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Jones Cove Farmhouse

Jones Cove Farmhouse

Location: Asheville, NC
Type: New Construction

Our clients own an expansive mountain farm property in Buncombe County and wished to build a modern home focused on entertaining friends and hosting their large family. A thoughtful combination of small and large spaces and a variety of connections to the outdoors creates a home our client’s family can live and entertain in for generations to come.

Sustainable Highlights
• HERS Rating 50 (approximately 50% better than code) and projected to save over $5,000 a year in energy costs
• Geothermal heating and cooling
• Solar-ready roof

To provide the space needed to meet the owners’ needs, the design consists of multiple structures linked together with paths, transparent passages, and breezeways. This solution recalls historic farm properties that have been added to over time. Dividing the home into smaller masses also prevented the house from dominating the landscape. The public and private forms are separated by a glass entry passage and garden courtyard. In the main living space, a two-story window wall overlooks the courtyard and serves as a natural backdrop for the main stair. The garden provides views of the landscape from all 4 sides as well as sun shading from the specimen tree.

Suspended light fixtures provide functional art that gives the right quality of light for the stair and can be viewed from multiple rooms and outdoor spaces.

The oak paneled space, affectionately named the Barlor, was designed as an intimate counterpoint to the larger gathering spaces. The corner windows provide a welcoming glow for arriving guests and a vantage point out to the entry, play lawn and pool.

The owners also needed spaces to gather outside. In collaboration with our clients and landscape architect Drake Fowler, we created a sequence of outdoor gathering moments, including a sunset-facing screened porch, a drive doubling as half basketball court, a bocce lawn, and a lawn that connects the main house to a pool.  The pool pavilion is located at the edge of the forest and provides sun, shade, and downhill views of the farm valley.  This space includes an outdoor kitchen, a communal farm table, and a stone fireplace.  A small garden creates an intimate counterpoint to the gathering spaces and provides a landscape buffer between pool activity and the property’s main entrance drive.

Project Team

Landscape: Drake Fowler
Photographer: Tzu Chen