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Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 8.33.28 AMHi Folks. Be sure to check out Roost’s new Facebook page and like it if you want to stay tuned on many new projects and updates on old ones. Cheers! Troy

peregrine 04 | the Evolution of a Box

Kelly and I have been watching Roost’s peregrine series of homes under development for several years. Starting with peregrine 01 {below} on Westover with its corten steel siding — we loved the one level, age in place, easy to maintain concept, 115 Westover Compalong with the efficient box layout and clean, modern aesthetic. Over time David Way has perfected the concept and we have watched it grow and expand as he recently completed peregrine 05 in Lakeview Park.767 Caribou Rd Asheville NC-small-001-Front-666x445-72dpi

Here we see peregrine 04 {above} which takes on some of the massing characteristics of the surrounding ranch neighborhood. He has added the two car garage, front picture window and porch with the biggest volume facing the street similar to the home’s neighbors. The 2200 sqft home retains the efficient one-level living, but adds a split bedroom plan with a spa master bath and custom roost closets. Want to see a bit more? Take the tour here.767 Caribou Rd Asheville NC-small-018-Living Room-666x443-72dpi

peregrine 05 {below} will be on the Parade of Homes this October with the Asheville Home Builders Association. David, Kelly and I will be there to talk to you about these custom, modern homes in the afternoons of October 11, 12, 18 or 19. Stop and see us! In the meantime if you want to know more give us a call at 828-771-235021 St Charles Pl Asheville NC-small-002-Front-666x445-72dpi

MAKE YOUR MODERN | Grandma’s Ranch Gets Its Groove Back

As you already know, Kelly and I are big fans of ranch homes. They are one of our specialties. Why? They offer one-level living, simple lines, ease of remodeling and are often in relaxed and established neighborhoods closer to town. Many people quickly look past them, but we see blank boxes for creating cool pads. As most of our clients are looking for that rare modern in Asheville we see it as an untapped resource. Between Kelly, myself and our team of designers and builders – we have helped find unique ways in achieving this. And let’s not forget our visionary and adventurous clients as well!IMG_2980In this case, Dave and Suzanne Donovan, were looking to leave their new, modern home in town and for wide open spaces to roam with their dogs, horses and motorcycles. We found them a 2400 sqft, 1967 vintage ranch overlooking the rolling hills of Fairview with nothing, but open skies, peace and quiet. This “Grandma Ranch”, as Kelly affectionately calls them, was suffocating from decades of traditionalization. However, with our mod-vision glasses, the four of us gazed beyond the crown moldings, printed wall paper and chopped up spaces.

Living CompAs with most ranches this one had divided living spaces. The first priority was to open it up for a flowing entertainment space with views out both sides of the home. Along with the layout, David Way brought his vision to the brick fireplace and clad it to match the kitchen and dining area cabinets to make the spaces sleek and seamless. Kitchen CompOnce the entry, living room, kitchen and dining area became one it was time to pull down the jello molds from the kitchen walls along with the 90’s Home Depot cabinets. Again, our designer/builder, David Way, was able to design and fabricate a custom kitchen that brought simple lines, elegance and efficiency to the space. Suzanne and Dave’s eye for details brought the modern bling with choices in tile, light fixtures and furnishings. Overall, a cool collaboration between designer and owner. Master Bath CompWith few exceptions most 60’s ranches have a tight master bath by today’s standards. Even with the current trend of downsizing from the extensive master baths of the past 20’s years, one still has to remove walls and closets to fit in a minimal spa style bath. Here the old tub was removed to allow for a sensuous shower for two. Sexy! Front CompThe exterior was stripped down, given a Silkwood shower and completely redressed. Dated roof shingles were covered with standing seam metal, shutters were removed and both brick and trim were given tone on tone paint to streamline the facade more seamlessly. A new front door was purchased to give it that cool, retro pop that was lacking in the quiet ranch.

In the end I know Dave and Suzanne could not be happier having adopted and saved this stray rancher. From all reports they may actually stay and not move again. {Bummer!} Kelly, myself and David Way enjoyed playing with them on this project and helping them stitch together a modern nest in the fields of Fairview. Cheers to the team!

Want to see more? Watch this little slide show and pick up a few more details.

For more of our articles on remaking ranch homes here in Asheville click here.

Need help with making your own modern in the mountains? You have a phone — call us! 818.771.2350.

Roost Rancher

Roose - Caribou FrontKelly and I were showing a real estate client some mid-century homes in south Asheville yesterday and stopped by to take a quick peek at Roost’s most recently completed project. This modern home reinterprets the ranch home for today.

