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Modern Asheville Is #3

Yeah! Modern Asheville Real Estate was the #3 Team in the Carolinas within all the offices at Keller Williams. And congrats to our friends on the Matt and Molly Team. Cheers!

Modern Mixer Tonight

We spoke to Florence and she says, “Let’s mix it up tonight!”. Come by between 5 and 7pm and visit this Mod home here. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

Modern Mixer Season is Here!

Hi Folks! Our Modern Mixer season is just starting up for the fall. {Yeah!} We have two upcoming social gatherings for your enjoyment. The first is at one of the newest and coolest modern styled homes in West Asheville this Thursday night. Come take a tour. Go here for more info.

And mark your calendars for Oct 1 for our next social here. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

FOR SALE | Timberpeg Mountain Home

3 Bedroom | 3.5 Bath | 3,394 SQFT | 4.35 Acre Mountain View Lot

Check out our newest listing! Escape to your perfect mountain lifestyle in this beautifully constructed Timberpeg Post and Beam home. The livable home creates an open and warm environment with the exposed wood construction centered by a rare Tulikivi soapstone fireplace. From the gracious front porch to dramatic deck with distant mountain view and both screened and sleeping porches you can live both indoor and out here. As with many homes the kitchen is the heart and it is true here with this custom cooks kitchen. With both a master suite on the main level and master loft suite on the upper level there are multiple ways to live here. Lower level living space is versatile to be a bedroom, family room or large off. Finished workshop powered for all your needs. A list of the home’s many upgraded mechanics, energy systems and quality construction details can be provided for you — just ask! Whole house generator. Just a jump to the Asheville airport and South Asheville amenities and entertainment. Come and live out your mountain dreams!

Call us for a detailed listing package or to schedule a private tour. In the meantime take the tour here. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

The Cabin

This past Labor Day got us thinking about escaping into nature. What is more natural given the beautiful environment we live here in Asheville? Today’s modern cabin has lost its Lincoln Log look and has evolved in every direction under the tree filtered sun. We’ve long been collecting architectural inspiration at Modern Asheville on our Pinterest page. So, relax and go here and slip quietly into cabin dreamland. Happy Hump Day!

FOR SALE | West Asheville Modern Home

3 Bedrooms  |  3.5 Bathrooms  | 2028 SQFT  | . 13 Acre

We are excited to introduce this new modern home to the real estate marketplace. The east West Asheville home has a sophisticated Scandinavian aesthetic featuring clean lines, great natural light and exceptional design. Open concept main level with soaring ceilings, fireplace, sleek kitchen, and chic master suite has great exterior spaces for outdoor living. In front, the balcony is accessible from both main living area and master while out back, a private covered patio flows into a fenced back yard. Custom white oak stairway/railing with glass surround provides access to the lower level with family/media room, two en-suite bedrooms, alternate mudroom entrance and 2nd covered patio. Mindful design choices are found throughout from the architectural lighting, floating vanities, and ample closets to details such as trimless windows, 2 laundry areas, high-end finishes and smart features. All designed to use for family, friends, office and/or rental. Location in east West Asheville is walkable to Haywood corridor and River Arts District with easy highway access.

Want to see more? Go here. Or give us a call for more information and a personal tour. Cheers! Kelly and Troy

Flea 4 Y’all | SUNDAY

Yeah! This Sunday, August 26th is the Flea 4 Y’all once again and time to make room for some new vintage and mid-century treasures and custom crafts. Need to know more? Get the skinny here. Cheers! Troy and Kelly

The Ranch House Revisited


Given the current downsizing and one level living trends the Ranch House finds itself looking a bit more appealing these days. Originally, created for its efficient scale, floorplans and ease of living it may have a brighter future stoked by this gloomy time. In the past decades we have seen homes grow in size to where a master bedroom has become the size of what once would be sufficient for a living room. Do we ever ask ourselves why we need all this size?  Is bigger always better?

You will find that we are fans of the Ranch Home.  I am not sure if it is due to the fact that we grew up in Ranch Homes in the 60’s and 70’s or that today I have learned to downsize and have a simple home that allows more freedom for the rest of my life.  Either way we urge you to take another look at that understated  house you drive by everyday and consider what it might do for you.

Renovating A Ranch Style House

Thinking about how to renovate ranch style houses leads to all kinds of possibilities if you have the foresight to see the potential. Ranch style houses are not always seen as a historic style home worthy of restoration, yet they are integral to mid-century American style. Often these homes are remodeled; stories added, and the unique look of the structure is muddled beyond recognition. While they did have some negative design characteristics, overall the homes illustrated the love of sleek modernism that was the byword of the 1950s and 1960s. The best renovations will honor the style of the original home.

