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Wilson Architects | Historic Meets Clean Contemporary

D6XGVaSpNnylrShKAZHrzrfzyKb8844oXVAcybGvJ4239f1msmLlmBXxbCFZ2WnwMjpy2_Dv8zVcmrxKTcNAfrL86iSRvk2J2J11XISwWQ=s0-d-e1-ftKelly and I enjoy seeing what can be done with historic homes to create light and clean interiors. This new home designed and built from ground up had to fit into the historic neighborhood of Montford which has significant guidelines on the exterior for maintaining context. However, there were no guidelines for the interior allowing them to design a more modern, but still warm, interior. We love it! Want to see a bit more? Click here. Cheers! Kelly and TroyDSC_4314

SOLD: 45 Rosewood

5369091Sale Price: $685,000

Size: 2800 to 3300 sqft

Features: 3 Beds + 3 Baths

Modern real estate is moving fast and happy to know this wonderful home recently found new owners. Here is a bit about it from the past.

Hey folks – here it is! This is one of my favorite homes in town. Having visited and previously written about this one, I have found the home to be a wonderful experience from the way it flows and functions to the creative and clever detailing. Not only was great care given to the way the house performs overall, but it is expertly built by high quality home builders. And did I say it’s walking distance to downtown?

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Here is how the listing agent described it. “Come home to GreenBuilt modern in Montford. Settle into sophisticated soaring spaces that invite friends to gather while cozy flex-spaces inspire intimacy. Life here is on the next level with Control-4 lighting/audio/video, luxurious kitchen of copper, marble & quarter-sawn oak, master with aromatherapy shower & terrace, and rare custom details. Hide out on the back patio or tear yourself away for a short walk downtown.”

For the virtual tour –  click here.

Modern Montford

This groovy new modern home is almost complete in Montford.  A compact, clever and efficient little house close to downtown.  Feel free to contact me if you are interested in seeing it.

FOR SALE – 55 Hawthorne Lane (Off the Market)

$378,000             3/4 Bedrooms 3.5 baths            2150 sq/ft.

The Bellwether Design/Build team of Katie and Brad Rice continue to bring a fresh approach to homes in Montford with this new contemporary twist on a traditional Bungalow.   The efficient size of this concept is packed with storage solutions, creative space-sharing options and is laid out to feel spacious yet intimate.  A low maintenance exterior lets homeowners spend time on more important things, like playing in one of the many nearby parks or walking downtown for dinner.

Special features include: green built, low maintenance materials, master on main, private garden off master, open living space, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, gas cook top and large front porch.  If you buy this now you can help in developing your own details.

A Modern Practice in Building

introDesigner Katie Rice is part of the Bellwether Builders’ team and has been dreaming of her current business and lifestyle for fifteen years now.  Katie has a degree in Building Science and is focused on creating healthy buildings.  Whether it is creating energy efficient envelopes for lower energy costs or efficient layouts for ease of use she enjoys creating buildings that give life and freedom to their inhabitants.  Katie provides the creative and design direction for their work. 

Katie’s husband, Brad Rice, is the general contractor with an “unlimited” license.  Before spending a few years working with a master trim carpenter in Portland, Oregon, Brad had extensive experience as a framer.  For the past eight years he has been building custom homes in the Asheville area along with spec homes while the economy allowed it.  Together, Brad and Katie are a full service design and build team along with Jeannie Kuhlman, Director of Operations.

kitchen1One of the benefits of being a design build company is that they know what things cost during the design phase.  From early on Katie likes to sit with the client and discuss their wants and needs along with completing a costing sheet.  She helps clients understand right away the dollar outcome of their decisions and offers guidance on how to meet their budget goals.  “We work so there are no surprises down the road for the clients and help give them control over the budget,” says Katie.  Taking that even further, they are offering an established monthly fee for their service and letting the homeowner pay all the construction invoices directly with no mark up.  It is a novel approach, but clients seem to like it.  In today’s environment you have to be both resourceful, creative and give something up to move forward with projects.  However, what you are gaining is the client’s trust.   They are working with you through all steps of the process. front











Katie and Brad’s work reflects in their Montford neighborhood home.  Their home provides a creative backdrop to their lifestyle and work.  The outside has two entrances for separating the office and home.  The space is defined by very functional and distinct spaces for working and living, but is open to adapt to different needs for work and play.  Their work office is separate, but open to allow for interaction with their kids.  The living space has distinct areas for cooking or an intimate conversation, but it can all be cleared away to serve as a meeting or small community space.  final-photoOverall, their home is a reflection of their creativity and ingenuity, their understanding of space in relationship to today’s lifestyle needs and building quality.  What they have achieved for themselves is what they hope to achieve for their clients; a way to afford a smart home of any style that works by stepping back and giving the occupants long-term flexibility and freedom.  This is one of the important principles in modern space design. 

