Master Planning

The Estates at Norton Creek


Client: Norton Creek, LLC
Year: 2005-2010


As master architects for this sprawling, 3,000-acre residential community nestled adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Johnson Architecture developed design guidelines, site amenities and a number of private vacation homes for The Estates at Norton Creek. The first phase of this mountain home community included 75 lots spread across 200 acres. The land plan was completed by Rothe Planning of Johnson City, Tennessee.

In 2007, JAI worked with the developers to design the first of many planned amenities for this community. Using heavy timber framing and large glass openings, the Creekside Pavilion can be an open-air space, or enclosed, depending on the season. The interior features a large gathering space with a river rock fireplace, a warming kitchen, and a wine storage/cigar room for property owners. The design also includes an outdoor boardwalk, fire-pit, restroom building and new gatehouse that welcomes visitors to the community. Additional adjacent property is accessed through Norton Creek where a quaint stone cottage serves as guest quarters for the original owner. Hand-picked stone harvested onsite in Norton Creek provides a massive foundation and the structure is topped with 200-year old scalloped slate roof tiles imported from Norway.

Each of the private mountain homes embrace the easy living and majestic views of the Great Smoky Mountains and incorporate numerous outdoor living spaces to capture the beauty of the surroundings and offer multiple entertaining opportunities.



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