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SOLD | Home for an A-Frame

Yeah! This week Greg and Aubrie of Earthtone Builders closed on a sweet piece of mountain land to build their A-frame escape home. We are so happy for them and excited to watch their dream come to life. Cheers! Troy and Kelly

FOR SALE | 51 Shelburne Woods Dr.

C:DropboxProjects-TempShelburne WoodsMarketing3DBackYard.pdA NEW LEVEL OF MODERN LIVING

“Earth Friendly” doesn’t have to be “Earthy.” Mindful modern design lives as lightly as any concerned steward of our planet plus a whole lot shinier. Clean design rooted in the form and function ideals of Breuer and Neutra avoids the gravity of excess. A home can be both incredibly cool and quietly step back creating a stage for carefree living. We like to say, “Less House ~ More Life!”C:DropboxProjects-TempShelburne WoodsMarketing3DStreet.pdf

This community of nine consciously designed homes, Shelburne Woods, is nestled in nature against the woods and greenway and between the lively urban corridor of West Asheville and the active outdoor corridor of the French Broad River. The homes are a collaborative effort by award winner’s Mountain Sun Builders and Rusafova-Markulis Architects. Together they will be carefully crafted to steward a new level of life sustaining modern homes for active earth beings of any age.C:DropboxProjects-TempShelburne WoodsMarketingElevations2.p

4 Bedrooms  |  3.5 Baths  |  2035 SQFT  |  MLS#3176992

51 Shelburne Woods Dr is the first home to hit the market. The three level, quality home is designed with simplicity and maximum efficiency in mind. Open Main Level Living with both 2 bedrooms up and 2 down. The home’s placement is designed to maximum an urban style neighborhood while remaining private from the inside out. The homes are designed to be Green Built NC Platinum Rated and Net Zero. C:DropboxProjects-TempShelburne WoodsMarketingSite.pdf

The nine homes are located in their own private cul-de-sac, backing up to Rhododendron Trail Greenway leading to Hominy Creek. Easy access to the highway and everywhere!Shelburne Woods Map (cropped)

Reach out to Troy and Kelly for more information on these cool new homes. Cheers!

Parade of Homes | 108 Hudson St.

Hi Folks! There is soooooooo much going on this month as far as events. We at Modern Asheville Real Estate are trying to keep up. Between AIA Lectures, the Flea for Y’all, Blue Ridge Pride and another Modern Mixer on our calendars we are booked. Included in that is the upcoming Builder’s Parade of Homes over the next two weekends. The Modern Asheville team will be hosting, along with Greg McGuffey, Earthtone Builder’s newest construction at 108 Hudson St in West Asheville.108 Hudson St Asheville NC-small-001-73-Front of Home-666x445-72dpi

The 1480 sqft, 3 bedroom and 2 bath home is a rare one-level, new build home for West Asheville which is what most of our clients are looking for as they age in place over time. The quality, green home Greg thoughtfully designed is earth friendly, light, airy and low maintenance which will keep it low-cost and 108 Hudson St Asheville NC-small-014-45-Kitchen-375x500-72dpisustainable. The completed home will be Near Net Zero and come with a NC Green Built Gold Certificate. In detail, it features concrete floors with radiant heat, concrete counters, vaulted ceilings, bonus loft, stainless appliances and fixtures and topped off with a galvanized metal roof and 5Kw grid-tied solar system. It should be a home our client can live easily and lightly in for decades to come.

You can visit the home, meet Greg and catch up with us over the next two weekends from 1pm to 5pm each weekend day. Or take the tour here. And stay tuned for Modern Mixer details to come. Cheers!

