Madison County Residence

Mars Hill, NC
New Construction

This Madison county residence is located on rolling farmland, and is an interpretation of a contemporary farmhouse. It has expansive glass to capture mountain views and passive solar heating. The home’s green building features include rainwater cisterns, high-efficiency insulation and locally harvested wood throughout the interior. Outdoor spaces expand the living area and create a strong connection to the mountain landscape.

Reacting to the sloping topography of the site, we designed the house to be a narrow 20ft. across, which enables daylight to enter the home on two and sometimes three sides. The narrow footprint also provides at-grade access to the main level from the front entrance and to the lower living level at the back entrance.

The main living level is organized into two zones. The private master suite at one end of the home includes a small office and a laundry/storage area, while the public end of the home is occupied by kitchen, dining and living spaces. The two zones are divided by an entryway that also serves as a library. The book shelves bring an added layer of functionality to the entry space, which keeps it from feeling like an empty, boring hallway. A modern and open layout of all the spaces makes them feel larger than they are and helps take advantage of the expansive southern views and sunlight.

This residence won a 2012 Fine Homebuilding Award for its practical space planning and design which allows the owners to stay in the home as their needs change with age. Fine Homebuilding posted a video of the award winning design and interviews with the architect and the homeowners. Watch the video here.

Interior Designer: Alchemy Design Studio
Builder: Blue Ridge Energy Systems