Tag Archives: contemporary

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

Make Your Modern | Home Story 04

California Sunset | Andrea and Lucy fell immediately in love with this property given the hidden location and context. While the home’s foundation sits on an urban hillside walkable to restaurants and downtown, the elevation allows it to live in up in the natural environment reminiscent of their life in Northern California. Here they get to enjoy both the urban and natural world. Ultimately, the San Francisco couple took what was a fifties ranch home and elevated it on many levels — vertically, functionally and aesthetically.

The main level of the ranch home was maximized by combining functions and offering spaces that could be either offices or entertaining spaces using that Danish style simplicity, lightness and unity. All rooms were opened up inside and outside creating expansiveness and a needed relationship with nature. The upper level addition was key in the requirements to provide both a private guest space and more importantly a writer’s retreat in the clouds for Lucy.

The end result for Andrea and Lucy is an approachable and joyful modern home that marrys the urban and natural context while bringing their own relaxed northern California vibe to our mountains.

TONIGHT | Who’s Afraid of Red?

Opening tonight from 5 to 8pm the Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to host 16 artists in a new exhibit by curator Barbara Fisher called Who’s Afraid of RED? The title is inspired by a series of Barnett Newman paintings called Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue.

This exhibit will explore the many meanings and associations to the color red: love, vitality, opulence, fire, the heart, the devil, blood, power, passion…. as well as the many uses of the word red in our language such as: red tape, red carpet, red-letter day, red herring, red ink, caught red-handed, red cent.  Also, because of the expense of the dye, red cloaks and hats have been worn as status symbols throughout history.  The associations are endless.Go HERE to find out the skinny. Cheers!

The Perfect Forever Home

We have been discussing this type of home for years given the need for smaller, smarter homes that live like a loft for both retirees and other couples living smaller. People are living differently and Asheville, for the most part, doesn’t have the homes that meet those needs. We would say the home featured in this article and video successfully captures what many people are looking for today. Susan and Charles Elder’s roots run deep in their neighborhood outside of downtown Houston. They moved into a starter house there in 1981, just six houses around the corner from the house Susan grew up in. Now after raising their kids and retiring they’ve built this amazing dream home.

Make Your Modern | Buyer Tour 37

Our Asheville home market offers many housing options, but we don’t have everything at all times and currently inventory is low. As realtors we are the tip of the iceberg to a larger team of resources to help you buy, remodel or build your tailored and edited nest here in the mountains. Whether it’s scouting out the illusive architectural designed home, a retro ranch to remake or industrial loft or condo — we can help! Below are three properties currently on the market that we feel offer potential to “Make Your Modern” lifestyle in the mountains. Want more? Ask us!

Support for Artist Eric Knoche

Hi Folks! As you know artists are a big part of our Modern Asheville community and we are all too happy to support them and what they bring to our Asheville area community. Eric Knoche, also, happens to be a neighbor to John and myself and suffered a big loss being housed in the old French Broad school which burned just down the street from us. In support we all are passing along his request for assistance. Thanks for any consideration. Cheers!

Greeting friends, colleagues and patrons,

Unfortunately I am writing today with some bad news:  On Feb 5, the building where I had my studio burned to the ground due to arson.  I lost all of my tools and equipment, all of my finished inventory, 15 years of sketchbooks and four months of finished but unfired work.

I am hesitant to ask for help, but have been encouraged to do so by my friends and colleagues.  So, if you would like to help me out, here are a few ways to do so.

1. Please consider contributing to the GoFundMe that my fiancé, Kristin, has helped me set up. We are hoping to raise $20,000. I will use this money to finish the small studio I started building on my land last year and also for living expenses as I begin from scratch to build a new body of work. If you would like to contribute to the GoFundMe Campaign, a link is here
I am grateful for contributions in any amount.

2. My gallery in Asheville, Blue Spiral 1, has generously offered to temporarily alter the terms of our agreement in my favor.  For the next two months Blue Spiral 1 is donating half of their share of the sales of my work back to me.  So if any of the work they have in their inventory appeals to you, purchasing it in the next two months is exceptionally beneficial to me.  You can see the work I have there here.  I am most grateful for all of the support I have received for my work over the years.