SNEAK PEEK: Peregrine #5


I made my fifth stop to David Way’s latest home under construction in Lakeview Park. Here is just a quick peak for now. I’ll be writing more on this greatly expanded, age-in-place, Peregrine styled home. For more information on David’s Pergrine homes go to my Facebook page albums here.

SOLD: 5 Colonial Place

Colonial PLace mainSale Price: $340,000

Size: 1710 sqft

Features: 3 Beds + 2 Baths

I was happy to find that this compact and clever infill house had recently sold. My past clients and I have been a big fan of David Way’s Pereguine urban prototype home and have been watching its evolution over the years. After touring I thought that this one was his best yet. Everything was thoughtfully refined including the scale, space planning, material choices, cool construction details such as the industrial guttering, and the great rear outdoor living space. It felt complete and…well…just really sexy.

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Here is how the listing agent had described it. “You have heard it before but….this is a true must see. It will hook you the moment you open the door. Cypress/tile exterior, hardwood, porcelain and ceramic interior. From the porcelain surround fireplace with hearth bench to the white quartz counters and exquisite cabinetry this home will surely hook the discerning buyer. Tremendous lighting, state of the art appliances,upscale faucets, spa like master suite. Come take a look at this jewel.”

For more on David’s designs visit The Roost Store. Or give me a call for an introduction to this cool home style unique to Asheville.

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MAKE YOUR MODERN | Grove Park Ranch

Grandma’s House Gets Modern Updates 

David Way of Roost, LLC gave me a call today while he was putting the finishing touches on a very traditional ranch house not far from the Grove Park Inn. As I have only spoken to David about the new homes he builds, I don’t think he was aware of my passion for ranch homes and their livability. He soon found out as I was on site in ten minutes. After all, he was in my hood.

I caught David outside scanning his Mac on top of some discarded cabinets along the drive.  As is typical of many ranches in our mountain town, the garage is on the lower level. This means the homeowner is often greeted by an unfinished basement when they arrive home navigating ceilings of dangling fiberglass insulation through a sea of gray concrete. David easily carved out a new downstairs entry that was well lit with new recessed lighting and had a surprisingly nice looking ceramic tile on the floor that he found at Home Depot for $2 per tile. Deal! In the process he framed out a new office and laundry for the owners adding extra square footage and useful rooms with better access.

The stairway was now well lit and open, drawing you upward into a new living space created from deconstructing a narrow corridor of doors, a typical ranch house issue. The house, having given up a few walls, offered a flowing lifestyle from kitchen to hall to living to outdoors. You could hear a collective sigh of relief from the owners who can now breathe in the openness of their relaxing new space bouncing with good chi. Cabinets, flooring, fireplace and lighting were all new of course, sporting a blend of contemporary styling. Sweet.

Though ranch homes are very predictable in their challenges, they offer compact one level living that is so desirable by my clients today. Asheville has a variety of wonderful established neighborhoods that offer walkability and close proximity to amenities. Thanks, David, for giving us a peak!

For more information on ranch home remodeling in the area search my blog or call me for some insight on good areas for buying and design resources for remodeling.

Article and Photos by Troy Winterrowd

More For Less

An Interview with Builder – David Way

At last I was able to spend some time with David Way, a local builder who has found a way to create efficient and smart homes here in Asheville.  Over the years I have toured his homes in Montford and East Asheville and have remarked on how functional and fun they are.  Building upon challenging infill lots he constructs something lightlivable and inspiring.

He has recently completed this modern spec home for owner Chris Barlas (right).  Chris owned a flag lot near UNC and wanted to build a rental house there.  I asked Chris why he picked David to build his home.  Chris says, “I have been watching homes for two years and every time I saw a house I liked it had been built by David Way.”  David and Chris both enjoyed working together and admitted the process was entirely smooth.  David likes to keep the process organic so things can change as they come up allowing for owner input.

David has been tinkering with home design since high school.  It was his preferred subject for doodling.  He was constantly reviewing architecture magazines and was fortunate to work for an architect during high school.  Following he earned a 2 year degree in construction before working for a developer for a few years.  There he learned a lot about construction efficiencies.  He now works on his own and has two other guys that work with him.  They have a workshop where they like to do all the millwork and specialty finishes for his projects.


Some of the signature traits of David’s homes are 2 x 6 framework, 9 foot ceilings, double insulated windows, tankless water heaters and tavern grade wood floors.  His goal is to build long lasting, durable and efficient homes for his clients.  Even though David’s talent clearly shows through his aesthetic his favorite compliment is how little his clients need to adjust the thermostat.