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The Do’s and Don’ts of Mid-Century Remodeling

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 6.08.57 PMAt Modern Asheville Real Estate, we thought this was a great little article spelling out some of the common mistakes that Kelly and I see when mid-century homes are remodeled. Check out the article by Joan Gand, founder of Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond, here. Thanks Joan!

SOLD | Country Club Ranch Home

Today, we closed on this clean and simple ranch home within walking distance to the North Asheville Country Club for our northern California buyers. This solid, well Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 6.58.07 AMbuilt home is open, one level and has tons of sun light. Having introduced them to one of our designer/builders they now get to have fun making it a cool and tailored pad for their retirement.

Kelly and I love ranch home remodels. Browse the archives of our blog for “ranch” and you will see some great examples of what can be done to make your modern here in Asheville starting with a ranch home, which is essentially a box, in a great location. Need help finding one for yourself? Give us call. It is one of the things we love to do. Cheers!

Modern Mixer | Thank You!

A big thank you to our co-host, Jeff Crawford, for opening his cool home in Mountainbrook last night to so many of our shared friends and the modern community. The Roost remodeled pad looked amazing and everyone enjoyed meeting designer and builder David Way. It was definitely one not to be missed! Mountainbrook

For those of you who didn’t make it or want to see it again enjoy the tour, here, of this modernized, mid-century home. Thanks again and cheers! Kelly and Troy

CLOSED | A Room with a View

Kelly and I closed on this luxury condo today nestled above downtown. Our buyer clients, and Modern Asheville fans, called us wanting a minimal and modernist summer escape from the Texas heat. With lack of inventory in general, especially modern properties, we were able to place them in this Ardmion Comphome which gave them the romantic setting they were looking for. Bringing in one of our design and build team members to plan and budget, Kelly was then able to negotiate a deal that would accommodate modernizing the interior. Today, Kelly wrangled it to a close. Tomorrow, Sally Spiegel and her team will start to demo. Go girl power! By late spring some more happy clients will be enjoying their own modern lifestyle in the mountains of Asheville. Watch along as our team helps more folks make their modern.

Did I tell you that we love what we do! Cheers! Kelly and Troy

ROOST | Downtown Condo Remodel | Sneak Peek

Roost is putting the finishing touches on this penthouse level condo in downtown Asheville. The main living space was remodeled to feel like an old style loft. Cold rolled steel was applied to the wall behind the stove top on the left. The steel then wraps the corner for IMG_0555continuity down the hallway. Brick was added on both sides of the room to add that rustic texture and frame the window wall overlooking downtown. The Roost made custom cabinets are rift sawn oak that are hand rubbed with a natural finish similar to the floors. The cabinets frame out the Bertazonni wall ovens and cleverly mask the refrigerator and freezer. Stay tuned for more when this project wraps up. Cheers!

Von Ruck | Mini Mid-Century Makeover

IMG_6176Kelly and I were touring one of our preferred mid-century neighborhoods in Asheville and saw one of my favorite little mid-century homes under renovation. Curious — we decided to find out more. We met David who purchased the home and is giving the mini mid-century a major makeover. As artists, both him and his partner Deb, will live and work there. I’ll report more on it when we come back for a tour as it nears completion, but they both promise to come tonight to the Cotton Mill Soiree to meet up with other modern enthusiasts. Cheers to them!

Ranch House Resurgence

I have been writing about ranch homes for over six years now given the benefits of these homes here in Asheville and their locations. They are a great resource for making your modern lifestyle for multiple reasons. Here is an article I came across this morning while researching. And if you want to know more about our local ranch homes type in “ranch” in the search line to the right. Or give Kelly and myself a call for further direction. Enjoy!f68e22d6638a090eb6a7078f52a6f55b

“Was the peak of American modernism the ranch-style house? Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the earliest adopters of the low-slung massing and clean, horizontal lines, and though seemingly traditional, the typology embodied much of the ethos of modernism. The ranch was mass-produced, housed huge amounts of middle-class workers, and offered clean, efficient spaces for living. Their horizontal nature made them not only accessible, but helped to blur the lines between interior and exterior both visually and spatially.” To read further click here.

