September 19, 2011
Portland, Ore. — A budget-conscious, urban home in North Carolina designed by Portland architect Daryl Rantis is featured in the October/November issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine.
The home in the Chicken Hill neighborhood of Asheville, N.C., was designed with a strict budget to meet the needs of downsized-but-contemporary lifestyles.
The urban feel of the vertical home was specifically designed to appeal to a modern sensibility and fit on a small lot, said Rantis, the Director of Design at Green Hammer in Portland, Ore., a design/build firm.
The style of the house is a fusion of modern and Craftsman, reflecting the contemporary lifestyles of city dwellers while paying respect to the architecture and cultural heritage of western North Carolina with its rich tradition of highly detailed architecture. Details of the home are more typical of Craftsman-style houses, which are traditionally known for their thought-out finishes.
The Fine Homebuilding article, “Form Follows Function,” focuses on the home’s small footprint. The three-story design uses less foundation (concrete) and less roofing (metal), two materials used for their longevity but are also carbon intensive. The small footprint of the building still allows a reasonable amount of square footage (app. 1,500), even on a tiny lot.
The interior is appointed with minimalist trim details and modern cabinetry that breaks from the traditional Craftsman. Wood beams and floors in the living areas give it a clean, yet warm interior.
The skin of the building, made from cement fiber panels, reduces the amount of wood and maintenance. It is contrasted with the use of locally harvested cypress for its warmth and beauty.
The rear balconies provide both view and privacy — two things that are important in urban exterior living spaces.
The neighborhood’s proximity to downtown Asheville, the River Arts District and public transportation allows private, detached home ownership in an urban area. A family could live in the home with less dependence on a car.
The house is solar ready with roof angles, and plumbing was added for a direct solar panel application. This can be combined with radiant floor heat in the lower level to add more energy efficiency and comfort to the residence.
Built by Bill MacCurdy of Sun Construction in 2009, the home has won a design award from the Asheville Home Builders Association. This house, designed to be part of a six-building cluster, takes risks while trying to remain practical and livable on a very tight site and market.
The magazine will hit shelves Sept. 20.
Daryl Rantis relocated to Portland from Asheville, North Carolina to become Director of Design at Green Hammer, Inc. in July 2011. Green Hammer is a design-build firm whose objective is to achieve the highest level of health, comfort, craft, and efficiency. Green Hammer is a leading builder of Passive House buildings. Daryl’s role at Green Hammer is to ensure that all projects are beautiful and delightful demonstrations of craft and innovation.
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