevin Meechan

But this outdoor space does much more than simply connect the main house with the guest house. With hidden details like the retractable awning (hidden below the arched trellis structure), the space can accommodate all kinds of weather, making it a non-stop party hub. It’s no surprise the hidden awning is one of Amy’s favorite features. “With the push of a button, the area can become covered to protect from intense sun or rain, making this outdoor living usable anytime.”

Outdoor Bar Perfect for Entertaining

Outdoor Bar Perfect for Entertaining

Cushioned, wrought iron barstools surround this outdoor bar with a sleek countertop and rock base that blends in perfectly with the natural, rustic surroundings. With stunning mountain views and a nearby infinity pool, it's the ideal spot for entertaining friends and family.

Photo by: ACM Design

ACM Design

And just when it seemed this home couldn’t get any better, Amy worked in a full-size tennis court, mini waterfall and pond and a fabulous deck with a beautiful set of wooden rocking chairs to highlight the home's Southern roots. She really outdid herself with this one.

Tennis Court at Rustic Mountain Retreat

Tennis Court at Rustic Mountain Retreat

Enjoy a game or two of tennis at this rustic mountain retreat. There's even a shaded seating area for spectators.

Photo by: Kevin Meechan

Kevin Meechan

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Rustic Outdoor Area with Stone Walkway

Step into the home's backyard for a view of the beautiful landscaping, including a mix of foliage and floral plants paired with several trees. Take a walk along the stone walkway to enjoy the North Carolina views.

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Rustic Patio With Wrought Iron Furnishings & Outdoor Bar

Incredible mountain views, an outdoor bar and an infinity edge pool make this rustic patio an ideal place to gather with friends and family.

Outdoor Bar Perfect for Entertaining

Cushioned, wrought iron barstools surround this outdoor bar with a sleek countertop and rock base that blends in perfectly with the natural, rustic surroundings. With stunning mountain views and a nearby infinity pool, it's the ideal spot for entertaining friends and family.

Rustic Patio Features Rocking Chairs & Infinity Pool

Surrounded by lush plants and incredible mountain views, this rock patio is the ultimate place to relax and unwind. A small bridge over the infinity pool connects to the patio which features two distinct seating areas. A pair of poolside rocking chairs offer a place to sit and enjoy the view.

Infinity Pool Overlooks Mountain Range

The infinity edge of the pool seamlessly blends into the landscape and incredible mountain views beyond it.

Infinity Edge Pool

The water of this refined infinity edge pool reflects not only the custom summer kitchen, but also the beauty of all the natural surroundings.

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Rustic Summer Kitchen At Pool's Edge

Nestled between the main house and the guest house lies a fully equipped summer kitchen, waterfall and infinity edge pool. There's no skimping on the views from every angle of the outdoor living space. It's easy to escape at this mountain retreat.

Rustic Garden With Mountain View

Lush green shrubs and pretty yellow wildflowers complement the natural landscape and rock patio at this rustic mountain retreat.

Rustic Mountain Getaway With Guest House

The renovation of this 12,000-square-foot home will transform into an extravagant mountain retreat featuring a new 2,500-square-foot guest cottage opening onto a summer kitchen and pool bar, 75′ long infinity edge pool, tennis pavilion, extensive water features, garden and hiking trails. Not your typical renovation, this grand-scale renewal and addition will exhibit some of the world’s finest granite and stone, beautiful custom cabinetry, custom wood and glass folding and lift-side doors that open rooms completely to the outdoors, and other exquisite materials and inspiring novelties, all while staying true to the home’s traditional rustic origins. Scheduled for completion later this year, this one-of-a-kind Asheville retreat will be in a class all its own.

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Stacked Stone Stairs Lead to Covered Deck

Stacked stone stairs curve up to the spacious covered deck at this rustic mountain retreat located in Western North Carolina.

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Gorgeous Gardens at Mountain Retreat

The gardens at this Asheville retreat were designed to take advantage of indigenous plants and trees while highlighting the beautiful mountain views all around.

Photo By: Meechan Architectural Photography

Cascading Waterfall

The outdoor space was designed to look as if the waterfall flows from the infinity edge pool and throughout the gardens. Each aspect of the outdoor living space was thoroughly thought out to bring the most efficient use of the space while emphasizing the beauty of nature all around.

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Cascading Waterfall & Manmade Pond

Flowing over the rock retaining wall, the waterfall streams into the manmade pond below surrounded by rocks and lush plants.

Photo By: Kevin Meechan

Tennis Court at Rustic Mountain Retreat

Enjoy a game or two of tennis at this rustic mountain retreat. There's even a shaded seating area for spectators.

Photo By: Kevin Meechan

Back Deck With Mountain View

What a beautiful view to wake up to! The outdoor living space of this home's back deck can't be beat.

Photo By: Meechan Architectural Photography

Back Deck With Breathtaking Mountain Views

Perfect for your early morning coffee or dining alfresco, this back deck is spacious and offers magnificent views of the mountain range to soak in.

Photo By: Kevin Meechan

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