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A Gothic-Inspired Modern Home

Modernism's crisp lines and ornament-free surfaces bear little resemblance to Gothic architecture's gingerbread house–like flourishes. But in the North Carolina residence belonging to a musician and his son, Medieval structures informed the contemporary design. Michael Rank approached Raleigh-based firm Tonic to create a house that emphasized his love of tall, vertical spaces and staircases. A professional musician, Rank also requested space for a recording studio. Privacy was paramount as was room for his collection of art and muscle cars. Tonic took all the requirements and delivered a thoughtfully planned two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house at about $200 per square foot.

In Pittsboro, North Carolina, design-build firm Tonic contstructed a four-story, 3,200-square-foot residence for a musician and his son. By using, a philosophy of "construction-led design" to inform the structure's details, the firm was able to realize the design for $200 per square foot. Located on a 60-acre plot of land, the house features green elements like a small foorprint, bamboo flooring, Energy Star appliances, natural daylighting, an efficient HVAC system, and operable windows for cross ventilation.

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