Mountain Construction: combining artistic craftsmanship and natural products to create beautiful homes

By Jeff Eason, Reprinted from “Made in the High Country” Sept. 28, 2016

Since 1985, Mountain Construction has created buildings and homes that look like they are part of the Appalachian Mountain landscape. With creative use of natural construction materials, including locally sourced timber and stone, Mountain Construction in known far and wide for building one-of-a-kind structures that fit into their surroundings.

After working for a number of builders, both commercial and residential, for many years, Mountain Construction owner, Mark Kirkpatrick, became a licensed contractor in North Carolina in 1985 and, when building opportunities developed in Tennessee, he acquired a Tennessee license.

In 1985, Kirkpatrick founded Mountain Construction in Banner Elk with the intent to build the best, most creative homes, and to build a market for fine, well-designed, super-sealed and insulated  timber frame homes that manifest the feel of the Southern mountains and the big woods we live in.

Building on Kirkpatrick’s construction talents, Mountain Construction was the first timber frame company in the High Country.

With his talented crew, Kirkpatrick site-cut a half a dozen timber frames, including the first timber frames in Banner Elk, Boone and Blowing Rock.

Mountain Construction consists of two businesses, one that specializes in general custom home building and one that specializes in local and regional heavy timber subcontracting.

A former Blowing Rock building inspector said, “Your framing is nicer than most builders’ trim.”

In 1992, after educating himself with the timber frame and hybrid home design skills of Hearthstone Homes, while building a comfort margin with their staff, their broad-ranging skills and vision, Kirkpatrick became a regional distributor for Hearthstone.

Many clients select Kirkpatrick and Mountain Construction because of the skills he exhibits in interpreting their needs for custom design work, interpreting their wishes and utilizing their building site in the most creative manner.

“We combine artistic craftsmanship and natural products to create a beautiful home, while making every effort to be environmentally friendly and sustainable,” said a spokesman for Mountain Construction. “As National Association of Home Builders ‘Certified Green Professionals,’ we have the experience, knowledge and resources to advise our clients on how to make their homes environmentally friendly and energy efficient using the latest in resources and technologies.

“We can use your existing plan or work with your architect. We can also refer you to a qualified home designer or offer in-house design options. We will be  happy to meet with you to discuss your building plans and assess your personal needs to help you create your special home.

“We have had the opportunity to participate in many unique projects, such as site development of multi-home properties, bridges and entries for development projects and individual homeowners, and coordination of energy-efficient plans for grid-tied homes that are able to function off the grid in an emergency.”

Mountain Construction is located at 1345 Poplar Grove Road South in Boone.

For more information, contact them at 828-963-8090.

Mountain Construction is a full service custom builder offering Log,Timber Frame, and Structural Insulated Panel Homes nationally as well as local New Construction of any type and Remodeling and Restoration services. We are NAHB Certified Green Professionals.

To find out how we can help you build or remodel your home CONTACT US.

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