History of the Ranch Style

Ranch style architecture was not born in the tract homes of the late 1950s. It began far earlier than that, in San Diego, California. The first ranch style home was built in 1932 by a California architect named Cliff May. Born in 1909, May was fascinated by the homes that were built by the early Mexican settlers in California. These homes were horizontal in nature and seemed to pull the landscape into the home to create and integrated living area.

Characteristics of a Ranch Style Home

The homes wer meant to be sleek, easy to clean, and leave time for the owners to pursue their interests. Materials were natural. Stone and brick were often brought into the home as design elements. Home interiors were open and included glass doors to patios which allowed the patio to be used as another room.
Other design elements are:

  • – Horizontal lines
  • – Living areas at the front of the house
  • – Smooth surfaces
  • – Paneling
  • – Picture windows
  • – Kitchen peninsulas
  • – Flat or low pitched roofs
  • – Smooth, hollow core doors
  • – Narrow layout
  • – Simple floor plans
  • – Attached garage

Good Bones

Before you begin to renovate, ranch style houses should be inspected carefully by a professional housing inspector.  It is very important that the foundation and the structure of the home be solid.  Other areas that should be brought up to date are:

  • – Plumbing
  • – Wiring
  • – Insulation
  • – Heating/Cooling System
  • – Drainage
  • – Roof

If all of these are in good condition, then you can move on to the renovation of your home.  Before you do, you might want to consider the neighborhood.  Is it one you want to live in or continue to live in?  This is something to decide before you invest a lot of money to renovate a ranch style house.

Steps to Renovate Ranch Style Houses

  • Make a list of the characteristics of your home that you love.  These are things you will want to keep.
  • Make a list of your current needs.  More space?  Bigger Kitchen?
  • Figure out how much you can afford to spend on a renovation.
  • Decide how much you can realistically do yourself.
  • If you will be making major changes in structure then talk to an architect about your plans.
  • Find a general contractor to handle the things you will not be doing yourself.
  • Check with your city about permist and licenses.

Tips for Ranch Style Renovation

  1. Try to use building materials similar in looks to those used to construct the existing home when any additions that are made.  This helps create continuity.  For example, Victorian style trim would look silly on a sleek ranch style home, while chunky Craftsman details would weigh it down.
  2. Think carefully before you decide to add a second story.  You will lose the look of the ranch and you will also lose some of the convenience of one floor living.
  3. Using natural finish wood on the floors is a wise investment and seems to be attractive to buyers.  Wood floors go well with this style of home.
  4. Don’t underestimate the ability of landscaping to improve the curb appeal of your home.  This is especially tru of Ranch style homes.
  5. Changes should fit into the style of the home.  Many architects believe that changing the exterior look of the home should be avoided if at all possible.
  6. If the home has a basement this can be the perfect place to pick up extra space.  Finishing it off and turning it into an office, den , or bedrrom will get the addition you need with out the expense of changing the exterior.
  7. A garage is oftern another area that can be finished and turned into a room.
  8. Renovating kitchends and bathrooms is always a good investment, and while your’re at it, replace appliances with Energy Star rated aplliances to save money and gree your home. Take a look at some of our other blog post on remodeling ranch homes in our area.

Much of this article provided by “About.com’s Home Improvement”.

Modern Monday

How about this bit of inspiration from the west to start off your week? 

Teton Valley Residence | American studio Ro Rockett Design has completed a family retreat in the wilderness of Idaho, which sits on a stone base to avoid flooding and provide the best views of the surrounding landscape. See the rest here and have a great week. Cheers!

Brady Bunch House Restoration

As you probably have already heard the Brady Bunch home in California has been purchased by HGTV where they will fully restore the home to its 70’s glory. Having both grown up with this show prominent in our lives and both having lived in the San Fernando Valley at different times it does our own hearts some good today. Read more about it here. Cheers!

FOR SALE | Urban North Asheville Bungalow

3 Bedrooms | 1 Bath | 1,438 SQFT | Porch with Views

Today, we are pleased to bring you this cool, convenient and charming bungalow with mountain views walkable to many North Asheville amenities or UNCA. This sweet home flows from the kitchen, dining to interior living room before opening to the outside taking full advantage of our mountain seasons and indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Watch the sunrise over Sunset mountain from your wrap-around front porch or end the day entertaining around your conversation fire pit. Cool updated kitchen and bathroom highlight this home. Also, a newer roof and tankless water heater make this home ready to go. Various off street parking off either Larchmont near carriage style storage or shared drive to 1 car tandem garage.

Want to see more? Kindly visit here. Or call Kelly and Troy for a personal tour. Cheers!

SUNDAY | Flea 4 Y’all

Yeah! This Sunday, July 29th is the Flea 4 Ya”ll. Make room for some new vintage and mid-century treasures. Need to know more? Get the skinny here. Cheers! Troy and Kelly