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FOR SALE | Danish Modern Style Cottage

Yesterday, we highlighted the influences of Scandinavian design and culture. It’s true — we are big fans at Modern Asheville. We gather inspiration on our Pinterest page regularly. Take a look here. Now we get to take it a step further by offering this listing for a unique Danish modern style cottage.Main with Title

MLS#3135891 | $360,000 | 3 Beds + 2.5 Baths = 2052 SQFT

This “pre-construction” package by a local design/build team here in Asheville blends European simplicity and sophistication reflected in the design inspiration photographs below. Inspiration Compwith Title

This minimal, modernist home called “the Field View” reflects that iconic shape of home, barn or shed in that Danish Modern style we love. The simplified details blending raw and basic materials creating a warm yet contemporary internal space. A neutral palette for material selections will bring in a regional aesthetic that when combined with contemporary elements reflect a modernist urban/rural refinement. 3 beds & 2.5 baths with great room on the main living space. The lower level is open use with flexibility in mind to adapt to your specific needs. See plans for this speculative home below to be located at 26 Blalock Ave in the Oakley neighborhood of east Asheville. Drawings Comp with Title

Maxey Andress {designer} and June Gartrell {builder} with some stewarding from the Modern Asheville Real Estate team, put together the vision for this home. Maxey and June have been working on remodeling homes here in Asheville, but this is their first speculative home here. They both have been involved in design/build work in the Southeast including new custom homes. Below is a brief sampling of their quality work. More samples and references are available upon request.Comp

Want more information on this home? Contact Troy or Kelly here for the full speculative package. We look forward to seeing this dream become reality.

Designing Our Future | 010

Less Charlotte | More Copenhagen

As a designer, realtor and resident of Asheville I have had fantasies that the development of our city was influenced by more European lifestyle models, as opposed to, American ones.
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I’m not alone in this thinking given multiple conversations with business partners, friends and neighbors. I’m particularly drawn to the design, cultural and sustainable influences of Scandinavian countries. Many times I’ve attempted to capture these thoughts over the years, but recently found these articles by Build LLC out of Seattle that seem to pick up on the spirit behind these thoughts.

“The principles that the Danes operate with and the philosophy that they exude seem to make for an ideal environment — a deliberate environment. What we learned about life and design while living in Scandinavia influences every house we design and every dinner party we throw”

As you read through these two articles, Studies, Scandinavia & Schnapps & 10 Things We Learned in Scandinaviathink about how it could apply to both the environment, culture and spirit of the city we love and the evolution into our shared future. How do you want to live and what do you want us to become? Proost!BUILD-051-500x375

 

Architect Maria Rusafova

Defining a Modern Asheville Aesthetic

I recently sat down with architect Maria Rusafova at her home in West Asheville. She is the first architect to respond to my formal request to define the qualities of a Western North Carolina modern design. However, the original idea and inspiration came from lengthy discussions with my friend and architect Brandon Pass. No doubt I will be discussing this with him soon.

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Maria and her husband have been in Asheville since 2000 following her graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Her brother lived here and – well — who can resist? Asheville worked given that Maria states she is drawn to modern, site sensitive and environmentally conscious designs. She, also, loves the creative challenge of designing aroundbeka1 tight budgets. How often do we hear that? Given the rich results of her own home and the client project she just finished in 5 Points neighborhood she definitely knows how to wrangle a lot – from minimal means. As you know, that always speaks to me.

Before I delve further into my discussion with Maria, let me remind you that my goal is not to define what modern is to WNC in black and white, but to note some common influences. Most of us, without being able to describe it, can intuitively feel when a modern building works within its context and doesn’t. The natural and organic design integrity creates a harmony that is almost timeless. In opposition, I’ve seen some out-of-state builders propose stucco and aluminum homes that capture a trendy modern aesthetic that is neither contextual nor timeless.

Back to Maria.

Big6Geographically, Maria, as most architects, has rarely seen a flat site here. Most are sloped and challenging. However, the challenges can offer useful layering of functions and separations from public to private or living to utilitarian.

Materials – there are many natural materials readily available here from stone, wood and metal that reflect our local geography and help to create a continuum with the natural world.

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When it comes to vernacular influences Maria is infatuated with both barn structures of our rural landscape and some of the simple, narrow and upright homes of our historic neighborhoods. There is calmness in breaking down a residential structure to a simple polygon, as opposed to, a myriad of roof lines. Big3Again, less is more. There is richness and freedom in something that is easy to identify.

Culturally, people are moving here for sense of community. A home no longer defines ones life, but something that steps back to offer the freedom to live other aspects of your life in a broader sense. So, freedom from financial constraints and maintenance are important to living the life we all want here — perhaps aBig12n extra dinner at the Admiral or time to hike the Blue Ridge with friends?

For me, Maria blends her understanding of context with her European sense of simplicity and efficiency. It is an appropriate blend that allows her to capture the nuances of locality while bringing a lightness to living appropriate for today. One can see this in the plans for her own home.

B14Maria was recently chosen by one of our real estate clients to help sensibly steward the updating needed to their original Bert King home. We will explore more on that and one of her other upcoming projects soon.

Cheers!

Troy