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Check out this brief article from our friends at Atomic Ranch on Modwalls — a tile company with a great mix of tiles for creating your midcentury kitchen or bath. And have a great Wednesday. Cheers!

Modern Monday | Rustic Kitchens

Do you own a 70’s or 80’s kit cabin retreat that needs refreshing? Or perhaps a new west Asheville townhouse style home you need to select finishes for? Check out this Houzz article out of the Northwest for inspiration. Northwest design is often an inspiration for us here in Asheville as our earthy cultures mirror our desire to connect indoors and outdoors while repurposing materials. Enjoy!

Details of an Architectural Kitchen

screen-shot-2016-10-08-at-7-10-07-amThis clean white kitchen is one of my most favorite styles of kitchens and typical of what you would see in a modernized architectural home. I thought it might be worth sharing this video today prior to the home tour to give you some thoughts to consider while touring other new and designed homes. There are some clever details here I hadn’t thought of previously. Enjoy the video here. Cheers!

A Modern Cottage Kitchen by Roost

IMG_7659Kelly and I are big fans of Roost made bathrooms and kitchens. We find each one, no matter the style, to have a refreshingly simple, clean and balanced aesthetic. David seems to know how to get the most out of minimal means. A modern mantra if there ever was one!

IMG_0269In this example, David was asked to redesign a kitchen for a fairly new {built in 2008} contemporary arts and crafts-ish, suburban home — the ones that seem to define new Asheville housing for the past decade. Loving the location, the clients called David to save them from the Home Depot styling they were immersed in.

David selected only three materials to create the palette for the kitchen: White Oak for the closet wall, cabinets, shelves and furniture, white subway tile for backsplash walls and white carerra marble for the counters and tabletop. Nothing new in materials, but it is that simple and sophisticated, Danish modern approach that makes it a home run. The kitchen perfectly blends retro cottage with urban industrial making it as historic and warm as it is clean and cool.Mardell Comp 1

The clients will now be able to walk into their kitchen via a small mudroom with places to lay down their bags, kick off their snow covered shoes and hang their parka. With the open shelving and flowing layout the Snowpocalpyse supplies can be stored in minutes. Gone is the dividing island from kitchen to living space replaced by a centralizing farmhouse table allowing more flow for living, working and gathering. Laundry and extra storage are tucked behind sliding barn doors to be opened or closed as needed.IMG_0266

Last, the ingenious and not readily apparent note about this kitchen is that David and his shop designed and built the kitchen elements so they could be flat packed and shipped. While it looks and sounds Ikea, in this case you receive quality, custom components that are solid wood through and through.IMG_0267

So, if you are looking to swap something sleepy and standard for something more life giving and “locally made” you may want to give Roost a call. I know we would. Cheers! Troy

Sally’s “Suburban to Urban” Kitchen Makeover

1-Spec-ialties-of-the-house1One of the things we keep saying is that someone needs to bring their vision to the world of 80’s and 90’s traditional suburban homes. The market is constipated with some of these unmovable, uninspired and outdated spaces. Flippers take note! For me it is an untapped market where differentiation is needed.

As it turns out, one our favorite people on Modern Asheville Real Estate‘s team of professionals, the fabulous and forthright Sally Spiegel, has been doing just that and has allowed Kelly and I to follow her along on this journey. I won’t go into everything here, but simply give you a glimpse of this inspired kitchen remodel and expansion. Enter here.10-GrandOpening2 Cheers! Troy

Real Estate | Design Layout

IMG_0500It was a beautiful day for Kelly and I to get out of the real estate office. One of our investor clients asked us to stop by their duplex units under construction to help layout the kitchens prior to plumbing being installed. With the help of Chett we planned 14ft of central wall cabinetry including the refrigerator and pantry cabinet with an 8ft island floating in front to make it the focal point of the living area and allow for maximum flow on all sides.