Talking Rock

Restoration of the Nelson-Simmons-Trippe house, a circa 1829 vernacular log cabin structure in the Piedmont region of Georgia. The original two story “dog trot” cabin was moved from its original site on the Old Federal Road in Jasper, Georgia and rebuilt. The new site for the structure was determined to be a large densely wooded, remote tract, approximately 2 miles from the original location of the historic home. Original logs hand-hewn by Cherokee Indians were numbered, cataloged, and rebuilt. The field stone chimneys were reconstructed, and include pieces of broken 200 year old tombstones (or cast-offs), and other relics.

The client asked for an addition to the log cabin that included a master bedroom and bathroom, an open custom kitchen, and a rustic staircase. Other spaces include a music room, and guest bedroom suite. Additionally, a three car garage and large deck was built to overlook the mountain views.

Reclaimed and recycled barn-wood was used as finish material inside the house, including all stair components, paneling for music room and bathroom walls, fireplace mantles, interior door trim, and ceilings. Antique interior doors and reclaimed period hardware such as knobs and hinges were also used to enhance the mountain cabin feel.

The design incorporates many sustainable/green features, such as geothermal earth loop, high “R” value insulation (icynene and cellulose), low-flow toilets, composting area for garden and a water reclamation system.