Clad in black, white, and gray stucco, with stained cypress sheathing, this 4,200-square-foot home near Raleigh, North Carolina, is heated and cooled by three geothermal wells. All functional lighting is LED, and a combination of spray foam and sustainable insulation forms a tight envelope. Careful with its orientation to the sun, the architects also utilized passive ventilation and overhangs.
For a house in South Carolina's Lowcountry, architect James Choate selected materials that need no maintenance and that would patina gracefully over time, including weathered fieldstone, clear-grained cedar, and copper. “They’re traditional materials, as old as construction itself,” Choate observes. “But nothing else about the house is traditional. To put a contemporary house in the Lowcountry is a real shocker.”
Creative bartering and a healthy dose of sweat equity allowed a young Charleston couple to transform a derelict 19th-century structure into an inspired living space. The trio of pendant lamps hanging above the counter came from Schoolhouse Electric Co. and were reworked by Peyton Avrett to fit the width of the header beam to which they are attached. The bar stools were gifted from a friend.
This modern prefab house in North Carolina was built for under $200,000 in 2003.
This streamlined, modern North Carolina house is sited for maximum privacy on the edge of the forest, with living and deck spaces opening up to the trees. “It’s carefully nestled into the woods to capture the views, both near and far, that are important to both the site and the clients,” architect Matthew Griffith says.