Craven Gap Residence

Asheville, North Carolina
Photographer
  • Todd Crawford
Location
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Square Feet
  • 2000
  • This modern passive and active solar residence sits on steep mountain land with great views looking down the Beaverdam Valley in Western North Carolina. The house is on a south-facing slope that allowed the owners to build the energy efficient home they had been dreaming of.

    The steep forested site required creative site planning and space planning to minimize land disturbance and construction costs. We developed a narrow 20’ wide plan oriented parallel to the topography. Efficient space planning packed a lot of functionality into the 2,100 square foot house. Outdoor spaces flank the main living space, which expand the living area to the outdoors. The upper level has the best views, so the main living spaces and master bedroom are on the second floor and stack over a carport, guest bedrooms and office.

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

    
The main design directive from our clients was to minimize energy use while still using cost effective and conventional building techniques. Polished concrete slabs are used throughout to provide the proper thermal mass for passive solar energy, and roof overhangs were calculated for the correct year-round sun exposure. An efficient thermal envelope, ERV, and conventional heat pump mechanical system also minimize energy use. The house achieved a HERS rating of 50 (50% more efficient than a standard new home) after it was completed.  Though, since completion, the homeowners installed a 5 kW roof mounted PV system that will bring the house to, or close to, net zero energy use.

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    Modern home with Exterior, House, Metal Roof Material, and Concrete Siding Material. Exterior uses a neutral color palette with modern and clean lines. Photo  of Craven Gap Residence

    Exterior uses a neutral color palette with modern and clean lines.

    Modern home with Kitchen, Concrete Floor, Wood Cabinet, Pendant Lighting, Refrigerator, Wall Oven, Range Hood, Range, and Undermount Sink. The main living spaces are arranged in a light-filled open floor plan. Photo 2 of Craven Gap Residence

    The main living spaces are arranged in a light-filled open floor plan.

    Modern home with Living Room, Pendant Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Gas Burning Fireplace, Standard Layout Fireplace, Sofa, and Concrete Floor. The dark, oxidized steel fireplace anchors the living room.  Photo 3 of Craven Gap Residence

    The dark, oxidized steel fireplace anchors the living room.

    Modern home with Kitchen, Pendant Lighting, Concrete Floor, and Undermount Sink. Sliding door to the balcony is located off the kitchen space. Photo 4 of Craven Gap Residence

    Sliding door to the balcony is located off the kitchen space.

    Modern home with Hallway and Concrete Floor. Cantilevered maple shelving at the central stair shows off an eclectic art collection. Photo 5 of Craven Gap Residence

    Cantilevered maple shelving at the central stair shows off an eclectic art collection.

    Modern home with Bedroom, Chair, Bed, and Concrete Floor. Large windows in the master bedroom bring the outdoors in. Photo 6 of Craven Gap Residence

    Large windows in the master bedroom bring the outdoors in.

    Modern home with Exterior, House, Metal Roof Material, and Concrete Siding Material. The home looks out over a valley in Western North Carolina. Photo 7 of Craven Gap Residence

    The home looks out over a valley in Western North Carolina.