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Upscale magazine features Lake Toxaway home

A glass-walled home with a garden roof is featured in 'Veranda' magazine. A glass-walled home with a garden roof is featured in 'Veranda' magazine.

BREVARD — A home designed and built by Platt, a Brevard-based architecture, construction and interior design firm, is featured in the July/August issue of Veranda, a lifestyle magazine with a focus on home.


Published by Hearst Communications, one of the nation’s largest media companies, Veranda has an average circulation of nearly 500,000 and a readership of more than 2.4 million.
A full-service architecture, construction and interior design firm, Platt serves clients throughout the Southern Appalachian Highlands and beyond.
“It’s an honor to be featured in a national publication read by millions,” said Curtis M. Greenwood, business director at PLATT. “Veranda not only showcased our work, but this beautiful place we call home. It’s gratifying to see the national spotlight shine on Transylvania County and western North Carolina.”
The feature story, entitled “Peace de Résistance,” showcases the modernist private residence that is notable for its flat green roof planted with native grasses and wildflowers, located on the shores of Lake Toxaway. The home, which includes a boathouse and guest house, was completed in 2017. Platt collaborated with Los Angeles-based interior designer Cliff Fong and local landscape architect Rob Westmore.
“We’re pleased to finally share this project, a labor of love that started back in 2015,” said Parker Platt, who designed the home with his father, firm founder Al Platt. “It's been a long road, but well worth the wait. We're currently building a second guest house on the property, complete with four bedrooms and an infinity pool that will further enhance the overall estate.”
The Veranda article was written by Stephen Wallis with images by acclaimed photographer William Abranowicz, whose work is found in collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery in London, Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and the Smithsonian Institute.
“Set on five sloping, wooded acres that wrap around a small finger of the lake, the residence is composed of a main house and guest house, each with three bedrooms, plus a boat house that shelters kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, a powerboat for waterskiing and fishing, and a classic 1941 Gar Wood cruiser,” Wallis writes. “Utilizing local materials like Fines Creek granite for walls and chimneys, weathered hemlock reclaimed from old barns for ceilings, and white oak for floors and millwork, the Platts also incorporated abundant glass to maximize natural light and lake views. Everything was designed with an emphasis on integration with the landscape, including those flat roofs, which are almost entirely planted with native grasses and wildflowers.”
The main house and guest house feature multiple terraces and spaces for outdoor cooking and dining, a firepit, lake docks and a small beach.