Category Archives: Modern Architecture and Interiors

WNC’s First SmartFlower

Kelly and I had a great time hanging out with the Red Tree Builder Team these past two weekends for the AHBA’s home tour. We were, also, fortunate enough to learn more about WNC’s first SmartFlower installation at Red Tree’s latest and coolest construction in North Asheville. The SmartFlower will power approximately 75% of this home for the owners. The plug-in unit is programmed to track the sun during daylight, close up at night and even clean itself. Sweet! Want to know more? Contact Wendall Morris at Creative Innovative Designs pictured here. And thanks to Red Tree Builders for taking the leap with this innovative new product. Cheers!

48 Sonnet Sneak Peek

Hi Folks! Here is a peek at where we will be today and tomorrow at the AHBA Parade of Homes. Stop by and see Amanda, Brandon, Kelly and myself to learn more about this home by Red Tree Builders and others we have coming. Cheers!

Modern Monday

What is Mid-Century Modern Architecture, Really? We’ve written about it quite frequently, but it is always great to get other perspectives like this HGTV article by Dinah Eng. We see the term Mid-Century Modern misused frequently in our industry so we welcome opportunities to refresh the subject. I know that I learn from repetition. Regardless, please enjoy and have a great Monday. Cheers!

Modern Inspiration | Five Retreats

Daily we receive inspirational feeds from various design and quality lifestyle sources. Here is something from our dezeen online feed that we particularly enjoyed. We found great integrity in how the designer chose to work with simple forms and play off context. Enjoy the article here. Cheers!

“Omar Gandhi Architect just completed its latest house, which sits on Nova Scotia’s rugged coastline. We’ve therefore rounded up five of the Canadian firm’s residential projects, all designed to maximize their dramatic settings and create cosy escapes from harsh weather.”

Samsel Home featured on dezeen

One of our favorite more recently designed and built homes is the one above by our friends at Samsel Architects. We love seeing WNC homes getting national design attention along with everything else we have to offer. Check out the online article HERE from our dezeen feed. Congrats! Kelly and Troy

In Situ Studio’s Mid-Century Makeover

Our friends at In Situ Studio, a Raleigh based architecture firm who came and spoke in Asheville last year, made over this cool mid-century, modern home bringing it up to date for today’s modern lifestyle. Enjoy some inspiration and take a closer look here. Cheers! Troy and Kelly

Traditional Meets Modern

We love the stripped down clean lines of this home from one of our news feeds. Check out the living space and fireplace. In form, it reminds us of our new modern cottages we have listed in Black Mountain that are finishing soon. Look for updated photos this month. Cheers!

2017 Matsumoto Award Winners

Congrats to 2 of our local architects { and all the others} on their Jury Prizes in the Matsumoto Award competition last week in Raleigh. Scott Huebner of Brickstack Architects and Duncan McPherson of Samsel Architects won first and third places. Cheers to you! HERE are the full results of the competition. Enjoy!

How Can I Reduce Climate Change with my House?

As you all know there is a ton of discussion on climate change. Regardless of your beliefs your choices affect your personal health and your wallet to start before rippling out to your communities both locally and globally. It is worth a minute to explore how we can take personal responsibility in our own lives and with our homes. 

This chart shows us a few considerations for the home, but goes beyond into our food and transportation choices. For a more direct and deeper look at your house go to this article for tips on reducing your climate impact. We appreciate you!

Modern Fans

Ceiling fans are always a topic of discussion when we tour homes with clients and one of the first things, along with light fixtures, to get changed out of homes to add a more modern aesthetic. Finding affordable options wasn’t always easy, but finding options with clean lines is easier today. One of our modern news and shopping feeds sent us this link at 2Modern. We thought they pulled together a nice assortment of options. So, stay cool as you stay cool in your home. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

Modern Monday

Bathroom in Black and White | You know that Kelly and I love our black and white in any form. We saw this little main bathroom remodel and thought it would be cool for updating some of those ranchers our there. We might change out the shower to frameless glass, but other than that it is good to go. Enjoy this article from our friends at Design Milk here. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

Little Ranch on a Hill

Yesterday, we toured our client’s updated and expanded little rancher just above Charlotte street and walkable to town. For years we have discussed ranch homes being a great resource for creating your ultimate modern nest and they very much proved us to be true. When it’s completed we will post a bit more on it, but for now we wanted to share a quick sneak peek, along with, our incredible excitement for our clients. Cheers! Kelly and Troy