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Home Story 004 | Skyfall Lodge

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Being avid James Bond fans, our clients, photographer Parker Pfister and his wife Melissa, wanted to find their own countryside retreat when moving to the Asheville area. While far from being an English Tudor, the couple did find a contemporary Deltec home nestled into the edge of the woods in pastoral Leicester, thusly crowned Skyfall Lodge.29 White Eagle Way Leicester-small-003-Exterior-666x443-72dpi

Unlike an English Tudor home, the round shape with big and bright windows offered them views of both the trees and the mountains. They feel gently embraced by nature. 29 White Eagle Way Leicester-small-005-Living Room-666x443-72dpi

Here is how Deltec of Asheville describes their homes, “In a time where more and more technology separates us from our roots, many choose to retreat to nature and to the peace that can be found there. We are even incorporating this desire into our homes and homebuilding. What better way to escape from the rigors of our hectic lives than to retreat to a space designed with nature in mind?Int Comp

Utilizing many eco-friendly construction practices, Deltec allows homeowners to not only feel a kinship with the earth, but to tread lightly upon it as well. Circular homes bring another dimension into our lives, one that if often forgotten, the dimension of a beautiful space linking us with our forbearers’ send of free-living and connectedness to the earth.”

I asked Parker and Melissa what they loved about living here and most of their reflections revolved around nature and their relationship to it. Parker loves that the fireflies start their dance for his birthday in early June. July he looks forward to the Katydids singing at night. Far from machine gun fire, they enjoy sitting on the deck and hearing nothing but the wind in the trees or the laughter of friends when Parker is making his masterful barbecue.29 White Eagle Way Leicester-small-029-Deck-666x443-72dpi

While being a private retreat they both enjoy entertaining. The large deck and open kitchen allows them generous and easy options for friendly gatherings. And given that they are only 11 miles to downtown it is an easy commute for their guests to come and play. 29 White Eagle Way Leicester-small-010-Dining Room-666x443-72dpi

Some people may still ask “Why Deltec?” Since 1968, Deltec Homes has literally reshaped living. They have taken one of the most unique yet time-proven design concepts in history—the circular home—and added their own touch to create custom-designed, high performance homes that are adaptable, incredibly strong and affordable.

Every Deltec Home is built by using a combination of high-tech manufacturing techniques and old-fashioned craftsmanship. They build each home one at a time, to create spacious living with open floor plans that don’t box you in, and panoramic views that bring the outdoors in.29 White Eagle Way Leicester-small-021-Master Bedroom-666x443-72dpi

While Deltec homes aren’t completely hurricane proof, their shape, their construction and engineering can almost guarantee you’ll survive a rare violent outburst by mother nature or a helicopter attack from a lifelong nemesis unlike the fate of the original Skyfall Lodge. In that regards the Pfister’s have one better trick up their sleeve than 007.

To see the full virtual tour of this home click here.



Working with Parker J. Pfister

Photographer Parker Pfister, one of the creatives in our Modern Asheville Collective and good friend, has been busy working with Kelly and myself on  photos, upcoming events and listing his personal home. Here is a recent shot he did or our dynamic duo at Modern Asheville Real Estate. 140205_TK_14-Edit

Soon to be listed is Skyfall Lodge, the Parker family’s hip, countryside retreat where they escape to watch their collection of Bond films and live with nature in the pastoral setting of Leicester. More on this coming next week._X2A7497

For more information on the photographic work of Parker Pfister visit his website.

The Modern Frontier of Leicester

Yesterday, I walked around in the drizzle with friend and local architect Brandon Pass at his latest project under construction — way, way out in Leicester — where soft, gentle pastures brush up against steep, rugged hills. It’s been a long year since we last connected and I remembered our past conversation like it was yesterday. I had contacted him after browsing his website and came across the “Leicester House”. There were only a couple of 1204-Perspective Southeast cornerrough renderings at the time, but I was caught the quiet, modern aesthetic that seemed well matched with the rustic context.

Brandon’s clients live out there on 70 acres (and several mules) of beautiful farm land in Sandy Mush. They are charging their land to raise flowers in the dramatic rural landscape. The lower level of the house will be a functional, IMG_0014shed for their flower business and open to the fields below. The upper level will be a modern and flowing living space that captures specific views of both natural and manmade features in the landscape. The house will be anchored by a concrete, passive solar core.

In spirit, both the client and Brandon were struck by the existing, domestic and functional vernacular distinct to this site and locality. It was a jumping off point for the architectural inspiration for both building form and materials. Leicester Comp

Once Brandon had locked down the plan and construction drawings the clients and their friends took over creating a natural, organic process where various  crafts people and found materials began to further influence and embellish the outcome. Brandon had to generously let go of Material Compcontrol and let the hands-on spirit of the clients take over in building their home on the new frontier. The result will be an obvious, modern construction, but with earthy, regionally materials that will weather to blend in with the rural structures of this specific site. It is a marriage of sophisticated design thought blending with the pioneering spirit of our Asheville mountain community. It’s an evolving process that is still being hammered out today.

Thank you for the tour Brandon. Next time — beer!