MAKE YOUR MODERN | Grandma’s Ranch Gets Its Groove Back

As you already know, Kelly and I are big fans of ranch homes. They are one of our specialties. Why? They offer one-level living, simple lines, ease of remodeling and are often in relaxed and established neighborhoods closer to town. Many people quickly look past them, but we see blank boxes for creating cool pads. As most of our clients are looking for that rare modern in Asheville we see it as an untapped resource. Between Kelly, myself and our team of designers and builders – we have helped find unique ways in achieving this. And let’s not forget our visionary and adventurous clients as well!IMG_2980In this case, Dave and Suzanne Donovan, were looking to leave their new, modern home in town and for wide open spaces to roam with their dogs, horses and motorcycles. We found them a 2400 sqft, 1967 vintage ranch overlooking the rolling hills of Fairview with nothing, but open skies, peace and quiet. This “Grandma Ranch”, as Kelly affectionately calls them, was suffocating from decades of traditionalization. However, with our mod-vision glasses, the four of us gazed beyond the crown moldings, printed wall paper and chopped up spaces.

Living CompAs with most ranches this one had divided living spaces. The first priority was to open it up for a flowing entertainment space with views out both sides of the home. Along with the layout, David Way brought his vision to the brick fireplace and clad it to match the kitchen and dining area cabinets to make the spaces sleek and seamless. Kitchen CompOnce the entry, living room, kitchen and dining area became one it was time to pull down the jello molds from the kitchen walls along with the 90’s Home Depot cabinets. Again, our designer/builder, David Way, was able to design and fabricate a custom kitchen that brought simple lines, elegance and efficiency to the space. Suzanne and Dave’s eye for details brought the modern bling with choices in tile, light fixtures and furnishings. Overall, a cool collaboration between designer and owner. Master Bath CompWith few exceptions most 60’s ranches have a tight master bath by today’s standards. Even with the current trend of downsizing from the extensive master baths of the past 20’s years, one still has to remove walls and closets to fit in a minimal spa style bath. Here the old tub was removed to allow for a sensuous shower for two. Sexy! Front CompThe exterior was stripped down, given a Silkwood shower and completely redressed. Dated roof shingles were covered with standing seam metal, shutters were removed and both brick and trim were given tone on tone paint to streamline the facade more seamlessly. A new front door was purchased to give it that cool, retro pop that was lacking in the quiet ranch.

In the end I know Dave and Suzanne could not be happier having adopted and saved this stray rancher. From all reports they may actually stay and not move again. {Bummer!} Kelly, myself and David Way enjoyed playing with them on this project and helping them stitch together a modern nest in the fields of Fairview. Cheers to the team!

Want to see more? Watch this little slide show and pick up a few more details.

For more of our articles on remaking ranch homes here in Asheville click here.

Need help with making your own modern in the mountains? You have a phone — call us! 818.771.2350.

Make Your Modern | Buyer’s Tour 015

MYM Buyer 015 07202014Though our Asheville home market offers many housing options we don’t have everything. Kelly and I are just the tip of the iceberg to a larger team of resources to help you buy, remodel or build your tailored nest here in the mountains. Whether it’s scouting out the illusive architectural designed home, a retro ranch to remake or industrial loft or condo – we can help! We do the groundwork for you by previewing modern inventory, networking with skilled builders and staying in touch with potential sellers. Above are three properties currently on the market that Kelly and I feel offer potential to “Make Your Modern” lifestyle in the mountains. Want more? Ask us!

Take a closer look at this video preview of one of these homes with potential.

SOLD: 222 Country Club Dr.