3. I could also really use some physical help.  If you live in western North Carolina and would like to donate a day or half day of your time I would really appreciate it.  Here is a list of things I need help with: Hanging drywall, eaves, painting and trim for the little studio I have been working on on my land; splitting wood for the kiln; other kiln prep; clay making; carpentry (rebuilding some of the tables and racks that were lost.  If you have a little extra time and would like to come help me, please reach out.

4. Please consider sharing with anyone you think might be interested.

(You can find some news articles if you google ‘”french broad school fire.”  They do get some details wrong but the overview is correct).

I’ve written a bit about the event on my website

Thanks so much for your continued support.  I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Eric

Make Your Modern | Story 03

Urban Mountain Home | Jonathan Bryant of Form Design Concept crafted this urban infill home to stand out in its West Asheville neighborhood. Refined and highly livable, this structure reflects modern Scandinavian mountain home designs. On the exterior, large spans of glass combine with rustic siding (reminiscent of Japanese “shou sugi ban”), integrating the home comfortably in its forested locale.

The interior living experience was carefully considered within the constraints of the tight urban lot. The lower entry is convenient to off-street parking and offers easy access for guests. The deck above floats in the trees while providing privacy from the street, and in the back, opens to a private covered patio enclosed by a fenced lawn for pets, play, and further escape from the public world. Window openings and light play to context from all directions to balance natural light with privacy.

Overall, the home provides a sleek luxury escape within a small urban footprint. The home was constructed by Steel Root Builders. Cheers! Troy and Kelly

 

Modern Asheville Real Estate | TOP 100

Yeah! We are on the list again. We are very grateful to our community and clients that make it so rewarding to do business here. And thanks to the Kim Winters team for making our job easier. Cheers to you and everyone who helped make 2018 so great. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

2019 Modern Tour Submissions

Hi All. This week is our last call for submissions for our Modern Tour. The folks at the Atlanta Design Festival and Modern Asheville are partnering again to host the annual Architecture Tour in Asheville, NC on Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10am – 4pm. We are looking for 5-6 excellent contemporary and modern projects to showcase. Projects will be published in the MA Design is Human Book and Tour Guide. 

Please include a description of the project including full address, architects, developers, designers, landscapers, etc. and photographers (if needed). Description should include special features and details of the home, LEED or Green features, plan design, any before and after information, etc. You can submit details HEREOnce the Design Festival folks receive your submission, MA! will reach out for photos and completion of the Tour contract. 

Did you see last years tour? If not take a quick look here! Give us a call if you have any questions. Thanks for your interest. Cheers! Troy and Kelly

Hotel Design | Placemaking for Locals

In discussing our changing downtown conversations, as we often do, always lead to the hotels and whether or not development is pushing locals out. Is there a way to accommodate both tourists and locals and is our current development doing that? While that is a challenging question, here are some interesting articles from hoteliers looking at that issue. Go here for Metropolis Magazine. Here. Also, here and here. Note that most of these articles are from the Hotels perspective creating and adding experiences to bring locals and doesn’t necessarily address the bigger urban planning aspect of what residents need downtown for living and working.

Happy New Years!

From Modern Asheville Real Estate | Yeah! I don’t know about you, but we leave 2018 feeling incredibly grateful for a successful year. 2019 promises some welcome changes in our world in support of our team. Kelly and I couldn’t be more excited. Our gratitude includes our life partners, friends and Modern Asheville community. Have a safe and loving holiday tonight and, as always, surround yourselves with those you love. Cheers from us! Kelly and Troy

FOR SALE | Rankin Press Investment Loft

1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | 519 SQFT | Extra Storage

We are pleased to bring this condo unit to the market place today. Great downtown Asheville turn-key investment offered with this cool, efficient and low maintenance condo in Rankin Press Lofts. Located in the heart of downtown just above coffee shops and restaurants this furnished condo is a ready to go investment as a short-term rental with great history. This loft style condo blends the best in historic and modern features mixing together brick walls and oak floors with stainless and concrete. The urban, industrial style home has 1 bedrooms, 1 bath and extra generous storage in basement.

Give Kelly and Troy a call for more information or to schedule a tour. In the meantime see the tour here. Cheers!