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AHBA 2016 Parade of Homes | The Winners!

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-6-00-28-amCongrats to our builder friends who participated in and won awards this past week for their thoughtfully designed and quality built homes. We appreciate you stewarding our community towards a sustainable future with long-lasting and livable homes. If you didn’t see the winners please go here. Cheers to you!rhodoreno1_small

FOR SALE | 7 Amherst Road

Main CompScreen Shot 2016-05-04 at 6.34.40 AM4 bedrooms  |  4.5 bathrooms  |  3875 sqft with studio  |  MLS#3167915Main Comp

Modern Asheville Real Estate is excited to bring Biltmore Forest’s ultimate mid-century modern home to the local market. This fashionable home has been completely updated with sophisticated refinements. Layered within the cool split-level are four bedrooms — three having their own en-suites. Additionally, there is an office and detached studio for endless versatility. 7 Amherst Rd Biltmore Forest-small-012-13-7 Amherst20-666x445-72dpi

The home showcases a modern, italian designed kitchen with Snaidero cabinetry, marble counters & Miele appliances including: 2 dishwashers, espresso machine, steamer, wall oven and warmer. Furthermore there is a wine cooler, ice-maker, extra bar sink and a custom hood floating above the central gas cooktop. There’s everything you need including two kitchen sinks. Saluti!Bathroom Comp

The Master Suite has a stunning Snaidero custom closet & spa bath that includes separate shower, soaking tub & sauna. All 4.5 bathrooms throughout the home have been completely updated with sparkling tile & Toto Washlets.7 Amherst Rd Biltmore Forest-small-028-24-Master Suite to Garden-666x445-72dpi

Outside there is a 200 sqft studio building with both power and water. Lush mature landscaping surrounds the home in a private park of its own secured by Preferred (cropped)6′ aluminum fencing. The property is situated centrally to both Asheville and South Asheville while remaining an exclusive escape.

Call Kelly and Troy for our complete listing package and to discuss a private tour. Until then enjoy our virtual tour here. Cheers!

Deck House 101: An Introduction

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In Asheville we have several homes that are known originally as Deck Houses. I often walk by them on my hikes through Lakeview Park and the Grove Park neighborhoods. NC Modernist Homes provides a quick overview of this style of home with examples  here. Deck House, Inc. was founded by William J. Berkes in 1960 to provide a quality house of excellent design for a reasonable investment. Berkes states that, “without sacrifice to twentieth century living standards, the Deck House meets every measure of architectural integrity — purity of line, aesthetic satisfaction, the use of fine materials in their natural state.”

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To go a little deeper into their original creation and philosophy the original Deck House book uses the following language – “the Deck Home is an excellent example of organic architecture, achieving its objective of fusing form and function. It is designed primarily for livability, and combines the strengths of the past with the best advances of the present. An early contention of ours which continues into our present thinking is that no designer-builder can quite accurately claim to build homes. Houses are created by architects and builders. Homes are made by families. The primary interest of Deck House is to design and build the kind of house that will offer maximum potential in home-making possibilities.”Deck House-2-7

“There are also the more subtle psychological urgings often contradictory, as in the wish to be free, uncaged, and yet to be enveloped and protected — to be an intimate witness to a winter storm, and yet be sheltered and warm — to live as a nonconformist, and yet to be accepted as a respected citizen of the community. Taking such human needs to be the legitimate concern of architects, we made the satisfaction of these needs the underlying premise of the Deck House concept.”

“The Deck House is a perfect blend of aesthetics and function. Materials that provide color, warmth and texture are, at the sometime, rugged structural elements.”deck-10wayside-2

“Posts and beams were utilized in colonial days and withstood the test of rigorous New England winters. Used today, this same construction permits window walls and open spaces. When properly planned, this liberal use of glass helps warm the house as well as admitting light and offering views at every turn of stair and corner. Mahogany millwork, cedar decking, and beams of Douglas Fir are both rich and practical, requiring a minimum of upkeep. Massive brick chimneys offer texture to balance the smooth gleam of glass.”

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“The floor plan of the Deck House is designed t respect the individual as well as the family — the child’s need for privacy as well as the adult’s. There are spacious, light-washed areas for family and friends to gather, and smaller, more intimate places away from the mainstream for solitude.”

I’ll be doing a case study here in Asheville soon and exploring all the quality construction details, engineering, natural materials and even green features of this cool mid-century home type. Stay tuned!