Modern Community | Eichler

This is an intriguing video. Though primarily on Eichler it provides a sense of community established by shared interests in a modern environment.
It’s worth a watch. Enjoy! Troy

Make Your Modern | Buyer’s Tour 015

MYM Buyer 015 07202014Though our Asheville home market offers many housing options we don’t have everything. Kelly and I are just the tip of the iceberg to a larger team of resources to help you buy, remodel or build your tailored nest here in the mountains. Whether it’s scouting out the illusive architectural designed home, a retro ranch to remake or industrial loft or condo – we can help! We do the groundwork for you by previewing modern inventory, networking with skilled builders and staying in touch with potential sellers. Above are three properties currently on the market that Kelly and I feel offer potential to “Make Your Modern” lifestyle in the mountains. Want more? Ask us!

Take a closer look at this video preview of one of these homes with potential.

North Carolina Modernist Houses | Matsumoto Prize Event

Troy and Kelly with George Smart of NCMH.

Troy and Kelly with George Smart of NCMH.

Kelly and I traveled to Raleigh yesterday afternoon to attend North Carolina Modernist Houses’ Matsumoto Prize event for modern homes in North Carolina Compat CAM. Two homes in Asheville were awarded 2nd and 3rd prize. Maria Rusafova won 3rd place for her Blue House in Five Points (more to come on that) and SPG Architects won for the Herbits House in Leicester. Kelly and I were able to accept Maria’s award on her behalf as she tour’s India with her family. Congrats to our local winners!IMG_5782

Kelly and I had a great time and made a bit of a scene — of course. Also, we are talking to George about an event we are planning here in Asheville for this upcoming winter. More soon. Cheers! Troy

Modern Mixer | LA Style

50 CompLast night Kelly and I hosted a Mixer for our ever growing Modern community.  The approximate 75 guests were able to witness the debut of Hedy Fisher and Randy Shull’s latest revisioned property on Horizon Hill. The dynamic duo purchased the home to help preserve the legacy of the neighborhood which is filled with unique ranches, mid-century modern and green modern homes. The neighborhood, central to Asheville, offers some of the most dramatic views in all directions on the compass and seems to foster equally dramatic homes.Article 03

The modest ranch home was originally built in 1957 and had long been neglected by previous owners. Seeing the potential Randy and Hedy jumped on the opportunity to bring new life to the home by bringing up to the creative standards of the hilltop neighborhood, as well as, maximizing the dramatic setting. Making five rooms into one large open space and adding in handcrafted douglas fir windows to the perimeter — the home immediately becomes a stage for LA Style mountain living.IMG_5693

As the home is awaiting finishing details I’ll save a more detailed report for later. Thanks to Randy and Hedy for hosting the event. We look forward to working with you more in the future. Cheers! TroyIMG_3611

Grovewood Gallery opens BZDesign Boutique

If you are in Asheville on Saturday, July 12 join us at Grovewood Gallery for the BZDesign Boutique opening at 3 – 6 pm.10422247_10201446380519877_2630830168281780157_n

Buyer’s Tour | 014

Here are a few properties on the market that Kelly and I feel are worth noting this week. Buyer Tour 14 7052014

Building the Best Affordable House

I thought this was a great little article for those in the process of designing and building their dream homes. We find people tend to get carried away with some of their choices. Here are some guidelines that might work for you. Cheers! Troy

10 Tips for Getting the Most House for Your Money

by Fernando Pages Ruiz from Fine Homebuilding Magazine

Despite over 30 years of home building experience, there is one home I have never built, and that’s a home with an unlimited budget. Every project has price constraints, but even a tight budget does not necessarily mean you must sacrifice the elements that will turn an affordable house into your dream home. To help you save money without compromising too much, I have compiled a list of the top ten things you can do to build an affordable home on any budget:

1. Build a two-story: The two most expensive parts of any house are the foundation and the roof. When you build two stories, you can double the floor area while halving the costly square footage of the foundation and the roof.
IMG_22782. Think inside the box: The least expensive homes are simple rectangles and squares. You can add curb appeal with great colors and a few attractive architectural flourishes, such as great front porch.
3. Keep the roof simple: Complex roof lines not only add significant cost, but the risk of future leaks. A simple, not too steep roof will protect your investment over time.
4. Centralize the plumbing: Make sure to plan your heavy plumbing areas, including kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms in close proximity to each other, reducing the cost of running costly plumbing pipes all over the house.
5. Spend more on insulation: A well sealed and insulated house will not only save energy in the long run, it will save you money today by reducing the amount you must spend on larger heating and air-conditioning equipment.
6. Mix and match: Don’t limit your appliance and fixture choices to one brand. It’s perfectly okay to combine brands to buy best-deal appliances and fixtures. I recommend stainless-steel finishes, which mirror surrounding colors.
7. Upgrade later: If you’re going to cheap out, go cheap only on easy to replace items, such as surface mount light fixtures and vanity faucets, but never on built-ins, such as the tub and shower valve, and recessed lights.
8. Phase the finishes: To get high-end finishes you want now but cannot afford, just phase them in over time. Plan your ideal finishes but break the work (and expense) down into stages. You can finish a kitchen without cabinet knobs and pulls and install them next year, or paint the countertop backsplashes and tile it later.
9. A room with a view: Small homes, unless you open them up with a view outdoors. Place large, picture windows in direct view as you enter a room, and it will feel larger. Don’t have a great view? Create one with lattice work and vines, a
small fountain or a small patch of flowers.
simple-patio_lg10. Bring the outdoors inside: An easy way to make small entertainment areas work overtime is to expand them by adding relatively inexpensive decks and patios with direct access to living and family rooms.