Story by Stacy Durr Albert
Photography by Joseph Hilliard
As an internationally acclaimed home designer, Allen Halcomb is certainly no stranger to unusual requests from his clients. But when Allen received a call from North Carolina property developer John Turchin, the directive was one for the record books. “John asked me to create a style of architecture that didn’t exist yet,” recalls Allen with a laugh.
The design idea that John had in mind for the exclusive “Eagle’s Nest” community he owned in the Blue Ridge Mountains was something he dubbed “Nouveau Adirondack,” a style that combines two traditional building methods in one: log home construction and timber framing.
“It’s a true timber frame structure rather than a hybrid,” explains Allen, owner of MossCreek Designs in Knoxville, Tennessee. “The old English method of half-timbering is used to put up an open-air barn frame, and then log walls are put in between the posts.”