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Koolhaus in NYC

Enjoy this brief video of Rem Koolhaus discussing one of his thoughtful projects in New York. Cheers!

DESIGN MILK | Best of 2016

To keep up with home trends we enjoy several daily feeds to review with our house-under-eaves-mrtn-architects-1-600x400morning coffee. Design Milk is one of those. Here is a link to their most popular home design posts from 2016. Think smaller and simpler. Cheers!

Designing Our Future | The Missing Middle

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 7.06.01 AMYesterday, following a closing on a property for one of our investor clients {YEAH!} Kelly and I attended a meeting with AIA Asheville and a member of our city’s planning department on the movement towards changing our zoning to allow more density and housing types in some of our neighborhoods. If interested the presentation can be seen HERE. The city is looking for your input so, also, go HERE and take the survey following. This is your chance to help influence the future of your community. Cheers!

Congrats to Samsel Architects

Fonatana Lake House Wins Fine Homebuilding Readers’ Choice Award | Samsel Architects is delighted to announce that their Fontana Lake House won Fine Homebuilding Readers’ Choice Award!Fontana-ReadersChoiceAward

This LEED Gold certified home serves as a serene family retreat and is situated almost at the water’s edge on Fontana Lake. The home’s design was inspired by its surroundings and uses a neutral color palette and natural materials. Inside, simple forms and clean lines are used throughout to create a peaceful atmosphere for this family to enjoy. Abundant windows and a glass-enclosed breezeway connecting the two sides of the home provide generous views of the lake. Some green features of this home include us or low or no V.O.C finishes, LED lighting and energy efficient appliances.Fontana-Bridge-Dining-e1410183391442

Along with the Samsel team a special thanks goes to Traci Kearns of Alchemy Design Studio, Bill Baxter of The William Baxter Company, and Hutch Kerns of Kerns Land Planning + Design for their contributions. Read more about this project in the 2016 Houses edition of Fine Homebuilding magazine or online at finehomebuilding.com. Cheers to you all!

Mid-Century Home Stroll | Tonight from 5 to 7pm

Architect J. Bertram King designed Mid-Century Home StrollKing Crawl Comp

Our April Mixer is tonight folks and comes in the form of a stroll! Co-sponsored by AIA Asheville and Modern Asheville Real Estate the Stroll will consist of three 1950’s era Bert King designed homes in the Grove Park Country Club neighborhood for one evening only. This includes Bert King’s own home where he lived for decades. The tour is in honor of AIA’s National Architect’s Week honoring talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to our communities. You won’t want to miss it. Go here to see the details or print out the below image/flyer which will be provided at the stroll. There are no tickets. Just show up. We look forward to seeing you along the way. Cheers!Crawl Map

Homes are at: 222 Country Club, 15 Grovewood and 5 Northwood. We would suggest starting at either 222 Country Club or 5 Northwood. Please park on streets and not in driveways. Walking between 222 Country Club and 15 Grovewood is easy. 5 Northwood is walkable, but uphill so you may choose to drive.

MODERN MIXER | Thursday, April 14

Architect J. Bertram King designed Mid-Century Home StrollCrawl Map

At last! We have a mini home tour coming your way next month. Co-sponsored by AIA Asheville and Modern Asheville Real Estate the Stroll will consist of three 1950’s era Bert King designed homes in the Grove Park Country Club neighborhood for one evening only. This includes Bert King’s own home where he lived for decades. The tour is in honor of AIA’s National Architect’s Week honoring talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to our communities. You won’t want to miss it. Go here to see the details and sign up to get important updates. We look forward to seeing you along the way. Cheers!King Comp

Rustic + Recycled Lighting

metro compYears back my architectural college pals, Christa Rybczynski and Lawrence Grown, moved to Berkeley to open their own light fixture manufacturing company. With a natural affinity towards green and recycled they recently launched a series crafted with used alcohol bottles. The aesthetic seems to reflect the rustic trend in interiors, both commercial and residential, seen in Asheville along with the popularity of craft cocktails and brewing. Go here to see the new line along with their entire collection. Better yet — place an order. Cheers! Troy

MA | Residential Architecture Submissions Extended to Dec. 12th

Hi Folks! Modern Atlanta is branching out and sponsoring homes in other areas in the Southeast. Kelly and I supported the organization last year and went to their great events and modern home tour in Atlanta. They are looking for 2 to 3 homes in the Asheville area for their juried exhibition and tour. Below is the skinny. For more info contact our friend Elayne DeLeo directly at elaine@modern-atlanta.org. Submission requirements are below and are due by Nov. 14 so get on it. Cheers! Troy {PS. Both new homes and remodeled ones are options.}Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 6.50.12 PM

Dear Architects, Designers and Homeowners – We are excited to announce the 2015 MA Architecture Tour call for submissions is now open. Please download the tour submission kit with details on the tour and guidelines for sending in your submissions. The MA Architecture Tour showcases the best in modern residential and commercial projects in Atlanta and satellite locations across the US.

We are looking for amazing projects for our satellite tours in Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte and Raleigh, as well as Atlanta.

