Indoor-Outdoor Living Room

Living Room, Stairway Remodel & Wrap Around Porch

3 Bed, 3 Bath • 4,819 SF

This award-winning remodel is nested in the WNC hillside. Our goal was to erase the exterior wall, connecting the living space with the surrounding mountains. We reinvented the exterior of the home to feature a dramatic porch giving way to a wrap around deck, all supported by impressive stone piers. A variety of interior updates, multiple full glass French doors, and natural cedar trim details blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. Live edge maple slabs adorn the tops of the porch handrails as a signature artisan finish.

We bought our North Asheville home for the forested lot, not the house, which was an early-90s, purple-pile-carpet time machine. From the beginning we knew we would renovate the home to open and brighten it up and bring in the spectacular outdoors. My wife and I came up with a preliminary plan and we went on a search for a contractor. We interviewed several, but at soon as we met Smith McAulay we knew we’d found a match. Smith was engaged and interested from the moment he walked onto the property, and the first things out of his mouth were exciting design ideas that we hadn’t even considered. Starting from the very first meeting, Smith was personally involved in every step of every phase of requirements gathering, design, planning and construction. He and his crew exhibited an attention to the tiniest design details and craftsmanship, creating a finished product that is as much a work of art as it is a place of refuge. Our guests never fail to comment on the incredible artisan woodwork on our porches and decks, or the unique and artistic touches of the interior renovation, such as the floor-to-ceiling tile-and-steel surround that Smith designed and installed for our wood stove. We’ve enjoyed Smith’s finished work for over a year, and are more pleased with every day that passes. Where problems arose, Smith was quick with options for a resolution; when we couldn’t make up our minds on the hundreds of detailed decisions, Smith always guided us in the right direction. His post-construction support has been wonderful, too; in the few instances where we’ve had a minor issue, such as a sticking door or cracking finish, Smith was quick to have one of his artisans out to resolve the problem. We are planning another phase of our ongoing renovation, and are looking forward to working with Smith again. I cannot recommend WSM Craft highly enough. Smith and his crew have the perfect mixture of out-of-the-box design creativity, savvy business acumen, and construction talent.

Patrick and Jeanne C.