The Bark House manufacturing facility is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains between Asheville and Boone, NC. The majority of vendors deliver raw materials to us from within a fifty mile radius of this facility. 100% of all our products are crafted on-site. You can watch your product being hand crafted and visit the showroom. Our expert staff is prepared to walk you through the entire process. We encourage reservations to make your visit truly unique.
The showrooms were once service stations that back up to a residential neighborhood. They were in extreme disrepair with caved in roofs, rusted exteriors and open trash piles.
The property integrated into an in-city-limits neighborhood, so planning included shielding neighbors visually and audibly. The land was lowered to provide natural barriers, rain runoff was contained with planned absorption and sound was minimized. Landscape around the perimeter was in keeping with indigenous materials to provide a pleasing interface for residents.
The 2.5 acre parcel had to be piecemealed together. This small space was challenged to function flexibly with changing seasonal manufacturing needs. It had to accommodate light manufacturing and protect neighbors.
Buried and deteriorating gas tanks threatened the Toe River which is in view of the facility. At the time we chose to do brownfield reclamation, the EPA was not as friendly in the process as they are today. This was a new process to us and the cost was higher than anticipated. But our commitment to water stewardship stood firm. In total, seven gas tanks were removed from Main Street.
Locating this business within the city limits of Spruce Pine meant reclaiming buildings that were in extreme disrepair. It also meant regenerating the economic landscape of a once thriving mill town. Townspeople were desperate to have businesses return. With regenerative goals in mind, we exceeded all of the town codes and mandates. We improved the local aesthetic while honoring the cultural precedents. We were honored as residents welcomed The Bark House with open arms and appreciation.
We believe that excellence is the responsibility of every person in our company. It’s about passion—our intense desire to always be better at our specific craft. By virtue of this dedication and our foundation as a regenerative company, The Bark House gives you a consistently superior experience. That is integrated into our products, processes and property. This is driven by engaged interaction with stakeholders, measuring impacts on the environment and a commitment to share benefits. It is overseen by a personal mandate of the original founders and a dedicated team that shares this sentiment.
"Quality is not a goal here… It’s a way of life."