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Cool Spaces – Arts & Crafts masterpiece on High Mountain

by Lou Gathany for AL.com

The Arts and Crafts movement emerged during the late Victorian period of the mid nineteenth century industrialized England. It was a turn away from stark, sterile industrialization in home design towards an emphasis on fine detailed craftsmanship in creating spaces that reflect deep, intense earth colors and exquisite wood furnishings and accessories such as hand-woven rugs, stained glass, lovely metals and natural colors.


On High Mountain Road in Huntsville, AL David and Deborra Byrd have created an Arts and Crafts masterpiece. The home they have named INNISKARE is set into an earthy hillside lovingly landscaped with natural beauty. This very specific craftsman style house was accomplished with the talents of  builder Steve West and wood artist Bob Lewis.

Fine mahogany, walnut, ebony, hickory, poplar and maple woods are used extensively to create a cohesive yet divergent series of gallery spaces. There is an owner’s suite gallery, a gathering space gallery consisting of an open kitchen/dining/living area with a see-through fireplace looking onto the pool and patio courtyard.

There is a gallery of guest suites, a large gallery that serves as a sunroom, a separate gallery space currently containing a pool table but designed to serve as a in-law suite/young adult/ possibly caregiver apartment. Above the three-car garage is another private self-contained suite for guests or young adult family member.

The salt-water pool and outdoor courtyard area beckon with the sounds and sights of nature. There is a true sense of privacy on the 1.89 deeded acre lot which backs up to the Huntsville Land Trust.

Wood artist Bob Lewis crafted the kitchen cabinetry, each bathroom vanity, each 8′ mahogany door and what must be about a million individually hand-cut and applied wood dentils throughout the house. Every doors and window is framed with layered trim in a “dog-ear” design adopted from the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC.

All of the hardware on doors and cabinets are forged bronze with either copper or brass details. The same quartz countertops are used in the kitchen, baths and pantry. Lighting fixtures and ceiling fans were carefully chosen to reflect the Arts and Crafts style. Mementos of the couples’ travels to 56 countries add depth and an international ambience. 

Total attention to detail, craftsmanship, color, furnishings and accessories, use of wood trims and flooring combine to celebrate the Arts and Crafts movement in home design. The Byrds have created a very cool space. It is currently listed for sale as the couple plan to build again, next time on a smaller scale freeing them up for more travel. Contact Vickie Ziegler at Rise Realty if you would like to make this your cool space.

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