Tag Archives: Sustainable

FOR SALE | the Redbud House

Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 3.38.17 PM“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~ William MorrisMerrills Entry Comp

This quote by the ultimate craftsman captures the spirit of this custom crafted, modern home constructed with heirloom quality craftsmanship. With the richness and lightness of a modern, Japanese cottage — the Yin of cool, clean space harmonizes with the Yang of warm, rich hand finished materials in this artistic home affectionately named — the RedbudMain Front

3 Bedrooms  |  3.5 Baths  |  3423 sqft  |  MLS#314879342 Merrills Cove Rd Asheville-small-016-24-42 Merrills Cove16-666x445-72dpi

The floor of the light filled living space is polished concrete and sets the stage for gallery style living while absorbing the sun to keep the cool space warm. Rich hand crafted details of ash and oak are used sparingly and mindfully with plenty of white space to keep your eye uncluttered from excess. The main level provides all you need for living including the kitchen, living, dining, laundry and the master bedroom en-suite. The upper level has two bedrooms suites for your family or friends with a flexible loft for extra living, office or a studio to meet all your creative needs.Level Comp

The kitchen, the heart of any home, has been specially designed to do more with less. The efficient work space is flanked on either side with spacious and tactile surfaces atop rich wood cabinetry. Everything you need is at your fingertips with an ample pantry nearby to store all the extras. It comes fully furnished with quality Bosch appliances. Located adjacent are the side entry mudroom and laundry room for fully servicing the home. Kitchen Comp

The natural beauty of the Redbud veils the sophisticated mechanics that render it near Net Zero in efficiency. It effectively uses both passive and active solar for energy and heating. Further heating and cooling are supported by a geothermal heat pump and a wood stove for enhancing that Danish modern style coziness. Electric bills are close to nothing for this 3330 sqft home. There is nothing more to do, but to live lightly in this earth grounded home. Sign

The heirloom quality built Redbud is the second of three homes creating the dawning green, net zero community of Green Acres in South Asheville. Green Acres rests convenient to all the amenities of South Asheville while remaining a rustic getaway for private sustainable living or urban style homesteading. The 2.62 acres that accompany the home have the starts of a richly composted, organic veggie garden and berries. The neighbors further support the community with fruit trees and other shared ways to live off the land. back

Want to see more of this cool home? Take our tour here. Give Kelly and Troy a call for more information or a private tour of your very own. Cheers!

FOR SALE | the Redbud

IMG_3335“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~ William MorrisMerrills Entry Comp

This quote by the artist and ambassador of the Arts and Crafts movement, captures the spirit of this custom crafted, modern home constructed with heirloom quality craftsmanship. With the richness and lightness of a modern, Japanese cottage — the Yin of cool, clean space harmonizes with the Yang of warm, rich hand finished materials in this artistic home affectionately named — the RedbudMain Front

3 Bedrooms  |  3.5 Baths  |  3333 sqft  |  MLS#314879342 Merrills Cove Rd Asheville-small-016-24-42 Merrills Cove16-666x445-72dpi

The floor of the light filled living space is polished concrete and sets the stage for gallery style living while absorbing the sun to keep the cool space warm. Rich hand crafted details of ash and oak are used sparingly and mindfully with plenty of white space to keep your eye uncluttered from excess. The main level provides all you need for living including the kitchen, living, dining, laundry and the master bedroom en-suite. The upper level has two bedrooms suites for your family or friends with a flexible loft for extra living, office or a studio to meet all your creative needs.Level Comp

The kitchen, the heart of any home, has been specially designed to do more with less. The efficient work space is flanked on either side with spacious and tactile surfaces atop rich wood cabinetry. Everything you need is at your fingertips with an ample pantry nearby to store all the extras. It comes fully furnished with quality Bosch appliances. Located adjacent are the side entry mudroom and laundry room for fully servicing the home. Kitchen Comp

The natural beauty of the Redbud veils the sophisticated mechanics that render it near Net Zero in efficiency. It effectively uses both passive and active solar for energy and heating. Further heating and cooling are supported by a geothermal heat pump and a wood stove for enhancing that Danish modern style coziness. Electric bills are close to nothing for this 3330 sqft home. There is nothing more to do, but to live lightly in this earth grounded home. Sign

The heirloom quality built Redbud is the second of three homes creating the dawning green, net zero community of Green Acres in South Asheville. Green Acres rests convenient to all the amenities of South Asheville while remaining a rustic getaway for private sustainable living or urban style homesteading. The 2.62 acres that accompany the home have the starts of a richly composted, organic veggie garden and berries. The neighbors further support the community with fruit trees and other shared ways to live off the land. back

Want to see more of this cool home? Take our tour here. Give Kelly and Troy a call for more information or a private tour of your very own. Cheers!

