As the year begins to draw to a close, we're taking a look back at what ideas and images you've like most. The Splinter Creek Instagram page is a place to have a dialogue, share inspiration, and get a dose of nature's beauty from your phone. These are some of our most-liked photos from the past year. We're so grateful to have you in our online community, and we'd love to have you out to Splinter Creek IRL. We like you, too! Make sure to follow us on Instagram @SplinterCreek.
The Severn Sound Cottage in Ontario, Canada (photo courtesy of Trevor McIvor Architect).
The Severn Sound Cottage in Ontario, Canada, has much in common with the East Cove Home at Splinter Creek, including Douglas Fir wood, water views, and an outdoor living space that can't be beat. We love a good inspirational design, and this one is at the top of our list, either for daydreaming or building at Splinter Creek.
The treehouses at Blackberry Mountain
2. Blackberry Mountain Treehouses
Carefully perched in the woods, Blackberry Mountain’s Treehouses are designed around the beautiful view you can only experience from the canopy. Perfectly secluded in the forest, a walkway leads you into your private, modern treehouse, featuring a king bed, indoor seating area and walk-in closet. Designed with sleek white oak interiors, marble tile and floor-to-ceiling windows, the treehouses are filled with light as it pours in over the mountains. Slide back the glass door onto your private three-tiered outdoor deck and connect with nature, feeling truly immersed in the Mountain.
Splinter Creek founders Ellen (far right) and Eason (far left) Leake with their family (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).
3. Splinter Creek Founders
Splinter Creek wouldn't exist without the vision and perseverance of its founders, Ellen and Eason Leake. “We started construction on a weekend home, called the Boathouse, that was completed in 2012,” Ellen says. “Eason said it was perfect except for one thing — he wanted neighbors and a sense of community, and that’s when the idea of Splinter Creek was born. Rather than an a-ha moment, the project evolved over a decade.”
“Together, we considered everything from the shape of the lakes, which we built from 2006 to 2011, to the entrance gates, to road signs and building materials,” Ellen says. “Great emphasis was placed on respecting the land’s natural creeks and ridges. The roads follow the ridge lines and the lakes, with multiple coves, that feel like they have been there a hundred years.”
Splinter Creek homeowners Blair and Ben Wunderlich at their East Cove Home at Splinter Creek (photo by Alyssa Rosenheck).
4. Splinter Creek Residents
Homeowners Blair and Ben Wunderlich split their time between Washington, D.C., and Splinter Creek. Blair wanted a place to unwind or “pump the breaks” with her young, four-person family, just as she had as a child.