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FL_10 02RISMEDIA, October 2, 2009—At 2,660 heated and cooled square feet, this home located at 30 Gin Pole Way in Sylva, North Carolina in the Balsam Mountain Preserve offers a concept rarely found in today’s homogenized, digitized world—a true sense of place, according to the listing. The home was carefully constructed with materials found in close proximity to Balsam and feels larger than it is because of its open floor plan. Building features include care from the owner about the environment and energy savings. 

Each room enjoys large windows, which overlook the Plott Balsam range and a surrounding ridge of Balsam Mountain Preserve. Being able to view mountains while walking on the brick patio and lawn increases the livability of this home. The master bath features a large glass enclosed tumbled marble shower, heated towel racks, a double sink area and a Bain Ultra Air tub with a window above, allowing the bather to enjoy a view of the mountains. White wood shutters add a finishing touch to this area. 

Hemlocks were gathered on the property and sent to a local mill for exterior reverse board and batten walls. An old bridge was reinvented and used for the staircase, bar top and guest bathroom cabinet tops. The powder room barn door was built to continue the rustic element of this well-planned home. Poplar bark is used at the entrance and rear patio to offer texture to an already beautiful exterior. 

The home offers a harmonious feeling created by the choice of colors and elements. Careful planning and shifting of an existing Al Platt Architectural plan makes this home truly enjoyable. A mix of wood and drywall make the home very welcoming but not too rustic. Additional separate zone radiant heating can be found in the garage, where the floor has also been acid stained. 

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