Home of the Week: A Modern Treehouse in the West Virginia Mountains
This architectural standout resting on 19 private wooded acres is a sight to behold. Join us for an inside look at “Virginia West”.
I can go on for days about how perfect I think this gem of a home is – from its serene location, to the design that invokes the best of modern open design. I’ve admired this $1.4 million dollar estate from afar for a few weeks, but owners Jeff and Jennifer Hayes have lived there for years. In their own words, here’s a bit more about “Virginia West”.
The idea was to seamlessly blend the natural beauty of the forest with the home. We chose to quite literally bring the outdoors in by building the house around three living oak trees and a majestic twin oak. We surrounded the trees with glass that would allow them to continue to thrive.
The result is striking. Ascending the entrance stairway the grand twin oak sits center-stage on the sun deck, beyond which lies a lawn, landscaped garden and flagstone deck bordering a dipping pool with water feature. The deck also serves as a breezeway between the main house and a private west-facing guest house with ensuite bath.
Inside the main house and across from the entrance of the master suite grows the first interior oak, and just beyond it two more trees grace the expansive open concept living space. When dusk settles the trees are lit from below; their presence always appreciated for the beauty they lend.
The interior of the home is a marvel of ingenuity. 270 degrees of enormous sliding glass doors create natural backdrops that change with the seasons. A curved Danish high-efficiency wood burning stove draws the eye to an arching birch ceiling that exceeds 18 feet. Beyond the living space is a covered east-facing patio that is the perfect vantage point for sunrise viewing. The interior finishes and furnishings, which are included in the sale, are designed for modern comfort.
The architecture of the home, which was completed in 2012, is as unique as the trees within it. The roof is constructed of copper with a green patina finish and arcs from the east porch upward toward the central deck. The arc line of the roof descends above the guest house to the west. Surrounding the entire structure is composite wood decking, and additional exterior green patina copper accents are a naturally occurring artistic reflection of the trees above.
“Virginia West” is a unique oasis on a treed ridge of complete tranquility, yet it is an easy drive from Washington DC and just ten minutes from quaint downtown Berkeley Springs.