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8 Mid-Century Photogaphers

The mid-century modern period of architecture and design, which ran roughly from the 1930s to the 1960s, gave us such iconic architects as Eero Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe. However, our understanding of these buildings is informed through the photographers who chronicled their designs — adding perspective, context and sometimes a little drama. Although we can still visit many of these buildings today, the following photographers allowed us to see the work of acclaimed architects as they saw it themselves.  See the rest of this article by Daisy Alioto here. Enjoy!

Modern Monday | The A-Frame House

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 5.03.08 AMI’ve been in the process of downsizing and simplifying my life over the past few years. Now that I’m down to 600 sqft with empty shelf space inside I’m starting to explore what that would mean in terms of a minimal construction and a low maintenance real estate investment for myself. Most Tiny Homes seem extreme and don’t offer the breathing space and light I require. Local designer David Way recently showcased a singular container home that got really close for me. Since then my exploration has led me to rediscover the A-Frame house which appears to offer the ability to have that indoor/outdoor relationship, height and light that personally would be more livable to me if designed appropriately.

The A-frame house is, indeed, an architectural house style that features steep angled sides as the roofline that usually begin at or near the foundation line and screen-shot-2015-10-17-at-8-55-19-ammeet at the top in the shape of the letter A. The triangle shape of this housing style has been present throughout history, but was more recently popular from the 1950’s to 1970’s.

Structurally speaking an A-frame is a basic structure designed to bear a load in a lightweight, economical manner. As an example, consider a saw horse which is designed to support a load bigger than itself while still be portable.

The post World War II popularity of the A-frame has been attributed to a combination of factors including American’s extra disposable income, the in-expensiveness of building an A-frame structure, and a new interest in acquiring a second home for vacationing. Given’s today’s renewed interest in mid-century, inspired design and tiny homes it seems a style worth revisiting. At Modern Asheville, we have been collecting images of past and present interpretations on one of our many pinterest boards here. Also, enjoy this collection published from from Dwell here. Enjoy!Screen Shot 2015-10-17 at 8.51.52 AM

OPEN HOUSE | 16 Stillwell

16 Stillwell Rd Asheville NC-small-001-Front of Home-666x443-72dpiMLS#580110

$440,000 | 2302 SQFT

3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths

While you are out on the Builder’s Parade of Homes stop by this 2014 build, modern, shed style home. It is conveniently tucked into the hills between Downtown, North Asheville and UNCA. The mountain view home lives openly like a loft with both wood and concrete floors. The kitchen offers high-end DCS Fisher Paykel Stainless Appliances. The home has extra large and open closets. Stop by and say hi to Matt today from 1 to 4pm. Cheers!Stillwell Comp


Pending Sale | 108 Hudson St.

NW 1Kelly and I brought our Seller/Builder together with one of our Buyer’s on this modern, shed style home yesterday prior to breaking ground. Greg McGuffey of Earthtone Builders approached us to market his first spec home. Given the home fit our buyer’s needs we were able to bring both parties together early in the process.

The 1480 sqft, 3 bedroom and 2 bath home will be a rare one-level, new build home for West Asheville which is what most of our clients are looking for as they age in place over time. The cutaway2quality, green home Greg thoughtfully designed is earth friendly, light, airy and low maintenance which will keep it low-cost and sustainable. When completed the home will be Near Net Zero and come with a NC Green Built Gold Certificate. In detail, it will feature concrete floors with radiant heat, concrete counters, vaulted ceilings, bonus loft, stainless appliances and fixtures and topped off with a galvanized metal roof and 5Kw grid-tied solar system. It should be a home our client can live easily and lightly in for decades to come. Follow us along this year as we check in on the building progress with Greg. Cheers! Kelly and TroyNE

80’s Revival

Rediscovering the Shed Style

1980sIf your my age and you have young nieces or nephews you know that the 80’s are back again, and have been for a while. All things return, good or bad, given enough time. If you follow the waves of home fashion styles you know that in the 60’s, nationally, we rediscovered the Victorian. Locally, we reclaimed and revived the Montford neighborhood. Since, it has been Bungalow-Mania for over two decades in all areas of North, West and East Asheville. New artsy crafty constructions are still popping up in all areas of town and beyond. Is that all we know how to build these days?

76247_153879677990704_346866_nNow – we are in a well established trend of modernist styling and romancing the few atomic ranches we have here. Neighborhoods such as Beverly Hills to the East, Malvern Hills to the West and Lakeview Park to the North provide an assortment of ranch style homes, both adaptable & plain and some swanky & sophisticated.

Cedarwood04webSo, that leads us to the 70’s and 80’s. Huh?  Yes, there are some period developments, including a wave of condos, in all directions with a reasonable proximity to downtown, but still nestled in the woods. How many times do we hear clients say that is what they want? These places offer established open floor plans, vaulted ceilings, larger bathrooms than decades past and great indoor/outdoor living relationships. Sure – you have cedarwood0854webto scrape off some popcorn ceilings, lay down some hardwoods in place of carpet, replace large track lighting, but there are some good bones for today’s clean and open modern living. Given what we have in Asheville you more than often have to work a little to make your modern nest within this rustic environment and housing stock. If you search you will find Cedar Wood to the East, the Timbers to the North and Laurelwood to the West. All are simplified versions of the Shed Style of Sea Ranch, but easy enough to strip down and create something chic.


According to the Washington State Department of Historic Preservation, “The Shed Style is easily identified by a juxtaposition of boxlike forms capped with single-sloped shed roofs facing a variety of directions. The style spread quickly through the United States after the construction of the Sea Ranch Lodge condominium complex in Sonoma County, California in 1965.  The use of the style in the 1970s coincided with the energy crisis and some of the better examples employ passive-solar design elements.  Features such as south facing windows at the roofline (clearstory windows) paired Shed Stylewith interior elements such as brick floors or rock walls which could collect and store heat, saved energy costs.”

“Exterior walls are usually covered with flush board siding, applied horizontally, vertically, or even diagonally to follow the lines of the shed roof.  Builder examples often used T1-11 siding, while high style examples are clad with cedar shingles. The junctions of the roofs and walls are smooth and simple, with little or no overhang.  Most Shed Style buildings are 1 to 1½ stories tall.  Entrances are often recessed and obscured from the street and windows tend to be a variety of sizes and shapes.  Long narrow windows installed vertically or horizontally are common, as well as windows that are angled to follow the slope of the roof line.”

Cedarwood01web“The style’s popularity peaked in the 1970s, when it was commonly used for houses, apartment complexes, vacation cottages, schools and small office buildings.  By the mid 1980s, the use of the style in urban areas dwindled, mainly due to the high maintenance requirements of the wooden exteriors.”

It takes over 30 years for styles to circle back around. In the 80’s I was dressing like the 1950’s. Now I’m venturing into the next era of home remodeling. I’ll be offering more on this unexplored territory on Modern Asheville in the next few months. Play some Cure. Pencil in some eye liner. Follow along.