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Sprawling across nearly 300 acres of natural beauty and adjoining the Nantahala National Forest, lies Silver Run Reserve, the location of the 2020 Cashiers Designer Showhouse (CDS). Silver Run was originally assembled by the civic-minded Neely family as a private family estate nearly 40 years ago. Located within the prestigious southern corridor of Cashiers, Silver Run is in the midst of a revival as it is being transformed into a private, low-density, wonderfully amenitized mountain community.


The 2020 Showhouse is a 3,000-square-foot Mountain Modern Cottage, custom-designed by the renowned Meyer Greeson Paullin Benson firm and built by Cashiers’ own Harris Custom Builders. With beautiful mountain and wooded views, and close to the center of the community and The Lodge, the Showhouse is surrounded by tranquility and beauty. Leading local, regional, and national interior designers will grace one of Cashiers' most storied properties with a collective aesthetic vision for a once-in-a-lifetime Showhouse.

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 SRR Developer - Jay Hurt


Houston native Jay Hurt first discovered the state of North Carolina over 30 years ago asa student at Davidson College and quickly fell in love with the beauty, geographic diversity, and outdoor opportunities the state offered. Upon graduating, Jay vowed he would one day return to the state he had fallen in love with and somehow make it his home. Little did he know at the time that he would not only create a home for himself, but that he would spearhead a development that 70 other families will come to know and love as Jay has and make it their home too.


As the Developer and Principal Owner of Silver Run Reserve, Jay is committed to working with his Development Partner and Builder, Ben Harris, and the entire development team to transform a nearly 300 acre former estate into a thoughtfully planned and meticulously developed home for a select number of fortunate families.Preserving the natural beauty and peaceful setting of the land for whom he is now the steward drives every decision that Jay and his development team make. The. vision and reality of Silver Run Reserve is a special community where families and friends gather, generations mingle, and memories are made by communing with nature, enjoying outdoor activities, and savoring every moment in a place that surrounds you with peace and beauty.

SRR Director of Design Michael Fernandes

SRR Director of Designer - Michael Fernandes


Michael Fernandes has been passionate about design since the age of 18 when he first worked in merchandising for Ralph Lauren and has been involved in creating beautiful and inspiring designs ever since. As a key member of the Silver Run Reserve development team, Michael leads, coordinates, and creates many of the design elements found in the community ranging from amenities like The Lodge to mountain cottages like the 2020 Cashiers Designer Showhouse.


Michael has 10+ years of experience with high end residential homes, including several acclaimed and award-winning projects, and has been involved in several projects inCashiers, NC. Michael brings an innovative approach to mountain home design by utilizing traditional elements and blending them with an updated look that creates a comfortable and stylish environment

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Showhouse Lead Spec Designer - June Chamberlain


June Chamberlain is a native of Valdosta, Georgia, and earned her BFA in interior design from the University of Georgia. She started her career interning for the office of Frank McCall in Moultrie, Georgia, and started Chamberlain Interiors in Atlanta in 1996.


Her classic approach to design can be seen in commercial and residential projects all over the southeast, including Cashiers and Highlands. Chamberlain is a proud member of ASID, where she has won numerous Design Excellence awards. Her work has also been featured in many publications including Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine.

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Showhouse Builder - 

Harris Custom Builders


Ben Harris and his team at Harris Custom Builders have been building and renovating fine residences on the Cashiers-Highlands plateau for the past 19 years. A second-generation builder, Ben has a lifelong passion for creating beautiful homes, and his work can be found in most of Cashiers most exclusive communities.


Harris Custom Builders has been involved as a sponsor of the Cashiers Designer Showhouse event many times over the years, but are participating as the Showhouse builder for the first time this year. Ben is especially thrilled to be building the Showhouse at Silver Run Reserve, where he is a partner in the development team

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