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Windy Gap Residence

Windy Gap Residence

Location: Asheville, NC
Type: New Construction

The Windy Gap Residence, located on Town Mountain Road, seeks to be understated yet still sophisticated. The low-profile form and dark palette keeps the exterior of the home hidden along the mountainside while capturing dramatic mountain views from the inside.

The space planning is organized around a central entry and stair that divides the public and private spaces. Exterior materials are brought into the two story entry space to reinforce the simple forms and the indoor-outdoor connection. Covered porches bookend the house offering public and private outdoor living. The long roof forms provide simple but striking lines on the landscape.

The wood and steel staircase is celebrated at both the front and back of the house. The main entrance opens onto the landing of the staircase. The dark paneling from the exterior is carried inside on the walls of the two story foyer. At the back of the house is a two story window wall that encases the staircase.

Our client’s priorities of energy performance and flexibility were important for their multi-generational family. A holistic energy efficient design achieved an energy performance of 47% better than code for a $2,700 annual energy savings and with a solar-ready roof that can take the house to Net Zero. 3 lower level spaces were designed to evolve over time with the family needs and can serve as guest bedrooms, an art studio, a future in-law’s suite, a bunk room or a den.

The volume of the main living space follows the rising roof line and has a bright and warm palette with oak floors and ceilings. Floor to ceiling windows and large sliding doors connect these spaces to the outdoors. A multi-use pantry/office is hidden off to the side of the room to keep laptops, mail and countertop appliances hidden away.

Project Team

Landscape Architect: Caitlin Sloop, ASLA