This mountain lodge–style home needed a matching landscape that highlighted its beautiful architectural features. The homeowners tasked us with creating a natural-looking alpine escape that extended fluidly into its North Carolina wooded setting. To accomplish this goal, we relied on hardscaping, boulders, regional softscaping, and the addition of a lakeside-lodge cabana to play the stars of the show. The Old North State design team began by designing a natural-looking hillside at the far end of the seventy-foot beach-entry pool.

They nestled in a grotto built of large natural stones and stacked boulders to resemble a lake setting. Rough-cut stone slabs serve as steps on the grotto hill, surrounded by boulders and stones that help integrate the Dolphin Waterslide into the rocky setting. Weeping bald cypress, Japanese maples, and other native plantings help pull the entire look together.

More than seven-hundred shrubs, including itea, loropetalum, viburnum, witch hazel, hydrangeas, camellias, and azaleas surround each walkway and patio, while flowering perennials such as hellebores, black-eyed Susan, coreopsis, echinacea, phlox, and peonies add a dose of color. Sweeping curved patios and walkways made of Lincoln Creek flagstone, ivory travertine, and cappadocia travertine connect the house, grotto, pool, and newly built cabana, ensuring they harmoniously coexist. Our design team incorporated cedar-wood braces with exposed beams and gables into the cabana, supported by stone-wrapped columns to match the home’s architecture.

A storage area and outdoor shower hide around the back and side of the cabana, while an outdoor kitchen with sink, ice maker, refrigerator, and drop-in cooler is showcased under the structure’s cool shade. This property is a wonderful nexus of indoor and outdoor living for the homeowners to kick back and relax in a mountain resort setting. They never have to worry about maintaining the pool, landscape, or hardscape, as they opted to take advantage of Old North State’s lifetime maintenance through our HomeCare Maintenance weekly services. Our attention to the details of upkeep frees the homeowners so they can spend time enjoying their new outdoor living area.

WILL STROPE is a co-owner of Old North State Landscape Development. The full team can be reached at 919-384-1800, ONSLANDSCAPE.COM, or on Instagram @ONSLANDSCAPE.