Modern Sneak Peek | Hudson St. Update

IMG_2076Paint is being applied, cabinets and ceramic tile are going in and lighting is being installed. Yes, the finishing touches have begun at Earthtone Builder’s Hudson St. project. The original spec home began in mid-April and now is on the road to completion for the Builder’s Tour this fall and for our happy buyer to move in. Builder Greg McGuffey has been mindfully managing the process along the way.Comp 01

We stopped by for a quick tour, along with, Princeton modern fans Shelly and Sean. Greg walked all of us through the net zero, single level, 3 bedroom home being added to the growing West Asheville landscape. The roof slope becomes both the base for the southern facing solar panels and the container for the open living space with the additional loft. Stayed tuned for final updates and information on the early fall builder’s tour. Cheers!IMG_2085

Ciel | Crafted Modern Home

Comp o1Last Friday, Kelly and I were fortunate enough to get a private tour of Ciel’s latest spec home under construction. The 4800 sqft home is the latest in quality, luxury homes that make up the distinctive legacy being developed by David Zimmerman. David has selected the designers, builders and artisans for these mindfully crafted homes nestled above Asheville. The top floor of this home will be a soaring master suite with a treehouse spa bath and a ready to go elevator shaft if needed. Once completed I’m imagining it should prove a worthy and sexy hideaway for the next James Bond film. comp

The build is being led by Brad Rice of Bellwether. The home was originally designed by Retro-Fit Design and interiors are to be specified by Allard & Roberts. Above you can see the Cypress siding going up on the exterior. The wood is treated with a long-lasting green finish to both preserve it and allow it to turn a rich, warm gray blending with the surrounding trees. The team hopes to complete the home by June of this year. Kelly and I look forward to another tour in a few months. If you want to know more regarding this available home email us at hello@modernasheville.com. Cheers!

Parade of Homes | Peregrine 05 by Roost

21 St Charles Pl Asheville NC-small-001-Front-666x445-72dpiPeregrine 05, as David Way of Roost refers to it, is the latest in a developing series of Roost homes that evolved over the past decade. Having seen Peregrine 04 at the Parade of Homes a couple of years back, David’s clients sought him out to design a version on their lot in the Lakeview Park neighborhood. What evolved was an expanded and highly customized 2000sqft version adding in an equal amount of outdoor living space.Peregrine Comp

The Peregrine line of homes originated from the need to cleverly pack a lot of home in an efficient, one-level living space. Peregrine 01 in Montford was a 3 bedroom and 2 bath home constructed in 1400 sqft of indoor living space. Two outdoor living spaces were carved out of both ends of what is basically a box. Typically, the outdoor spaces are sheltered by a strong horizontal canopy.

21 St Charles Pl Asheville NC-small-005-Front-666x443-72dpiToday’s Peregrine 05 is approximately 2000 sqft with a luxurious owner’s suite on one end and extended canopies to shelter the outdoor living spaces. As with all Peregrine homes they are built with quality from core to finish. The framework begins with 2×6 construction, and engineered floor joists and subflooring. Walls are further tightened packed with formaldehyde free insulation.21 St Charles Pl Asheville NC-small-027-Kitchen-666x443-72dpi

For finish details Roost’s own cabinetry shop provided all the cabinetry throughout the home including Roost’s exclusive closet system. The home features extensive hidden storage in both the living space and owner’s suite. They even crafted the built-in master bed with hidden storage. Many of the cabinets are finished off with their own line of cabinet pulls.21 St Charles Pl Asheville NC-small-032-Closet-666x443-72dpi

Curious to see more? You can view the online tour or, better yet, come get the skinny on this cool home during the upcoming Asheville Home Builder’s Association’s Parade of Homes. You’ll be able to see all the finished details no shown here. David and the owner, Joy, will be there to answer any questions. Kelly and I will be there to assist them. You can stop by on either Oct. 11, 12, 18 or 19 from Noon until 5pm. To find out more on the complete tour click here. We all hope to see you there. Cheers!

Building the Best Affordable House

I thought this was a great little article for those in the process of designing and building their dream homes. We find people tend to get carried away with some of their choices. Here are some guidelines that might work for you. Cheers! Troy

10 Tips for Getting the Most House for Your Money

by Fernando Pages Ruiz from Fine Homebuilding Magazine

Despite over 30 years of home building experience, there is one home I have never built, and that’s a home with an unlimited budget. Every project has price constraints, but even a tight budget does not necessarily mean you must sacrifice the elements that will turn an affordable house into your dream home. To help you save money without compromising too much, I have compiled a list of the top ten things you can do to build an affordable home on any budget:

