Bloomfield Road, Charlottesville, VA
German farmers from Pennsylvania immigrated to upland Virginia in the mid-eighteenth century in search of fertile land. They followed the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Shenandoah Valley, bringing their farming and building traditions with them. These farmers built simple, sturdy houses and barns constructed of fieldstone and oak timbers using old world methods.
These simple architectural principals inspired Sparta Design Groups latest masterwork, The Vaughn Stone Farmhouse.
The massive 4-foot by 9-foot front door was made from heart pine reclaimed from the old Fleetwood Coffee Building in Chattanooga, TN. It was built by a true Appalachian craftsman with mortise and tenon methods.
As you swing open this impressive door, you'll find the dramatic front gallery where 12-foot ceilings abound and a colonnade of panel wrapped 5-foot by 10-foot arches lead you into this wonderfully open yet authentic floor plan. It's as if it was restored for today but with all the fine methods of construction of yesterday. Sparta likens it to "Neorenovationism."
The staircase is built out of roughhewn quarter-sawn white oak timbers salvaged from the original home constructed on the pastoral 2-½ acres. The bar-top in the tavern is crafted from a single piece of black walnut, a tree that fell during the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak that hit the southeast. It is free-formed, with hints of the bark and worm holes and stands 3 inches thick.
All details of the home were designed with a back-story, the original home constructed out of imported Tennessee mountain fieldstone and cedar shake roofing and the carriage house addition in natural stucco with tin roof. This attention to detail evokes a home that was built, rebuilt and renovated over generations. The stucco wing is attached to the stone house like an early 19th century cabin, with a 700sf guest cottage above the two-car garage.
The owners gallery with cathedral drop beams and bead-board wainscoting accompanies a mudroom, utility bath and art gallery that leads to the stone arched wood burning fireplace in the main level great room. Rough hewn exposed beams and corbels, wide, long heart pine plank flooring and 8' tall single panel doors, intricate yet simple, tie the home together to make a grand yet subtle statement.
The galley kitchen with Carrera marble countertops and honey maple cabinetry is wrapped above by the dramatic subway tile herringbone barrel ceiling. 48 inch Thermador pro dual fuel gas range and 48 inch freedom tower refrigerator/freezer units complete the amenities. Under the center staircase you'll find the ample pantry, making great use of the tall ceilings with built in cabinetry and storage.
There is not a wasted square foot in the home. In the kitchen, a food/beverage pass-thru at counter height connects to the tavern/bar. A wine/beverage center with groin arch acts as a butler's pantry and transition space between the kitchen and formal dining room/parlor. There you'll find another wood burning fireplace done in rich red mahogany paneling. The entire dining room/parlor is also wrapped in lawyers wainscoting as well as the main gallery and tavern. The tavern is complete with bar and wine storage under the stairs. All areas of the main level flow through 10-foot high arches, making for dramatic entertaining.
The second level with 10-foot ceilings accompanies two large bedrooms attached by a jack & jill bath, and a common play/brain room.
The owners gallery/office and 800 square foot master suite completes the second level. With 11-foot coffered ceilings, wood-burning fireplace, morning kitchen with 14-foot pitched ceilings, private flagstone decked patio, full body sprayed shower, jetted tub and his/her closets -- no amenity is left behind.
The third level with 11-foot ceilings accompanies another bedroom with full bath and a dramatic great room with yet another wood burning fireplace, roughhewn beams, a wet bar, and dramatic views to the vistas below from the four full dormers.
Looking down you'll see the 300 year-old live oak tree anchoring the home to the past, planted there by early homesteaders to this fertile region of the Shenandoah Valley.
A granite outcropping lends a rugged hue to the mountain fieldstone farmhouse. Dove tail rafter tails, 8 inch by 8 inch posts and flagstone porches all anchor the home, giving it the authenticity of the past with the finest of new home construction.