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Steve Ham Plastics

Product Design and Process Technologist

Highlands from Sunset RockHighlands from Sunset Rock

Highlands, North Carolina is a village located on the eastern continental divide at almost 4000 feet of elevation.  Over 85 inches of annual rainfall insure beautiful forests, breath-taking waterfalls, and exciting whitewater activities. The area's natural beauty attracts thousands of summer residents to enjoy the area's fourteen championship golf courses and the dozens of unique shops in the village.  Steve Ham has found it to be the ideal atmosphere to conduct a technical consulting business.  While remotely located, Highlands is only two and a half hours driving time to Atlanta, Charlotte, Knoxville, and the new South Carolina automotive alley.

Here are a few of the reasons to live on the Highlands plateau:

WHITESIDE MOUNTAINWHITESIDE MOUNTAINWhiteside Mountain is the landmark of the southern Blue Ridge.  At 4,950 feet it is certainly not the highest mountain in the area, but its unique profile of massive granite cliffs dominates the view for a ten mile radius and it is distinguishable from Greenville SC, about 50 miles to the south. During the 50's and sixties there was a private tour concession known as "Whiteside Mountain- The Face of Creation". Today it is part of the Nantahala National Forest. Over 50,000 hikers visit Whiteside Mountain's trails annually. During WWII civilian spotters were positioned on the mountain to watch for enemy aircraft. No aircraft were ever spotted. Peregrine falcons, nesting on the "Face of Creation", are easy to spot.

 

The altitude and rainfall keep Highlands very cool in the summer months.  Over half of the surrounding area is part of three major National Forests- Nantahala, Pisgah, and Sumpter.  Also in the area is the Great Smokey Mtns. National Park, The Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Cherokee Reservation. Two major river systems are born on the Highlands plateau.

 

Cherohala Skyway at SnowbirdCherohala Skyway at SnowbirdNearby Joyce Kilmer National Preserve is in the middle of the wildness area where Olympic bomber Eric Rudolf successfully hid from hundreds of federal officers for more than five years.  While the FBI reward of $1,000,000.00 is no longer offered, the view from Snowbird Ridge is worth a million dollars in itself. The view includes the last remaining grove of Giant Poplars in north America.

 

 

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The cantilever design by Jim Fox is all about maximizing the view of Whiteside Mountain from every room in the house.

Whiteside Mountain ViewWhiteside Mountain View

 

The center piece of the great room is a massive rock fireplace which carries the cantilever design elements.

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The KiteHouse resembles a kite flying in the ridge top breeze.

KiteHouseKiteHouse

Life on top the ridge. At 4,500 feet, it's always cool and breezy.

South Facing DecksSouth Facing Decks