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By Hanni Chehak / Published by Dwell
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.

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.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 1 of 30 - 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?

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?

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.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 2 of 30 - Instead of demolishing the existing house or adding a second story, the addition was added at the rear of the existing structure, separated by a new main entry courtyard. These new, public spaces take advantage of a connection to outdoor spaces at the rear of the lot.

Instead of demolishing the existing house or adding a second story, the addition was added at the rear of the existing structure, separated by a new main entry courtyard. These new, public spaces take advantage of a connection to outdoor spaces at the rear of the lot.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 3 of 30 - This approach allows for an extremely efficient use of space, leaving the smaller, existing bedrooms and living areas to be used as guest spaces and the new construction to be as large and open as possible. The material palette remains in context, while the execution and form make a decidedly modern statement.

This approach allows for an extremely efficient use of space, leaving the smaller, existing bedrooms and living areas to be used as guest spaces and the new construction to be as large and open as possible. The material palette remains in context, while the execution and form make a decidedly modern statement.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 4 of 30 - Designed by Ellen Casilly , Frank Konhaus and Anna Wirththis, the Cassilhaus is a multilevel residence, art gallery, and site for artists-in-residence.

Designed by Ellen Casilly , Frank Konhaus and Anna Wirththis, the Cassilhaus is a multilevel residence, art gallery, and site for artists-in-residence.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 5 of 30 - The complex, perched on a slope overlooking a forest owned by Duke University, has an 800-square-foot artist’s space and a 2,400-square-foot house.

The complex, perched on a slope overlooking a forest owned by Duke University, has an 800-square-foot artist’s space and a 2,400-square-foot house.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 6 of 30 - Inside the main volume, the master bedroom hovers over the living and dining area. Living areas maximize daylight with sleek, clerestory windows that give the illusion of a floating roof and yet protect sensitive artwork from direct sun.

Inside the main volume, the master bedroom hovers over the living and dining area. Living areas maximize daylight with sleek, clerestory windows that give the illusion of a floating roof and yet protect sensitive artwork from direct sun.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 7 of 30 - A bungalow reinterpreted, the Martin house harmoniously introduces new materials, spaces, and sustainable strategies to an older neighborhood, demonstrating both continuity and innovation.

A bungalow reinterpreted, the Martin house harmoniously introduces new materials, spaces, and sustainable strategies to an older neighborhood, demonstrating both continuity and innovation.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 8 of 30 - Designed by Tina Govan Architect the house maximizes the use of its tight urban lot both inside and out, opening up every indoor space to an outdoor one, allowing interior spaces to feel bigger.

Designed by Tina Govan Architect the house maximizes the use of its tight urban lot both inside and out, opening up every indoor space to an outdoor one, allowing interior spaces to feel bigger.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 9 of 30 - As an infill project in one of Raleigh's oldest downtown neighborhoods, the sustainable design features are unique--SIPs construction, geothermal heat pump, solar hot water for radiant heat and domestic use, rainwater collection, hardiplank siding, local pine trim, native landscaping and efficient space design.

As an infill project in one of Raleigh's oldest downtown neighborhoods, the sustainable design features are unique--SIPs construction, geothermal heat pump, solar hot water for radiant heat and domestic use, rainwater collection, hardiplank siding, local pine trim, native landscaping and efficient space design.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 10 of 30 - This modest modern house designed by Studio B Architecture is the happy result for one family on the increasingly common mission to construct a well designed, well built, sustainable, comfortable and sensible home on an ordinary budget.

This modest modern house designed by Studio B Architecture is the happy result for one family on the increasingly common mission to construct a well designed, well built, sustainable, comfortable and sensible home on an ordinary budget.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 11 of 30 - Three factory built modules were set apart so that the spanning site-constructed roof affords generous living space below. The family regularly gathers in this light-filled living area flanked by abundant north and south glazing.

Three factory built modules were set apart so that the spanning site-constructed roof affords generous living space below. The family regularly gathers in this light-filled living area flanked by abundant north and south glazing.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 12 of 30 - The exterior corrugated galvalume siding responds to the surrounding rural farm areas and more importantly, diminishes maintenance to afford the homeowners additional quality time for preferred activities.

The exterior corrugated galvalume siding responds to the surrounding rural farm areas and more importantly, diminishes maintenance to afford the homeowners additional quality time for preferred activities.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 13 of 30 - Designed by  John Reese Architect this downtown grocery store landmark was redesigned as a single-family residence and retains the traditional neighborhood character.

Designed by John Reese Architect this downtown grocery store landmark was redesigned as a single-family residence and retains the traditional neighborhood character.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 14 of 30 - The building structure is a balloon-type frame supported by a central beam and columns.  While the original look and proportions of the second floor elevations were maintained, the patch-worked walls below were redesigned to complement the upper story.

The building structure is a balloon-type frame supported by a central beam and columns. While the original look and proportions of the second floor elevations were maintained, the patch-worked walls below were redesigned to complement the upper story.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 15 of 30 - A floating platform defines the living zone and a concrete block wall surrounds a new commercial kitchen (a reference to the old store’s huge penny candy counter).

