This house in Cedar Mountain, NC is situated on a rock bald. Needless to say, the rock could not be graded to effect water drainage around the house. Hence, most of the house is elevated on columns so that rainwater takes the path that it has for eons. The house is linear to take advantage of a nearby ridge view. The house also plays to the preserved natural landscape that was "given" on this rock setting.
The majority of this house (except porches and entry hall) has 8 foot high flat ceilings with the tops of windows also at 8 feet. All doors in the house are also about 8 feet tall. Given that window and doors go to the ceiling, the 8 foot high ceiling takes on a different dimension than is typically associated with spaces having ceilings that height.