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5 Lucky Lane | SOLD

5 Lucky Lane Asheville NC-small-004-Front-666x442-72dpiKelly and I are thrilled to announce that this cool property, the infamous Lucky Lounge, has been officially sold and the sellers are excited to be venturing on to other modern properties. We loved having the opportunity to help transition this home into new and caring┬áhands. If you don’t remember the details here is a link to my original story on this Deck House. It is worth another read given the unique features. Congrats and thank you to everyone involved!

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From Lucky Lane to Windsor Avenue


We love seeing our sign on Windsor Avenue in Lakeview Park. Having been at our listing at 5 Lucky Lane numerous times we often forget that the property extends all the way down to Windsor Avenue while enjoying the view from above. The nature of the lot offers the home privacy and unobstructed views while being in a great walkable neighborhood. It is the best of both worlds.

Deck House 101: An Introduction

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In Asheville we have several homes that are known originally as Deck Houses. I often walk by them on my hikes through Lakeview Park and the Grove Park neighborhoods. NC Modernist Homes provides a quick overview of this style of home with examples ┬áhere. Deck House, Inc. was founded by William J. Berkes in 1960 to provide a quality house of excellent design for a reasonable investment. Berkes states that, “without sacrifice to twentieth century living standards, the Deck House meets every measure of architectural integrity — purity of line, aesthetic satisfaction, the use of fine materials in their natural state.”

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To go a little deeper into their original creation and philosophy the original Deck House book uses the following language – “the Deck Home is an excellent example of organic architecture, achieving its objective of fusing form and function. It is designed primarily for livability, and combines the strengths of the past with the best advances of the present. An early contention of ours which continues into our present thinking is that no designer-builder can quite accurately claim to build homes. Houses are created by architects and builders. Homes are made by families. The primary interest of Deck House is to design and build the kind of house that will offer maximum potential in home-making possibilities.”Deck House-2-7

“There are also the more subtle psychological urgings often contradictory, as in the wish to be free, uncaged, and yet to be enveloped and protected — to be an intimate witness to a winter storm, and yet be sheltered and warm — to live as a nonconformist, and yet to be accepted as a respected citizen of the community. Taking such human needs to be the legitimate concern of architects, we made the satisfaction of these needs the underlying premise of the Deck House concept.”

“The Deck House is a perfect blend of aesthetics and function. Materials that provide color, warmth and texture are, at the sometime, rugged structural elements.”deck-10wayside-2

“Posts and beams were utilized in colonial days and withstood the test of rigorous New England winters. Used today, this same construction permits window walls and open spaces. When properly planned, this liberal use of glass helps warm the house as well as admitting light and offering views at every turn of stair and corner. Mahogany millwork, cedar decking, and beams of Douglas Fir are both rich and practical, requiring a minimum of upkeep. Massive brick chimneys offer texture to balance the smooth gleam of glass.”


“The floor plan of the Deck House is designed t respect the individual as well as the family — the child’s need for privacy as well as the adult’s. There are spacious, light-washed areas for family and friends to gather, and smaller, more intimate places away from the mainstream for solitude.”

I’ll be doing a case study here in Asheville soon and exploring all the quality construction details, engineering, natural materials and even green features of this cool mid-century home type. Stay tuned!