Modern “Post Parade” Mixer | Today

Hudson StIt may be the end of the Parade of Homes, but it is just the beginning for one happy new homeowner thanks to the vision and stewardship of Earthtone Builders. Make 108 Hudson St. your last stop on the tour this Sunday the 18th as we celebrate the closing of the parade and the completion of this cool and sustainable, new, “net zero” nest. Join us for beer, wine and a toast for everyone involved. We will ease into it between 4:30 and 5:00pm and start the wind down around 6:30pm. See you there. Cheers! Greg, Aubrie, Kelly, Troy, Matt, Megan, Todd and others!DeSat 02

Parade of Homes | 108 Hudson St.

Hi Folks! Don’t forget about the Builder’s Parade of Homes this weekend. The Modern Asheville team will be hosting, along with Greg McGuffey of Earthtone Builders, at their newest construction at 108 Hudson St in West Asheville. The home won two Parade awards for energy efficiency and craftsmanship. 108 Hudson St Asheville NC-small-001-73-Front of Home-666x445-72dpi

The 1480 sqft, 3 bedroom and 2 bath home is 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 quality, green home Greg thoughtfully designed is earth friendly, light, airy and low maintenance which will keep it low-cost and 108 Hudson St Asheville NC-small-014-45-Kitchen-375x500-72dpisustainable. The completed home will be Near Net Zero and come with a NC Green Built Gold Certificate. In detail, it features 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.

You can visit the home, meet Greg and catch up with us over the next two weekends from 1pm to 5pm each weekend day. Or take the tour here. Or stop by there during our end of the parade Modern Mixer on Sunday from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Cheers!

Earthtone Builders | Double Winner!

Earthtone AwardsCongratulations to Greg McGuffey of Earthtone Builders! He won two awards tonight at the Asheville Home Builders Association’s Parade of Homes awards banquet. The first was a Silver Award for Craftsmanship in his home size category. The second was for constructing the most energy-efficient home on the Parade this year. Yeah! Stop by this weekend and see the home and give kudos to Greg. The Modern Asheville team is super proud and happy for you Greg. Cheers!

Also, a quick shout out to our friends at Mountain Sun Building & Design and Red Tree Builders for their awards!

Parade of Homes | 108 Hudson St.

Hi Folks! There is soooooooo much going on this month as far as events. We at Modern Asheville Real Estate are trying to keep up. Between AIA Lectures, the Flea for Y’all, Blue Ridge Pride and another Modern Mixer on our calendars we are booked. Included in that is the upcoming Builder’s Parade of Homes over the next two weekends. The Modern Asheville team will be hosting, along with Greg McGuffey, Earthtone Builder’s newest construction at 108 Hudson St in West Asheville.108 Hudson St Asheville NC-small-001-73-Front of Home-666x445-72dpi

The 1480 sqft, 3 bedroom and 2 bath home is 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 quality, green home Greg thoughtfully designed is earth friendly, light, airy and low maintenance which will keep it low-cost and 108 Hudson St Asheville NC-small-014-45-Kitchen-375x500-72dpisustainable. The completed home will be Near Net Zero and come with a NC Green Built Gold Certificate. In detail, it features 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.

You can visit the home, meet Greg and catch up with us over the next two weekends from 1pm to 5pm each weekend day. Or take the tour here. And stay tuned for Modern Mixer details to come. Cheers!

Modern Mixer | THANK YOU

MixerA big thank you to Aaron & Calder Wilson of Wilson Architects and Bob from BuiltSmart Builders for helping us put together a great Modern Mixer last night. We had a constant flow of designers and enthusiasts coming through the new 2700 sqft modern home in Kenilworth. As always, we loved catching up with our Modern Community. Keep watching for the next one. Cheers!

