Congratulations to Greg McGuffey of Earthtone Builders! He won two awards tonight at the Asheville Home Builders Association’s Parade of Homes awards banquet. The first was a Silver Award for Craftsmanship in his home size category. The second was for constructing the most energy-efficient home on the Parade this year. Yeah! Stop by this weekend and see the home and give kudos to Greg. The Modern Asheville team is super proud and happy for you Greg. Cheers!
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Paint 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.
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!
Kelly and I were lucky enough to get a tour of one the latest residential constructions in Kenilworth. The modern home is being built by our friend Greg McGuffey of Earthtone Builders. Greg, along with his artist client, took on the bold challenge of building a uniquely concrete house made entirely from Superior Walls. The walls are exposed to the exterior, along with corten steel and reclaimed wood. Exposing structural concrete first originated the stylistic term of Brutalism in architecture.
Brutalism, as it became known, flourished from the 1950’s to the 70’s. The style was for its functionality and expression of materiality. This term did not originate from the word “brutal”, but from the french words “beton brut” or raw concrete used by Le Corbusier and then transposed into “Brutalism” by architecture critic Reyner Banham.
While the idea of a concrete home may seem severe the home is actually graceful as it carves out a flowing and livable container tucked into the steep sloped lot. The main living space of the home is generous and light filled carving out views into nature. Access paths to the home for both cars and feet are cleverly carved out through use of Ecology Blocks, oversized concrete blocks made from leftover concrete from returning trucks. Kelly and I loved these and imagine how these will look when aged and juxtaposed with the natural environment as it grows in.
The upper level is 3 bedrooms and 2 baths within 1600 sqft. The 900 sqft lower level will have the garage/ceramics studio and an additional bathroom. The Superior walls of the home have an R value of 32 and hold up the substantial roof. The roofing is a TPO membrane and is designed to hold a future living roof and potential solar panels.
While the artist wanted to retain much of the forest surrounding her home it was challenging given the nature of the lot itself. The wood removed was reused in the construction. Locust was used for two of the individual desks off of the bedrooms. Poplar is being used in the eaves of the roof, for the kitchen cabinetry and shelving and, lastly, as inlays into the concrete floor of the home.
Even prior to construction completion the concrete home has a timeless permanence about it. It is a refreshing change from current standardized construction going on in the area. It is a big risk doing something different, but the reward is a solid, low maintenance home that is unique unto itself and will age well while blending into the natural environment. Well done!