You can find out more about Bellwether Builders and their flexible approaches to projects by going to their website through the link on the right of this page.  

(text by Troy Winterrowd, photos by John Fletcher)

Ranch Home Appreciation 101

img_13581I happen to be a fan of ranch houses.  Perhaps it is a nostalgic sense of home for me, having been raised in ranch houses all my life since the 1960’s.  As an adult I appreciate their simplicity and potential for easy living.  Feeling alone in this town of Craftsman lovers I finally found my support group by the name of Bellwether Builders.  I recently showcased one of their homes currently for sale in the historic Montford neighborhood.   I was curious to get to know it better and understand the vision behind this masterful makeover at 50 Rosewood.

katie-rice2Katie Rice, one half of the design team for Bellwether, states “We are excited to redefine the ranch.  Their time has come.  When we see a ranch, we see amazing potential and opportunity. Exploring the possibilities of remodeling ranch homes is like having a stretched canvas ready to go. All you have to do is create the art.”  I wholeheartedly agree with her. 

At 50 Rosewood they cleverly created a new home from the bones of the existing ranch.  Starting with raising the roof and letting in the light to define a new great room they updated the space to reflect today’s lifestyle. file1-3651 They opened up the first bedroom to become a flexible living space that could be a home office, media room or guest room.  All the details were thoughtfully chosen from the bath fixtures to the exterior barnroofing on the front.  It is creative, fun, casual and comfortable.  I recommend to those of you who are wondering what to do with your own rancher, take a look at this quality remodel.  I recently showed it to one of my clients.  Her father was a Beverly Hills architect so she has seen many completed and remodeled homes.  She thought this one was very clever and appreciated the attention to details.  To see more finished details see the previous post on 50 Rosewood.entry-beforeimg_5086














Here is some general information on the ranch home for further exploration.  There are many new websites and magazines that showcase the ranch.  

Ranch-style houses (also American ranch, California ranch, rambler or rancher) is a uniquely American domestic architectural style. First built in the 1920s, the ranch style was extremely popular in the United States during the 1940s to 1970s, as new suburbs were built for the Greatest Generation and later the Silent Generation.

The style is often associated with tract housing built during this period, particularly in the western United States, which experienced a population explosion during this period with a corresponding demand for housing.

The ranch house is noted for its long, close-to-the-ground profile, and minimal use of exterior and interior decoration. The houses fuse modernist ideas and styles with notions of the American Western period working ranches to create a very informal and casual living style. Their popularity waned in the late 20th century as neo-eclectic house styles, a return to using historical and traditional decoration, became popular. However, in recent years the ranch house has been undergoing a revitalization of interest.

Preservationist movements have begun in some ranch house neighborhoods as well as renewed interest in the style from a younger generation who did not grow up in ranch-style houses. This renewed interest in the ranch house style has been compared to that which other house styles such as the Bungalow and Queen Anne experienced in the 20th century, initial dominance of the market, replacement as the desired housing style, decay and disinterest coupled with many of teardowns, then renewed interest and gentrification of the surviving homes.[1]

SOLD – 50 Rosewood

front1Sold price $400,000

Built 1972 / Size 2344 sq/ft. 

3Bed & 3Bath

Listed by: Seller Solutions

Take a look at this nice remodel by Bellwether Builders.   I always say that homes from the 1970’s have great remodel potential as they are usually open boxes.  This 1972 construction has been given new life.  Stay tuned as I am hoping to speak with the owners and get a closer look on this interesting property.  img_5090_2

Here is how the listing agent desribes it, “Spectacular total rebuild with lots of green features, designer touches, and architectural detail. Beautiful open floor plan with new walnut floors and inviting fireplace in great room. All new kitchen with custom cabinetry and high end stainless appliances. Large, all new master suite with very cool bath and huge walk in closet (allowance for system). Media room and flex space on terrace level leave lots of flexibility. This house sells itself!”rosewood-composite