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FOR SALE | Modern “Loft Style” Home

2 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths | 2,234 SQFT | .27 Acre

Hi Folks! We are gathered here today to present you this cool new property. The premiere modern “loft style” home was dreamed and constructed from the bones of a former neighborhood church. With a Scandinavian sensibility the simple and smart architect driven {Brickstack Architects} space offers flexibility for live/work, along with, separate guest quarters. The open main space encompasses a dramatic vaulted and trussed ceiling, original ground and polished concrete floors, European kitchen, thoughtful and sleek accent lighting blended with original sanctuary fixtures and a floating wood burning fireplace by Fireorb.

Flanking the main space is a frosted glass partition dividing a bedroom, bathroom and walk-in closet. At the other end is a convenient half-bath and doorway leading to another bedroom en suite with built-in kitchenette and bath with a stainless Japanese soaking tub. Hansgrohe fixtures throughout. Amen! The home is located near Malvern Hill Park in West Asheville and just a few blocks from Patton Ave amenities and a few minute trip to downtown.

What to know more? You bet you do! Check out the photo tour here. After that just give us shout. Cheers! Troy and Kelly

Make Your Modern | Home Story 05

Nature Wrapped Mid-Century | Sue and Sean were looking for a non-traditional home tucked into nature when they found this Mid-Century Modern home (circa 1973). The dramatic central fireplace and views of woods and mountains tugged at their heart. Architect Les McCormick helped them imagine and realize the modernized home it is today.

Everything was taken down to the studs. After replacing all the systems, they layered in mid-century and modern detailing throughout. The master suite was opened up with natural light coming in through a composition of square windows. A double-sided fireplace visible from both bedroom and bath was added as uniquely luxurious touch. Sean, a chef by trade, created a spacious kitchen with a giant island for parties, and a cozy, built-in banquet for more intimate gatherings. Expansive windows, large doors, and a wrap-around deck helped to increase the livable area of the home and connect with the wooded surroundings.

This distinctive renovation brings together nature and modernism with a dusting of sparkle.

Down the “Mid-Century” Rabbit Hole

Artist Roger Capron | You know how it goes — you are scrolling the internet and one image pops up and suddenly you are off into a new visual world. That is exactly how it worked when I saw the above image and got lost in the rhythm, colors and geometry of this tile piece. Roger Capron had been a prolific French artist born in Vincennes, France on September 4, 1922. Interested in drawing, he studied Applied Arts in Paris from 1939 to 1943 and worked as an art teacher in 1945. He died on November 8, 2006 leaving behind a considerable body of work that is recognized worldwide. I know you’ll want to see more so go HERE. Cheers!

TONIGHT | Meet the Vendors Open House at Atomic

Tonight, Atomic is hosting an Open House Event to meet all the vendors. Come check them out. Kelly and I will be there with a community of design and craft minded folks. Go HERE for more info and see you there. Cheers!

SALE TODAY | Atomic Furnishings and Design

Hi Folks! Our community of cool and crafty vendors at Atomic are hosting a sale today thru Sunday. Can you think of more hip place to shop on Black Friday? Do it. {124 Swannanoa River Rd} Cheers!

Modern Mixer | Monday Oct 1st.

Yeah! We are so excited for our next Mixer tomorrow. Megan and Todd of Atomic Furnishings and Design have moved into a new space joined by many other cool and creative vendors. Join us tomorrow night on Oct. 1st from 5 to 7pm (or longer) at their new space at 124 Swannanoa River Rd.

Beer from Burial Brewery, BBQ from Buxton Hall and music from Brooke German and Nick Derrick will be provided for your enjoyment. Go here for further details and location. See you there. Cheers!

The Ranch House Revisited


Given the current downsizing and one level living trends the Ranch House finds itself looking a bit more appealing these days. Originally, created for its efficient scale, floorplans and ease of living it may have a brighter future stoked by this gloomy time. In the past decades we have seen homes grow in size to where a master bedroom has become the size of what once would be sufficient for a living room. Do we ever ask ourselves why we need all this size?  Is bigger always better?

You will find that we are fans of the Ranch Home.  I am not sure if it is due to the fact that we grew up in Ranch Homes in the 60’s and 70’s or that today I have learned to downsize and have a simple home that allows more freedom for the rest of my life.  Either way we urge you to take another look at that understated  house you drive by everyday and consider what it might do for you.

Renovating A Ranch Style House

Thinking about how to renovate ranch style houses leads to all kinds of possibilities if you have the foresight to see the potential. Ranch style houses are not always seen as a historic style home worthy of restoration, yet they are integral to mid-century American style. Often these homes are remodeled; stories added, and the unique look of the structure is muddled beyond recognition. While they did have some negative design characteristics, overall the homes illustrated the love of sleek modernism that was the byword of the 1950s and 1960s. The best renovations will honor the style of the original home.

History of the Ranch Style

Ranch style architecture was not born in the tract homes of the late 1950s. It began far earlier than that, in San Diego, California. The first ranch style home was built in 1932 by a California architect named Cliff May. Born in 1909, May was fascinated by the homes that were built by the early Mexican settlers in California. These homes were horizontal in nature and seemed to pull the landscape into the home to create and integrated living area.

