Craven Gap

Asheville, NC
New Construction

This modern passive solar residence sits on five acres with great views looking down the Beaverdam Valley. The house is on a south-facing slope and allowed the owners to build the energy efficient, passive solar house they were dreaming of.

The very steep slope required significant retaining walls, so we developed a narrow floor plan that worked parallel to the topography. This narrow layout also allowed for daylight to enter on multiple sides of most rooms. The upper level has the best valley and mountain ridge views so the main living spaces and master bedroom are organized on the second floor, above a carport, guest bedrooms and an office. Efficient space planning packed a lot of functionality into this 2,100 square foot house. Outdoor spaces to the north and south flank the main living space. The outdoor spaces visually and physically connect the living area to the outdoors

Our clients were looking for modern architecture with a low maintenance exterior and a clean-lined and comfortable interior. We developed a light interior palette that provides a simple backdrop for an eclectic mix of antique and modern furniture. The cantilevered maple shelving is a design feature that displays our client’s art and craft collection and greets visitors as they arrive at the top of the central stair.

A top design priority for the home was minimizing energy use as much as possible while using cost effective and conventional building techniques. Polished concrete slabs are used to provide the proper thermal mass for passive solar energy, and roof overhangs are calculated for the correct year-round sun exposure. An efficient thermal envelope, ERV, and mechanical system also minimize energy use. Standing Stone Builders did an excellent job executing the construction of this modern passive solar house design.

Winner of 2017 AIA Asheville Residential Citation