The Tour dates are as follows:
Satellite Locations (National) – May 30-31 – Focus on Nashville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Asheville; other US cities.
Atlanta Tours – June 6-7Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 6.50.41 PM

Submissions MUST be submitted per the guidelines outlined in the submission kit and sent electronically via DropBox. Failure to submit properly will disqualify projects. DO NOT email attached photos or documents to us.

The MA Architecture Tour jury will select the homes. An email or call will be made to the submitter and those who have signed the contract (included in the kit).

Selected projects will be published in the big, beautiful MA Design is Human Book and Tour Guide, as well as on the MA website. Media partner for MA Design is Human Week is Metropolis Magazine.Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 6.51.07 PM

Download the MA Architecture Tour Submission Kit here at
http://bit.ly/1rfHa6P or click here.

Please email me with any questions. We look forward to showcasing your projects to the thousands of MA attendees and our media partners. Thank you!

Parade of Homes | Peregrine 05 by Roost

21 St Charles Pl Asheville NC-small-001-Front-666x445-72dpiPeregrine 05, as David Way of Roost refers to it, is the latest in a developing series of Roost homes that evolved over the past decade. Having seen Peregrine 04 at the Parade of Homes a couple of years back, David’s clients sought him out to design a version on their lot in the Lakeview Park neighborhood. What evolved was an expanded and highly customized 2000sqft version adding in an equal amount of outdoor living space.Peregrine Comp

The Peregrine line of homes originated from the need to cleverly pack a lot of home in an efficient, one-level living space. Peregrine 01 in Montford was a 3 bedroom and 2 bath home constructed in 1400 sqft of indoor living space. Two outdoor living spaces were carved out of both ends of what is basically a box. Typically, the outdoor spaces are sheltered by a strong horizontal canopy.

21 St Charles Pl Asheville NC-small-005-Front-666x443-72dpiToday’s Peregrine 05 is approximately 2000 sqft with a luxurious owner’s suite on one end and extended canopies to shelter the outdoor living spaces. As with all Peregrine homes they are built with quality from core to finish. The framework begins with 2×6 construction, and engineered floor joists and subflooring. Walls are further tightened packed with formaldehyde free insulation.21 St Charles Pl Asheville NC-small-027-Kitchen-666x443-72dpi

For finish details Roost’s own cabinetry shop provided all the cabinetry throughout the home including Roost’s exclusive closet system. The home features extensive hidden storage in both the living space and owner’s suite. They even crafted the built-in master bed with hidden storage. Many of the cabinets are finished off with their own line of cabinet pulls.21 St Charles Pl Asheville NC-small-032-Closet-666x443-72dpi

Curious to see more? You can view the online tour or, better yet, come get the skinny on this cool home during the upcoming Asheville Home Builder’s Association’s Parade of Homes. You’ll be able to see all the finished details no shown here. David and the owner, Joy, will be there to answer any questions. Kelly and I will be there to assist them. You can stop by on either Oct. 11, 12, 18 or 19 from Noon until 5pm. To find out more on the complete tour click here. We all hope to see you there. Cheers!

Modern Lighting for your Home at LUX

Having driven by LUX Lighting for over a year I thought a visit was long overdue.  LUX Lighting is an architectural lighting retail store offering design services for your lighting needs.  Christi Butts, who is the owner and a certified lighting consultant, says,”We really love to get in at the ground level and do the lighting design in the planning stages.  It offers more opportunities for the property owner.”  On staff is David Terry, an experienced and certified lighting designer.  LUX staff has created lighting designs for the Capital Center Building remodel in downtown Asheville, the Usual Suspects restaurant, many modern downtown condos and residential homes in exclusive communities.  

I asked Christi what she would tell people when starting their home planning stages that we don’t often think about.  She talked about all the different levels of lighting throughout a home.  There can be anywhere from 3 to 5 levels of lighting in the kitchen. 1. General or Recessed Lighting  2. Task or under cabinet lighting  3. Decorative Pendants  4. Art Lighting  5.  Night Lighting/Toe Kick Lighting.  Overall, there is a lot to consider in balancing the sources of light so you don’t get either shadows or glare.

What do they sell?  They sell fixtures to complete your home from front to back whether you are remodeling or starting from scratch.  Though their showroom leans towards modern they have all styles of fixtures for every type of home.  Worth noting is that they are the only dealers in WNC for “Modern Fans”.  

While finishing up our discussion Christi stated, ” Most of us don’t know we are living in poor lighting until we have experienced really good lighting.  That particularly comes across in bathrooms.  Most fixtures on the market create strong shadows that aren’t flattering for us.”  I agreed.  It is the same way I feel about most floor plans of developer homes.  Most people don’t know a good floor plan until you have lived in a well laid out one.  It really can change your life and make living easier and more enjoyable.  From my personal experience reworking your lighting is one to the simplest and most effective ways to change and enhance your living experience.  So when you are ready to do so stop by and visit the folks at LUX Lighting at 105 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville.  They make it easy with in home consultations.