Country Club Main

What a great way for the Modern Asheville real estate  team to end 2013 by closing architect Bert King‘s own home where he lived for over 60 years. Thanks to Kelly, who brought a modern enthusiast and worked hard to assist the buyer in exploring the investment required to bring this house to a livable standard for today. The buyer is excited by the story and is intent on stewarding new life into it with one of our local modern architects and a team of trusted contractors. Kelly and I will be following the renovation and will keep you posted on the progress.

Country Club CompThe house has an open floor plan with great vintage lines. The original walnut kitchen cabinets are in great shape and styled for today. To see the virtual tour click here.

Give Kelly and I a call to put together some home ideas and teams to help meet your real estate dreams. And follow us along in 2014 through some modern renovations of two of our recent ranch home sales. Cheers!


Brickstack + Bellwhether = Asheville-styled Modern Ranch

DSC_0018Recently, I was able to connect with Scott Huebner of Brickstack A + D . Scott was brought in by Bellwether Builders to pull together the design vision for this ranch home expansion in the Grove Park Inn neighborhood of North Asheville. During the time of construction it was right around the corner from me so I was able to watch the progression and get occasional tours from Brad Rice of Bellwhether builders.

Elevation Before and After New

The progressive owner’s looked to Scott to guide the home back to its more modern roots. Through discovery it was found the house had been remodeled at least twice, disguising some of the more modern and horizontal lines remaining only in the fireplace and large picture windows on back of the house. In the process the home gained 2500 sqft of indoor and outdoor living space + garage to accomodate the client’s growing family. The other criteria was that it be “fun” for their children. Overall, Scott thought the collaborative process between client and designer was synchronistic allowing for a cohesive team vision and construction.

Evelyng Before and After Plan

From my perspective the design is a thoughtful balance between the original mid-century atomic ranch and today’s northwest modernism making use of earthy lines and materials. It seems to me a very Asheville appropriate ranch aesthetic and, overall, a successful investment given the neighborhood and view location. Great job to all involved.

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Yes – I’ll say it again. We have well established, ranch neighborhoods here in  great locations. They are worthy of exploration for creating a modern lifestyle in Asheville. Take along a designer and work it out like Scott did.

SOLD: 11 Beaverbrook Rd.

First BeaverbrookSale Price: $617,500

Size: 3115 SQFT

Features: 4 Beds + 3.5 Baths + View

Beaverbrook is a wonderful and wandering, hillside street on top of Lakeview Park. Developed in the 50’s and 60’s, there are significant ranch homes, a few seriously atomic, that offer simple living in a great location provided you have the right vision. Mike Barton saw that in expertly recreating this home for himself. From a 50’s ranch he carved out a clean and light filled home with great volume and comfortable flow. From my experience, it is a house that steps back, opens up and let’s you live your life the way you want to. It is not just sophisticated in its styling, but in the mindful editing to do more with less. Just the way I like it.


A few details I liked most: The cool front door. The sleek kitchen cabinetry with quartz countertops. Large floor to ceiling pocket doors to every room. Room expanding private patios off bedrooms for California style living.  A well lit master closet where you can both view everything at your fingertips and can host a dance party.

11 Beaverbrook Comp

Listing agent, Clary McCall, describes it – “Totally remodeled contemporary home in desirable Lakeview Park. This 4/3.5 has a huge master bedroom suite and closet. Tons of updates to include all new Bosch chef’s kitchen with quartz countertops, luxury baths, designer paints, hardwoods, porcelain tiles, etc. Other updates include total electrical, plumbing, roof, gutters, HVAC and more. Gas fireplace in living room. Great downstairs inlaw suite or office. Nice downtown views.”

For a more complete visual tour click here.

I couldn’t end without reminding you that simple and modern style living in Asheville can be accomplished by starting with one of our many ranch homes. There is an abundance in wonderful neighborhoods such as Lakeview Park waiting to fulfill their more modernist destiny with thoughtful design guidance. Take a drive and see for yourself or allow me to arrange a tour.