Modern Sneak Peek | Hudson St. Update

IMG_2076Paint is being applied, cabinets and ceramic tile are going in and lighting is being installed. Yes, the finishing touches have begun at Earthtone Builder’s Hudson St. project. The original spec home began in mid-April and now is on the road to completion for the Builder’s Tour this fall and for our happy buyer to move in. Builder Greg McGuffey has been mindfully managing the process along the way.Comp 01

We stopped by for a quick tour, along with, Princeton modern fans Shelly and Sean. Greg walked all of us through the net zero, single level, 3 bedroom home being added to the growing West Asheville landscape. The roof slope becomes both the base for the southern facing solar panels and the container for the open living space with the additional loft. Stayed tuned for final updates and information on the early fall builder’s tour. Cheers!IMG_2085

Today’s Modern | Maximized Living thru Minimal Means

SAMSEL ARCHITECTS | THE CRAVEN GAP HOUSECravenGap-Blog-Exterior

We at Modern Asheville Real Estate were very pleased to see this home by our friends at Samsel Architects. The Asheville modern home is on trend to meet many of our real estate home buyers needs. The smaller efficient floor plan lives openly like a loft for those looking to downsize and live with less, along with, the low maintenance materials and natural setting that requires little care from the home owner. The home is as easy to live and relax in as it is to exit worry free when the travel bug bites unexpectedly. On top of that it maximizes energy efficiency and includes technology to make the home sustainable for years to come. All around the simple and sleek modern home has been intentionally designed to maximize quality of life while minimizing the burdens of home ownership. We love that combination. Discover more details on Samsel’s website here. Cheers to the team!CravenGap-Blog-KitchenHall

On another note, if you are in the market for an efficient, quality mountain home designed with a similar philosophy — check out our architectural and sustainable listing in Waynesville here. Originally designed by Stephen Beili and Wilson Architects with interiors by Traci Kearns the home has three green certifications. Conveniently, we are co-hosting a lunchtime Broker Open House there tomorrow, Wednesday the 25th. Give Kelly or Troy a call for the details if you would like to stop by for a tour. {828.552.4811}

Samsel’s Modern Pavilion House Update

On our past visit to Samsel Architects, architect Duncan McPherson walked us through the design of this clean and simple house. We love this one! Below you can see the progression. Samsel Sketch

“The Pavilion House is located on a 40-acre farm that has remarkable mountain views and land dotted with towering old growth oak trees. It was important to locate and organize the house so the owners would get spectacular views without compromising the health of the large oak trees on the property. The result is an “L” shaped house designed around the trees with plenty of windows to connect the indoor living space to the outdoors. Construction has begun and framing, roof and windows are complete. Samsel Architects is working with Fred and Seth Koon of Koon Custom Homes to bring the modern home to completion.”Construction

sketch and photo courtesy of Samsel Architects

Modern in the Movies | Ex Machina

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Being an avid movie buff I find there is much to admire in Ex Machina, the directorial debut of author/screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later). From Oscar Isaac’s powerhouse performance as a shady, machismo Steve Jobs-type (in a perfect world he’d be a shoo-in for all major best supporting actor nominations come the end of the year) to little touches, like the fictional beer imbibed by Isaac’s character throughout the film, called “Keikaku” (which means “plan” or “scheme” in Japanese, a clever reference to some third-act plot developments), the film is chock-full of heady ideas and arresting imagery.Untitled-1

Perhaps the most important contributing factor to the success of the overall mood and look of the film is the setting. Taking place almost exclusively at Isaac’s character’s estate, the movie was filmed at the Juvet Landscape Hotel in Norway. Opened in 2007, the hotel’s rooms, which were conceived by the inimitable architects at Norwegian firm Jensen & Skodvin, are breathtaking examples of modern design. The sustainable architecture of this Scandinavian hotel was designed so that the interior mirrors the experience of the landscape — blurring the lines between inside and outside. To dig deeper go here.Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 5.31.16 AM

Virant Design | Shou Sugi Ban

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 7.10.29 PMWe caught up with Virant Design, Tom and Yumiko, yesterday as they had recently completed some remodeling work on a ranch home we have a contract on for some buyers. It wasn’t too long into the conversation he mentioned “Shou Sugi Ban” in relationship to a project they completed. I nearly jumped out of skin with excitement that someone was using this process in WNC. I’ve been imagining a small, modern home for myself using this cool and ancient technique for siding.Shou Comp

Shou Sugi Ban is a Japanese exterior siding process that preserves wood by charring it. The process involves burning the wood, cooling it, cleaning it and finishing it with a natural oil. Although time-consuming, the final product is not only gorgeous with its rich finish; the charred wood resists fire, rot and insects and can last up to 80 years. So cool!Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 7.10.18 PM

The home they designed and constructed is for an artisan near Penland. Of course the material can be purchased, but no craftsman residing in our mountains within radius of Penland would allow someone else to do when they could be doing themselves. Above are a few shots of the team in action. Word has it they may be using it on another home soon in east Asheville. We can’t wait. Cheers to Virant Design!