Perched 2,600 feet above the Blue Ridge Mountains, the multi-tiered deck of Ron and Jane Bladon's mountain house allows them to entertain friends and family outdoors with a breathtaking view and comfortable seating.
To seamlessly blend the exterior spaces with those indoors, the uncovered and covered deck spaces are made from the same pine log construction. The vertical posts are 12 inches in diameter while the railing posts are five inches thick, offering a nice range in scale to the finished look.
During the rainy seasons, Ron and Jane are able to entertain friends and family outdoors thanks to the large covered deck nestled between the welcome deck and the spacious uncovered dining deck. To keep each of the spaces unified, they're decorated with a mix of barn red accents and dark black-brown woven furniture.
Since their country house is meant for rest and relaxation, the Bladons opted for outdoor furniture that doesn't require maintenance. All of the woven pieces are made from resin and simply require hosing off for proper cleaning.
With mountain temperatures up to 10 degrees cooler than neighboring Atlanta, the homeowners use their outdoor spaces most months of the year. In the fall and winter, guests are kept warm while they take in the stunning view thanks to a floor-to-ceiling fireplace wall covered in locally sourced river rock. To keep the architectural lines of the exterior consistent, the outdoor fireplace mantel is made from the same logs used for vertical posts and horizontal railings.
In true mountain-house fashion, the ceiling of the covered deck is clad with darkly stained V-groove pine and accented with log construction beams. The V-groove is installed similarly to wood floors with a tongue-and-groove system.
For an open and airy experience, the dining deck is uncovered and nestled between deciduous trees. The trees add shade in the spring and summer, and also allow a perfectly unobstructed view during the fall and winter months when the trees lose their leaves.