A floating platform defines the living zone and a concrete block wall surrounds a new commercial kitchen (a reference to the old store’s huge penny candy counter).

Triangle House Tours - Photo 16 of 30 - Bizios Architect gave the Rugby house a new lease on life by rearranging a few walls, adding 400 square feet, a screened porch, decks and patios.

Bizios Architect gave the Rugby house a new lease on life by rearranging a few walls, adding 400 square feet, a screened porch, decks and patios.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 17 of 30 - The architects and homeowners were able to preserve and accentuate the house's modern design features while transforming how it performs as a home.

The architects and homeowners were able to preserve and accentuate the house's modern design features while transforming how it performs as a home.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 18 of 30 - A screened porch and the kitchen were connected and are situated to enjoy southeast light and views of the site.

A screened porch and the kitchen were connected and are situated to enjoy southeast light and views of the site.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 19 of 30 - Angerio Design brought a spatial concept to the Stratton residence born from a desire for efficiency, openness, and storage. Utilitarian functions including desk space, photography print storage, laundry, toilet, shelving and drawers are all condensed into a single volumetric element that allows primary function areas to remain as spacious as possible.

Angerio Design brought a spatial concept to the Stratton residence born from a desire for efficiency, openness, and storage. Utilitarian functions including desk space, photography print storage, laundry, toilet, shelving and drawers are all condensed into a single volumetric element that allows primary function areas to remain as spacious as possible.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 20 of 30 - The aesthetic approach taken by Angerio Design assumes an attitude of balance; original 1890s finishes (wooden columns, beams, structural decking and brick bearing walls) are uncovered, preserved and displayed, and the interposition of more contemporary, volumetric forms establishes a contrast with those historic surfaces.

The aesthetic approach taken by Angerio Design assumes an attitude of balance; original 1890s finishes (wooden columns, beams, structural decking and brick bearing walls) are uncovered, preserved and displayed, and the interposition of more contemporary, volumetric forms establishes a contrast with those historic surfaces.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 21 of 30 - The addition of a loft increases square footage, providing a larger, more private office/workspace.

The addition of a loft increases square footage, providing a larger, more private office/workspace.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 22 of 30 - Designed by Frank Harmon this residence features deep roof overhangs shade the interior from high summer sun.

Designed by Frank Harmon this residence features deep roof overhangs shade the interior from high summer sun.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 23 of 30 - The house is perched on nine broad wood trusses to avoid cutting a single tree. The trusses also permit air and water to flow under the house, preserving the hydrology. The butterfly-shaped roof opens views to the creek and funnels rainwater into a collection system.

The house is perched on nine broad wood trusses to avoid cutting a single tree. The trusses also permit air and water to flow under the house, preserving the hydrology. The butterfly-shaped roof opens views to the creek and funnels rainwater into a collection system.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 24 of 30 - The entrance progresses from the top of the hill, across a bridge and into a balcony foyer. There the forest fills the interior through north-facing glass walls. A stair descends past the glass to the main living floor, which opens onto a partially secluded south-facing terrace below the bridge.

The entrance progresses from the top of the hill, across a bridge and into a balcony foyer. There the forest fills the interior through north-facing glass walls. A stair descends past the glass to the main living floor, which opens onto a partially secluded south-facing terrace below the bridge.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 25 of 30 - The Wheeler house, designed by Cherry Huffman Architects is a positive demonstration of an ongoing client-architect relationship and rests downhill from the street on a secluded, wooded site.

The Wheeler house, designed by Cherry Huffman Architects is a positive demonstration of an ongoing client-architect relationship and rests downhill from the street on a secluded, wooded site.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 26 of 30 - The house is transformed by inserting a minimalist glass corner into the kitchen. This single move creates a sculptural statement that becomes a foreground element and allows the rest of the house to become background to the glass form.

The house is transformed by inserting a minimalist glass corner into the kitchen. This single move creates a sculptural statement that becomes a foreground element and allows the rest of the house to become background to the glass form.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 27 of 30 - The interior is expressed through a series of simple planes that allow each space to flow to the next.

The interior is expressed through a series of simple planes that allow each space to flow to the next.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 28 of 30 - The single story home designed by Studio B Architecture is comprised of three rectangular forms, the central and tallest of which contains the primary living space.

The single story home designed by Studio B Architecture is comprised of three rectangular forms, the central and tallest of which contains the primary living space.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 29 of 30 - The Zuco home is modern, comfortable, light filled and energy efficient. A great example of a living space designed with thoughtful consideration of both the interior and exterior environments.

The Zuco home is modern, comfortable, light filled and energy efficient. A great example of a living space designed with thoughtful consideration of both the interior and exterior environments.

Triangle House Tours - Photo 30 of 30 - A concrete block hearth serves as the focus of the main living area as well as the delineation of the main entrance.

A concrete block hearth serves as the focus of the main living area as well as the delineation of the main entrance.

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