Kelly and I had the privilege of touring this home twice during construction right up until completion, along with, Elihu and Michael of Siegman Associates. As always, their ability to design with the site in mind stood out. The house flowed with the contours of the site both taking advantage of views and creating private garden spaces to maximize the indoor/outdoor living that we treasure here in WNC.
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Congrats to all the Designers, Builders and Craftspeople who won awards last night at the AHBA Awards Ceremony. There are lots of inspiring homes and work out there. Haven’t seen them yet? You still have this weekend for the Asheville Home Builder’s Association Parade of Homes. Get the skinny here. Cheers!
“Not-So-Utopian Futures: Solar & Climate Architecture of the 1950s”.
We are excited to share with you this great opportunity. What can we learn from cutting edge, sustainable mid-century modern architecture? On Thursday evening, November 1, AIA Asheville and CASE, present a lecture, “Not-So-Utopian Futures: Solar & Climate Architecture of the 1950s”. Networking and refreshments 5:00pm, lecture to begin at 6:00pm
The lecture, by Daniel A. Barber, will discuss how solar house heating methods and techniques of climatic design were essential aspects of the global architectural discussion in the period surrounding World War II. These “techno-cultural” developments produced novel designs that emphasized the role of architecture as a practice to present new ideas to connect the built environment with the natural environment.
For more information go here. We hope to see you there. Cheers! Kelly and Troy
Yeah! It is that time of year again for the Asheville Home Builder’s Association Parade of Homes. It starts this weekend so mark your calendars and get the skinny here. We will see you out there. Cheers! Troy and Kelly
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!
Check out this cool, convenient and charming bungalow with mountain views walkable to many North Asheville amenities or UNCA. This sweet home flows from the kitchen, dining to interior living room before opening to the outside taking full advantage of our mountain seasons and indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Watch the sunrise over Sunset mountain from your wrap-around front porch or end the day entertaining around your conversation fire pit. Cool updated kitchen and bathroom highlight this home. Also, a newer roof and tankless water heater make this home ready to go. Various off street parking options off either Larchmont near carriage style storage or shared drive to 1 car tandem garage.
Want to see more? Kindly visit here. Or call for a personal tour. Cheers!
Notable American Architect Robert Venturi recently passed away at the age of 93. For me he was a household name and figure I grew up with having driven by a local fire station he designed almost everyday in my youth in Columbus, Indiana.
The New York Times wrote this week: For much of the 20th century, “serious” architects, led by Le Corbusierand Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, favored unadorned surfaces and strictly geometric forms. But in his treatise “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture,” published in 1966, Mr. Venturi argued that ornament, historical allusions and even humor had a place in modern architecture. The book was a retort to Mies’s assertion that “less is more.” “Less is a bore,” Mr. Venturi wrote.
To see an overview on Venturi go here.
We spoke to Florence and she says, “Let’s mix it up tonight!”. Come by between 5 and 7pm and visit this Mod home here. Cheers! Kelly and Troy
This past Labor Day got us thinking about escaping into nature. What is more natural given the beautiful environment we live here in Asheville? Today’s modern cabin has lost its Lincoln Log look and has evolved in every direction under the tree filtered sun. We’ve long been collecting architectural inspiration at Modern Asheville on our Pinterest page. So, relax and go here and slip quietly into cabin dreamland. Happy Hump Day!
We are excited to introduce this new modern home to the real estate marketplace. The east West Asheville home has a sophisticated Scandinavian aesthetic featuring clean lines, great natural light and exceptional design. Open concept main level with soaring ceilings, fireplace, sleek kitchen, and chic master suite has great exterior spaces for outdoor living. In front, the balcony is accessible from both main living area and master while out back, a private covered patio flows into a fenced back yard. Custom white oak stairway/railing with glass surround provides access to the lower level with family/media room, two en-suite bedrooms, alternate mudroom entrance and 2nd covered patio. Mindful design choices are found throughout from the architectural lighting, floating vanities, and ample closets to details such as trimless windows, 2 laundry areas, high-end finishes and smart features. All designed to use for family, friends, office and/or rental. Location in east West Asheville is walkable to Haywood corridor and River Arts District with easy highway access.
Want to see more? Go here. Or give us a call for more information and a personal tour. Cheers! Kelly and Troy
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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don’t underestimate the ability of landscaping to improve the curb appeal of your home. This is especially tru of Ranch style homes.
- 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.
- 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.
- A garage is oftern another area that can be finished and turned into a room.
- 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”.