We have fallen in love with the “bach” - and so have our clients! While living in New Zealand, our clients discovered the bach (pronounced “batch”), a traditional and modest beachside home tucked among the cliffs. The name is thought to derive from “bachelor pad” or perhaps from the Welsh word for “small.”

Our client, a young family of five, asked us to design a contemporary farmhouse on mountain land that has been in their family since a Revolutionary War land grant. The farmstead features numerous structures built by the husband’s great grandfather and served as our inspiration: simple forms and a character rich with a sense of place. Our design honors the history of the valley with a new home that could be perceived as a thoughtful renovation to the original house. Tradition governs the home’s form: the classic farmhouse gable with wrap-around porch. A modern approach directs the details: clean lines, open

The Montreat Modern Residence is designed to be in harmony with its setting and to fulfill the family’s hopes for a multi-generational getaway. Our clients and their extended family have enjoyed the Montreat area for many years and wanted a permanent place that can be enjoyed for generations to come. This house, now in construction, is sited on a steep north-sloping mountainside. Limited access from the street and difficult topography presented a design challenge that was solved with an elegant L-shaped plan. The primary linear form of the home provides a welcoming covered entry on the south side and a covered

  It's always a treat to get to revisit an old project, especially when we get to redesign it for new owners! We originally designed the Webb Cove Residence in 2002 for an industrious retired couple. The Craftsman-style house served as a cozy sanctuary for the couple, nestled in about 10 heavily wooded acres in North Asheville. The original design employed several sustainable strategies, including robust roof and wall insulation and a destratification fan to recirculate warm air. All of these characteristics made the house and location desirable to the current owners, a local chef and restaurateur with two young children.   Original