Category Archives: Farmhouse

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!

SOLD | Oakley New Build

On Friday we closed on this minimal, modern farmhouse as a pre-construction design/build package by our friends at Rural Modern, one of the builders we work with. The young, first time home buyers are excited about the warm and clean styling of this simple home. Rural Modern says they “build homes and interiors with a unique perspective.” You, also, know that we like to SELL them. Cheers to getting this one off the ground! Kelly and Troy

FOR SALE | Fairview Contemporary Farmhouse

Main4 Beds | 3.5 Bths | Bonus Room and Basement | 3053 sqft | 1.59 acres

This striking and spacious contemporary farmhouse style home is on private lot in beautiful Brush Creek. The home has great flowing, professionally designed interiors by Sally Spiegel that have been fully updated for today’s lifestyle Compincluding a new European kitchen and baths. The master suite is on main level with beautiful modern bath and closets. The upper level has 3 bedrooms, bonus room with closet and 2 baths on upper level. The basement is full-sized and unfinished for flexibility and storage.Outdoor

The private yard has been professionally designed and landscaped by Siteworks Studio to create a lush oasis for relaxing and entertaining including an outdoor spa tub and play equipment.

For more see the tour here or give Kelly and Troy a call for more information.

The Hammock House

A Newly Completed Project by Samsel ArchitectsHammock-House-Sheep-Farm-Exterior-1200x720

Kelly and I have been watching the progress of this home from a distance. From the first concept sketch we have been fascinated by the simplicity and the romance of the pastoral environment. We are so excited to see the final product unveiled. Cheers to the Samsel team for such an appropriate and refined design! Now enjoy a few words from Samsel Architects. Hammock-House-Concept-to-Completion

Hammocks and an ancient oak tree were the organizing influences to the design of this modern pavilion home. The Hammock House sits on a 40-acre farm in Columbus, NC with several spectacular old growth oak trees, an existing barn, pastures and distant views to Tryon Peak. To take advantage of the dramatic oak trees, we carefully located the house on the land and oriented the living spaces around the tree locations.Hammock-House-Studio-Exterior-1200x720

The programming and space planning required unique design solutions based around our client’s close-knit extended family. The wife’s parents are also full-time residences in the home so designing the right balance of shared and private spaces for four adults was key to a high functioning design. The husband’s extended family comes to visit from South America for extended stays bi-annually, so the house was designed to structurally and spatially accommodate hanging hammocks so the family can stay together on the land when visiting.Hammock-House-Final-Update-Living-1

The single pitch shed roof concept originated as a modern interpretation of the utilitarian farm structures in the area. The main entry for the hammock house is at the low point of the roof and the ceiling height and roof slowly rise as you move through the public spaces of the house. A glass window wall and screen porch create a dramatic termination of the roof line as the living spaces open up to a view of the adjacent forest.Hammock-House-Final-Update-Hammock

Modern Monday

The FarmhouseScott

Today, the modern farmhouse has great appeal for blending a warm and familiar vernacular that feels like home with cool clean lines and modern efficiencies to meet today’s lifestyle. From architect Scott Huebner’s interpretation above to Carlton Architecture’s below we have seen numerous local examples everywhere from Marshall down to Mills River. Similarly, many designers and creative folks are acquiring vintage farmhouses and stripping them down to their simplest expression reminding me of my days visiting the Hudson Valley outside of New York City. With a resurgence of mini-farms, learning to live off the land and a shortage of inventory it can be an option worth exploring. For more ideas visit our pinterest page here. Cheers!Carlton

Modern Monday | the Farmhouse

At Modern Asheville we love all sorts of modern home hybrids. One of our favorite blends is combining the modern house with the farmhouse. Cool, clean lines meet warm and rustic vernacular shapes and textures. The 2015 Parade of Homes here in Asheville recently showcased a special example of this designed by Scott Huebner of Brickstack Architects and constructed by Longview Builders. Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 6.26.42 AM

The 3800 sqft home brings together special features such as steel beams and fireplace surround, rough sawn white oak plank walls, 22ft high dining/living room with exposed beams and great indoor/outdoor living in the new Beaucatcher Heights subdivision above Kenilworth. Enjoy the photos by David Dietrich. farmhouse comp

To see more photos of this beautiful home go to the architect’s blog here. For further inspiration on other modern versions of farmhouses visit our special Pinterest page here. Cheers!

Carlton Architecture | Greenbriar Residence

Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 4.54.30 PMCheck out the photo album on this recently completed project by Carlton Architecture. Love the modern farmhouse styling and massing relationship between spaces. Enjoy!

Architect Maria Rusafova

Defining a Modern Asheville Aesthetic

I recently sat down with architect Maria Rusafova at her home in West Asheville. She is the first architect to respond to my formal request to define the qualities of a Western North Carolina modern design. However, the original idea and inspiration came from lengthy discussions with my friend and architect Brandon Pass. No doubt I will be discussing this with him soon.

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Maria and her husband have been in Asheville since 2000 following her graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Her brother lived here and – well — who can resist? Asheville worked given that Maria states she is drawn to modern, site sensitive and environmentally conscious designs. She, also, loves the creative challenge of designing aroundbeka1 tight budgets. How often do we hear that? Given the rich results of her own home and the client project she just finished in 5 Points neighborhood she definitely knows how to wrangle a lot – from minimal means. As you know, that always speaks to me.

Before I delve further into my discussion with Maria, let me remind you that my goal is not to define what modern is to WNC in black and white, but to note some common influences. Most of us, without being able to describe it, can intuitively feel when a modern building works within its context and doesn’t. The natural and organic design integrity creates a harmony that is almost timeless. In opposition, I’ve seen some out-of-state builders propose stucco and aluminum homes that capture a trendy modern aesthetic that is neither contextual nor timeless.

Back to Maria.

Big6Geographically, Maria, as most architects, has rarely seen a flat site here. Most are sloped and challenging. However, the challenges can offer useful layering of functions and separations from public to private or living to utilitarian.

Materials – there are many natural materials readily available here from stone, wood and metal that reflect our local geography and help to create a continuum with the natural world.

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When it comes to vernacular influences Maria is infatuated with both barn structures of our rural landscape and some of the simple, narrow and upright homes of our historic neighborhoods. There is calmness in breaking down a residential structure to a simple polygon, as opposed to, a myriad of roof lines. Big3Again, less is more. There is richness and freedom in something that is easy to identify.

Culturally, people are moving here for sense of community. A home no longer defines ones life, but something that steps back to offer the freedom to live other aspects of your life in a broader sense. So, freedom from financial constraints and maintenance are important to living the life we all want here — perhaps aBig12n extra dinner at the Admiral or time to hike the Blue Ridge with friends?

For me, Maria blends her understanding of context with her European sense of simplicity and efficiency. It is an appropriate blend that allows her to capture the nuances of locality while bringing a lightness to living appropriate for today. One can see this in the plans for her own home.

B14Maria was recently chosen by one of our real estate clients to help sensibly steward the updating needed to their original Bert King home. We will explore more on that and one of her other upcoming projects soon.



The Barn

I drove through Chicken Hill, near downtown, this morning to take a look at the 3rd house, the Barn, built by Bill of Sun Construction on West Haywood. The home makes use of the small infill lot in this developing urban area while modernizing the industrial and farmhouse styling of the adjacent historic homes. If you don’t know Chicken Hill, rising just above the River Arts district, make sure you take yourself on a tour or give Kelly and I a call. It is one of my favorite neighborhoods. Enjoy!  TroySunset House