Ciel Modern House on North Carolina Design

Retro-Fit-Design-6-1Check out the kudos given to the team of Bellwether Design-Build, Retro+Fit Design and Allard & Roberts Interior Design for their combined effort on the Ciel community’s latest spec house soaring above Asheville. They were just featured on North Carolina Design’s online publication. Congrats y’all! Go here to enjoy the article.

From the Archives | Chandler’s

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 9.37.26 PMWe love seeing these drawings by architect Henry Gaines of SIX Associates for a proposed restaurant on Battery Park Ave. The client was  Mrs. H.A. Chandler and the drawings are dated 1958. Given the austerity and time period one could see Alfred Hitchcock strolling by. The restaurant was to have a main floor and mezzanine with offices above. I could find no other information, but would love to get the skinny if anyone has anything further to share. Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 9.36.06 PM

Thanks to the NC Collection at the Pack Place Library for archiving and sharing these drawings. They are a valued resource here. If you happen to have original architectural drawings for your home or commercial building we ask you to drop them off to have scanned so they become preserved as part of the digital archives. Cheers and thanks!

Modern Monday

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“For architect Ole Scheeren, the people who live and work inside a building are as much a part of that building as concrete, steel and glass. He asks: Can architecture be about collaboration and storytelling instead of the isolation and hierarchy of a typical skyscraper? Visit five of Scheeren’s buildings — from a twisted tower in China to a floating cinema in the ocean in Thailand — and learn the stories behind them.”

Given a professional past in both design and storytelling this talk caught my attention. While I’m not sure the speaker truly got his point across I did enjoy the opportunity to view these projects and understand the thought behind them regardless. Go here to watch this TED presentation. Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 3.39.17 PM


FOR SALE | Rankin Press Loft

15 Rankin Ave Asheville NC-small-035-33-Rankin Press35-666x445-72dpiMLS#3126728


2 Bd + 2 Bth = 1608 Sqft

Hi Folks! Take a look at this beautiful loft style condo in the Rankin Press building for sale. This warm and rustic condo is a great escape from the cold and blends the best in historic and modern features mixing together brick walls and oak floors with stainless and concrete. The well-lit, lofty space is flowing from exterior to interior. Entry is street level to Rankin Ave for easy access while remaining super private and Rankin Compsecure leading you through to the private terrace over Lexington Ave for great people watching. The urban, industrial style home has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and extra storage.  And did we tell you that short-term rentals are allowable to get the most out of your investment. Cool!

1924-miller-pressThe Rankin Press building was originally constructed in 1925, but completely rebuilt from ground up in 2013 to accommodate a modern, mixed-use building for both residences and retail. Sustainable features such as a solar heated, hot water system, community bicycle room, energy-efficient appliances, solar tubes and water efficient fixtures were used in the redevelopment.

Outside your doorstep is the best in coffee shops, retail and restaurants to maximize your metropolitan lifestyle in Asheville. Give Kelly and Troy a call for more information. Until then — take the virtual tour here. Cheers!

Modern Mixer | Rusafova-Markulis

Big8Yeah! We are so excited to be hosting our next Modern Mixer at the home of Maria Rusafova and Jakub Markulis — two of our favorite designers here in Asheville. Their simple and sophisticated modern home is one of our top ten in the area. They are graciously opening their doors from 5 to 7 pm the evening of February 24th. Come visit us all and enjoy this great opportunity to experience this mindfully designed home. Please click here to sign up to attend or just show up. Cheers! Big24

FOR SALE | Oakley Pre-construction Cottage

Main with TitleMLS#3135891 | $360,000 | 3 Beds + 2.5 Baths = 2052 SQFT

Modern Asheville Real Estate is excited to bring something new to the real estate marketplace. This “pre-construction” package by a local design/build team here in Asheville blends European simplicity and sophistication reflected in the design inspiration photographs below. Inspiration Compwith Title

This minimal, modernist home called “the Field View” reflects that iconic shape of home, barn or shed in that Danish Modern style we love. The simplified details blending raw and basic materials creating a warm yet contemporary internal space. A neutral palette for material selections will bring in a regional aesthetic that when combined with contemporary elements reflect a modernist urban/rural refinement. 3 beds & 2.5 baths with great room on the main living space. The lower level is open use with flexibility in mind to adapt to your specific needs. See the plans for this speculative home below to be located at 26 Blalock Ave in the Oakley neighborhood of east Asheville. Drawings Comp with Title

Maxey Andress {designer} and June Gartrell {builder} with some stewarding from the Modern Asheville Real Estate team, put together the vision for this home. Maxey and June have been working on remodeling homes here in Asheville, but this is their first speculative home here. They both have been involved in design/build work in the Southeast including new custom homes. Below is a brief sampling of their quality work. More samples and references are available upon request.Comp

Want more information on this home? Contact Troy or Kelly here for the full speculative package. We look forward to seeing this dream become reality.