Get­away on the Green

A love for the game drives golf pro Nick Faldo to build an im­pres­sive hy­brid home in West Vir­ginia.

Timber Home Living - - Contents - BY SARA BROWN | PHO­TOS BY DAVID SUND­BERG/ESTO

A love for the game drives golf pro Nick Faldo to build an im­pres­sive hy­brid home in West Vir­ginia.

When golf leg­end and six­time Ma­jor Cham­pi­onship win­ner, Nick Faldo, de­cided to build a va­ca­tion re­treat in the Al­legheny Moun­tains of West Vir­ginia, it's fair to say it wasn't just about the house. Over­look­ing the fa­mous Old White TPC golf course at The Green- brier re­sort, the 6,526-square-foot home brought Nick’s pas­sion and ca­reer into his own back yard — lit­er­ally.

But while the de­ci­sion of where to build might have been an easy one, the de­sign it­self re­quired a bit more thought and plan­ning. "The project came to us through the ar­chi­tec­ture firm of Hart How­er­ton, and also via one of my part­ners who used to golf with Nick,” says Jay Poh­ley, owner of Pioneer Log & Timber. “It was kind of a win-win right from the start; like the project was meant for us.”

Even though the home was be­ing built more than 2,000 miles away

from Pioneer’s head­quar­ters in Vic­tor, Mon­tana, the part­ner­ship with the de­sign/build team proved to be a seam­less one. “We lis­tened to what the ar­chi­tect had planned, and they lis­tened to us when it came time to talk about how the house would come to­gether,” says Jay. “They drew the pretty pic­tures and we drew the shop draw­ings. The process went re­ally smoothly.”

To cre­ate the moun­tain-style home that Nick had in mind, Jay and his team worked off those cus­tom plans, bring­ing the house to life through a mix of all-nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als. Large, En­gel­mann spruce logs were used for the full struc­tural timber frame that takes cen­ter stage in the home’s great room, while the rest of the main house was con­ven­tion­ally built be­fore timber ac­cents were added. Tongue-and-groove ceil­ings top off each of the in­te­rior spa­ces, and smart win­dow place­ment (in­clud­ing clerestory win­dows in the kitchen and eat­ing area) brings in added light and frames the moun­tain views beyond.

While the home’s in­te­rior is im­pres­sive, visi­tors are wowed be­fore ever set­ting foot in­side. A blend of fin­ishes, in­clud­ing hewn-plank sid­ing, ver­ti­cal board-and-bat­ten, stacked stone around the foun­da­tion and a com­bi­na­tion of wood-shin­gle and metal roof­ing crafts a per­fectly rus­tic vibe. Both the main and lower lev­els walk out to stone pa­tios, while the rear of the home also fea­tures a swim­ming pool and put­ting green.

An­other stand-out el­e­ment: A free­stand­ing “man cave” that’s ac­ces­si­ble from the main house through a cov­ered, open-air breeze­way. The sep­a­rate struc­ture in­cludes an out­door fire­place and fly-ty­ing room that’s the only ful­l­log space in the house, ac­cord­ing to Jay. Dove­tail cor­ners and thick chink­ing com­ple­ment the home’s blended aes­thetic.

De­spite its size, it’s the fo­cus on nat­u­ral ele­ments that makes the home work so well with its en­vi­ron­ment, in­stead of com­pet­ing with it — a smart de­sign de­ci­sion when the sur­round­ing land­scape is as strik­ing as The Green­brier. “This place is world­class,” says Jay. “It’s def­i­nitely fun to be able to say we’ve built here.”

The home’s lower level walks out to a sprawl­ing flag­stone pa­tio, com­plete with its own put­ting green.The mul­ti­level out­door space also fea­tures a swim­ming pool and a sec­ond pa­tio space ad­ja­cent to the main-floor kitchen.

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