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Triangle House Tours

On October 2 the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will host the inaugural East Coast residential design home tour.  The Triangle Tour will take place between the hours of 10am-6pm in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Tour features ten homes and nine architects and collectively showcases a diverse range of design approaches, set in a context of residential spaces that are in a similar locale. Participants will see a mix of renovations, condominiums, existing home additions, new constructions and traditional styles.

The Barker residence in Raleigh, North Carolina is designed by Vernacular Studio. Located in the Five Points neighborhood near downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, this addition and renovation provides a unique response to a typical building problem in this area: How does one add-on to prewar structures without destroying the character of the existing neighborhood?

Each of the ten homes featured on the tour is a collaborative effort between architect and homeowner, designed with the specific needs of the homeowner in mind. Ensuring the family’s personality, preferences and lifestyle were integrated into the design philosophy and construction was key in each approach. The tour's secondary goal is to educate the general public about AIA's definition of good home design and ensure participants experience this good design "from the inside out" through a variety of different residential approaches.

The Tour encourages participants to meet with architects and designers, explore housing trends that integrate sustainable design features and discover unique design solutions that inspire residential living. Prior to October 2, an educational series—free to the general public—will take place and include panel discussions with tour architects, trade professionals and sustainability experts. Home Tour tickets are available online and at select Harris Teeter locations.

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