1. Build a two-story: The two most expensive parts of any house are the foundation and the roof. When you build two stories, you can double the floor area while halving the costly square footage of the foundation and the roof.
IMG_22782. Think inside the box: The least expensive homes are simple rectangles and squares. You can add curb appeal with great colors and a few attractive architectural flourishes, such as great front porch.
3. Keep the roof simple: Complex roof lines not only add significant cost, but the risk of future leaks. A simple, not too steep roof will protect your investment over time.
4. Centralize the plumbing: Make sure to plan your heavy plumbing areas, including kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms in close proximity to each other, reducing the cost of running costly plumbing pipes all over the house.
5. Spend more on insulation: A well sealed and insulated house will not only save energy in the long run, it will save you money today by reducing the amount you must spend on larger heating and air-conditioning equipment.
6. Mix and match: Don’t limit your appliance and fixture choices to one brand. It’s perfectly okay to combine brands to buy best-deal appliances and fixtures. I recommend stainless-steel finishes, which mirror surrounding colors.
7. Upgrade later: If you’re going to cheap out, go cheap only on easy to replace items, such as surface mount light fixtures and vanity faucets, but never on built-ins, such as the tub and shower valve, and recessed lights.
8. Phase the finishes: To get high-end finishes you want now but cannot afford, just phase them in over time. Plan your ideal finishes but break the work (and expense) down into stages. You can finish a kitchen without cabinet knobs and pulls and install them next year, or paint the countertop backsplashes and tile it later.
9. A room with a view: Small homes, unless you open them up with a view outdoors. Place large, picture windows in direct view as you enter a room, and it will feel larger. Don’t have a great view? Create one with lattice work and vines, a
small fountain or a small patch of flowers.
simple-patio_lg10. Bring the outdoors inside: An easy way to make small entertainment areas work overtime is to expand them by adding relatively inexpensive decks and patios with direct access to living and family rooms.



Modern Asheville 2 Modern Atlanta

IMG_4491Kelly and I were invited to attend the Modern Atlanta | Design is Human Week. Though we did not get to attend the full week given our extensive client load we were able to experience the two main events at the end of the week. MA Atlanta Comp 01

The first night we attended the product showcase at ADAC {Atlanta Decorative Arts Center}. Various builders, designers, artisans and products were showcasing their trades. We, also, attending a lecture on Product Design with national industrial designers. On Saturday we spent the day touring 11 modern residential properties. We talked with builders doing more modest structures using everyday materials and very high-end, luxurious homes using the latest products and finishes.  To see photos from our tour click hereMA Comp 02

A special thanks to Elayne DeLeo who heads Modern Atlanta and invited us to attend. What an amazing accomplishment. Thank you so much!

Modern Homes | From Suburbia to Beyond

From West to North Asheville and from Town Mountain Road to the southern slopes of Candler, there are numerous modern homes orbiting our earthly community — one for every guru in town. A few are in design phases while others are completing construction with moving trucks arriving around the corner. We haven’t seen this many contemporary residences under construction since the sixties.Mod Comp

One of our preferred builders is near completion on the stealthy Lakeview Park modern home above & left. {Stay tuned for more on this one} I have friends just framing up their Town Mountain contemporary neighboring the Governer’s western residence. You should see the quality framing going on there! We even have builders starting to market modern design options for homes in developing communities. Mercury is out of retrograde and Jupiter has aligned with Modern.

If you are interested in your own sleek nest you can always call your astrologer, but why bother the middle man when you have Kelly and myself. Reach out and let us help you make your modern here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Namaste Y’all!


FOR SALE – 20 Vandalia Ave. (Withdrawn from Market)

MLS# 458991    $229,900

1480 Sq/ft.  2 bedrooms & 2.5 baths

Listed by: Beverly-Hanks

Here is a brand new listing being sold as pre-construction in West Asheville.  Eco Lux Residences builders are creating some very affordable modern home designs between West Asheville and Chicken Hill.  Here is how the listing agent, Brandi Huffman, describes it,”The design and focus of this Energy Star pre-construction homes is to conserve energy and significantly reducing the energy needed to sustain the home.  Exquisite design, open floor plan, “Green” materials both inside and out and so much more.”

For more information regarding this property or any other modern property contact Troy at troy.winterrowd@realliving.com

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]