Characteristics of a Ranch Style Home

The homes wer meant to be sleek, easy to clean, and leave time for the owners to pursue their interests. Materials were natural. Stone and brick were often brought into the home as design elements. Home interiors were open and included glass doors to patios which allowed the patio to be used as another room.
Other design elements are:

  • – Horizontal lines
  • – Living areas at the front of the house
  • – Smooth surfaces
  • – Paneling
  • – Picture windows
  • – Kitchen peninsulas
  • – Flat or low pitched roofs
  • – Smooth, hollow core doors
  • – Narrow layout
  • – Simple floor plans
  • – Attached garage

Good Bones

Before you begin to renovate, ranch style houses should be inspected carefully by a professional housing inspector.  It is very important that the foundation and the structure of the home be solid.  Other areas that should be brought up to date are:

  • – Plumbing
  • – Wiring
  • – Insulation
  • – Heating/Cooling System
  • – Drainage
  • – Roof

If all of these are in good condition, then you can move on to the renovation of your home.  Before you do, you might want to consider the neighborhood.  Is it one you want to live in or continue to live in?  This is something to decide before you invest a lot of money to renovate a ranch style house.

Steps to Renovate Ranch Style Houses

  • Make a list of the characteristics of your home that you love.  These are things you will want to keep.
  • Make a list of your current needs.  More space?  Bigger Kitchen?
  • Figure out how much you can afford to spend on a renovation.
  • Decide how much you can realistically do yourself.
  • If you will be making major changes in structure then talk to an architect about your plans.
  • Find a general contractor to handle the things you will not be doing yourself.
  • Check with your city about permist and licenses.

Tips for Ranch Style Renovation

  1. Try to use building materials similar in looks to those used to construct the existing home when any additions that are made.  This helps create continuity.  For example, Victorian style trim would look silly on a sleek ranch style home, while chunky Craftsman details would weigh it down.
  2. Think carefully before you decide to add a second story.  You will lose the look of the ranch and you will also lose some of the convenience of one floor living.
  3. Using natural finish wood on the floors is a wise investment and seems to be attractive to buyers.  Wood floors go well with this style of home.
  4. Don’t underestimate the ability of landscaping to improve the curb appeal of your home.  This is especially tru of Ranch style homes.
  5. Changes should fit into the style of the home.  Many architects believe that changing the exterior look of the home should be avoided if at all possible.
  6. If the home has a basement this can be the perfect place to pick up extra space.  Finishing it off and turning it into an office, den , or bedrrom will get the addition you need with out the expense of changing the exterior.
  7. A garage is oftern another area that can be finished and turned into a room.
  8. Renovating kitchends and bathrooms is always a good investment, and while your’re at it, replace appliances with Energy Star rated aplliances to save money and gree your home. Take a look at some of our other blog post on remodeling ranch homes in our area.

Much of this article provided by “About.com’s Home Improvement”.

Brady Bunch House Restoration

As you probably have already heard the Brady Bunch home in California has been purchased by HGTV where they will fully restore the home to its 70’s glory. Having both grown up with this show prominent in our lives and both having lived in the San Fernando Valley at different times it does our own hearts some good today. Read more about it here. Cheers!

SUNDAY | Flea 4 Y’all

Yeah! This Sunday, July 29th is the Flea 4 Ya”ll. Make room for some new vintage and mid-century treasures. Need to know more? Get the skinny here. Cheers! Troy and Kelly

FOR SALE | Kenilworth Ranch

2 Bedrooms | 1 Bath | 1182 SQFT + 1004 Heated Basement | .35 Acre

Warm, efficient, and versatile ranch home in convenient Kenilworth. Located between vibrant downtown Asheville and Tunnel Road amenities, this home is nestled against the woods on one side and a sunny garden space on the other. The bright living, dining, and kitchen areas on the main level have a natural stone fireplace and french doors leading out the deck in the back. The large, open, bright, and dry basement with heating & cooling offers enormous flexibility to build out more living space with additional fireplace. Current owner has updated roof, heating/cooling and drainage around home for a dry and snug nest. Personalize the rest as desired!

Call us for more information or a private tour. In the meantime enjoy this photo tour. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

FOR SALE | Lakeview Park Mid-Century Home

4 Bedrooms | 3 Baths | 2,815 SQFT | 1.28 Acre City View Lot

Kelly and I are excited to bring this cool home to the real estate marketplace today. This mid-century, mountain home has both mountain and city views. Clean, architectural lines frame a dramatic vaulted California Eichler style interior trimmed in exotic woods typical of the prized period “Deck” home. High quality features include complete European custom kitchen, spa bath, towel heaters, heated floors, mini-splits, active and passive solar, 3 fireplaces and a fire pit. The location above the Asheville Country Club offers both convenience and privacy 1.28 acre street to street lot offers guaranteed privacy and views. The home blends vintage mid-century with quality updates for today’s modern lifestyle.

Reach out to us for more information or a private tour. In the meantime explore the virtual tour here and a past article on the Deck home here. Cheers!

MA2MA | Modern Home Tour and Mixer

Hi Folks! Just a reminder that tomorrow is our Modern Home Tour. Yeah! Tonight we will kick off events at Splurge Design with a MIXER to meet up with the folks from the Atlanta Design Festival for tour information and tickets. So, show up for the skinny and some happy hour snacks. We would love to see you. Cheers! Kelly, Troy, Elayne, Allison, Robert and Rebecca