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MA2MA | 2017 Modern Home Tour

Did you miss it? We had another great modern home tour this past weekend kicked off by a Pre-Tour Mixer on Friday night at Splurge Design with the Modern Atlanta crew. This was our third year for the tour which grows yearly. 

Saturday, we had five homes open. Kelly and I cruised to all five of the mindfully designed modernist homes throughout Asheville. We saw lots of smiles out there. Here are some of the photos. Feel free to send us some of yours to add to our collection. 

SAVE THE DATE | If you missed this year’s tour feel free to sign up for information on next year’s tour here. We’ve already started our planning. Mark your calendars and keep up to date so you don’t miss it. Cheers! Kelly and Troy


Brickstack + Bellwhether = Asheville-styled Modern Ranch

DSC_0018Recently, I was able to connect with Scott Huebner of Brickstack A + D . Scott was brought in by Bellwether Builders to pull together the design vision for this ranch home expansion in the Grove Park Inn neighborhood of North Asheville. During the time of construction it was right around the corner from me so I was able to watch the progression and get occasional tours from Brad Rice of Bellwhether builders.

Elevation Before and After New

The progressive owner’s looked to Scott to guide the home back to its more modern roots. Through discovery it was found the house had been remodeled at least twice, disguising some of the more modern and horizontal lines remaining only in the fireplace and large picture windows on back of the house. In the process the home gained 2500 sqft of indoor and outdoor living space + garage to accomodate the client’s growing family. The other criteria was that it be “fun” for their children. Overall, Scott thought the collaborative process between client and designer was synchronistic allowing for a cohesive team vision and construction.

Evelyng Before and After Plan

From my perspective the design is a thoughtful balance between the original mid-century atomic ranch and today’s northwest modernism making use of earthy lines and materials. It seems to me a very Asheville appropriate ranch aesthetic and, overall, a successful investment given the neighborhood and view location. Great job to all involved.

Details comp

Yes – I’ll say it again. We have well established, ranch neighborhoods here in  great locations. They are worthy of exploration for creating a modern lifestyle in Asheville. Take along a designer and work it out like Scott did.

FOR SALE – 55 Hawthorne Lane (Off the Market)

$378,000             3/4 Bedrooms 3.5 baths            2150 sq/ft.

The Bellwether Design/Build team of Katie and Brad Rice continue to bring a fresh approach to homes in Montford with this new contemporary twist on a traditional Bungalow.   The efficient size of this concept is packed with storage solutions, creative space-sharing options and is laid out to feel spacious yet intimate.  A low maintenance exterior lets homeowners spend time on more important things, like playing in one of the many nearby parks or walking downtown for dinner.

Special features include: green built, low maintenance materials, master on main, private garden off master, open living space, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, gas cook top and large front porch.  If you buy this now you can help in developing your own details.

Ranch Home Appreciation 101

img_13581I happen to be a fan of ranch houses.  Perhaps it is a nostalgic sense of home for me, having been raised in ranch houses all my life since the 1960’s.  As an adult I appreciate their simplicity and potential for easy living.  Feeling alone in this town of Craftsman lovers I finally found my support group by the name of Bellwether Builders.  I recently showcased one of their homes currently for sale in the historic Montford neighborhood.   I was curious to get to know it better and understand the vision behind this masterful makeover at 50 Rosewood.

katie-rice2Katie Rice, one half of the design team for Bellwether, states “We are excited to redefine the ranch.  Their time has come.  When we see a ranch, we see amazing potential and opportunity. Exploring the possibilities of remodeling ranch homes is like having a stretched canvas ready to go. All you have to do is create the art.”  I wholeheartedly agree with her. 

At 50 Rosewood they cleverly created a new home from the bones of the existing ranch.  Starting with raising the roof and letting in the light to define a new great room they updated the space to reflect today’s lifestyle. file1-3651 They opened up the first bedroom to become a flexible living space that could be a home office, media room or guest room.  All the details were thoughtfully chosen from the bath fixtures to the exterior barnroofing on the front.  It is creative, fun, casual and comfortable.  I recommend to those of you who are wondering what to do with your own rancher, take a look at this quality remodel.  I recently showed it to one of my clients.  Her father was a Beverly Hills architect so she has seen many completed and remodeled homes.  She thought this one was very clever and appreciated the attention to details.  To see more finished details see the previous post on 50 Rosewood.entry-beforeimg_5086














Here is some general information on the ranch home for further exploration.  There are many new websites and magazines that showcase the ranch.  

Ranch-style houses (also American ranch, California ranch, rambler or rancher) is a uniquely American domestic architectural style. First built in the 1920s, the ranch style was extremely popular in the United States during the 1940s to 1970s, as new suburbs were built for the Greatest Generation and later the Silent Generation.

The style is often associated with tract housing built during this period, particularly in the western United States, which experienced a population explosion during this period with a corresponding demand for housing.

The ranch house is noted for its long, close-to-the-ground profile, and minimal use of exterior and interior decoration. The houses fuse modernist ideas and styles with notions of the American Western period working ranches to create a very informal and casual living style. Their popularity waned in the late 20th century as neo-eclectic house styles, a return to using historical and traditional decoration, became popular. However, in recent years the ranch house has been undergoing a revitalization of interest.

Preservationist movements have begun in some ranch house neighborhoods as well as renewed interest in the style from a younger generation who did not grow up in ranch-style houses. This renewed interest in the ranch house style has been compared to that which other house styles such as the Bungalow and Queen Anne experienced in the 20th century, initial dominance of the market, replacement as the desired housing style, decay and disinterest coupled with many of teardowns, then renewed interest and gentrification of the surviving homes.[1]