Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What Makes it a Famhouse? Find Out This SATURDAY SEPT 26 9AM-5PM

What makes it a farmhouse? Good question: these days it seems like there isn't always a working farm associated with the house. So I guess we are looking at the qualities of the home that give it, for lack of a better term, "farmhousiness". BuildSense has two beautiful homes featured on this Saturday's AIA Triangle Tour of Residential Architecture. We are proud to have been included among the seven recipients of this year's AIA Triangle Residential Design Awards. While all seven will be featured on the tour, it just so happens that both BuildSense homes are farmhouses with a lot of unique differences and surprising similarities. One home, built in 1874, has recently undergone a massive renovation and addition to retain the farmhouse charm yet live and function with a more contemporary open plan. The other home, recently completed in 2014, is clearly identified as non-traditional but successfully captures the rustic charm of the farmhouse. While these homes are from different times and places, the handcrafted qualities, materials, textures, and styles of each home strongly define each as a "Farmhouse". See the images below for a glimpse of each home. To fully experience each home, join us at the tour this SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26 FROM 9AM-5PM. For more information and tickets, visit: www.aiatriangletour.com.

1874 Farmhouse Renovation - Redefined exterior entrance

1874 Farmhouse Renovation - New dining banquette

1874 Farmhouse Renovation - New kitchen island

1874 Farmhouse Renovation - New mudroom

1874 Farmhouse Renovation - New master bedroom

2014 Farmhouse

2014 Farmhouse - Exterior porch

2014 Farmhouse - Kitchen/Living with Southern View

2014 Farmhouse - Walnut Dining Table

2014 Farmhouse - Reclaimed brick and lumber

2014 Farmhouse - Master bedroom

Monday, August 24, 2015

"Our House Kicks the Ass of Even Other Efficient Homes"

Those aren’t our words, but I don’t feel comfortable censoring the words of our clients. That is the title of an email from a client of ours after receiving their Duke Energy “My Home Energy Report”. We take pride in our house-proud clients. It’s an incredible feeling to have them call or email to tell us; “Our screened porch is the best place on earth” or, “The office niche really is all I needed, and it cuts down on my clutter too” or, “I didn’t know that a house could have even temperatures from room to room throughout the different seasons, but we do!” Today, I received another “My Home Energy Report” from a recent client who has been in her home for just over one full year. We love that she is so excited about her home’s energy efficiency that she shares it with us. The graphic format makes the information even stronger and more impressive. I’ve attached it for your viewing pleasure. Consider the benefits of building to a higher standard when you choose to build. Not only will you benefit from lower monthly energy bills, you’ll have a more comfortable and healthy indoor environment.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BuildSense Back at it Teaching Summer Design/Build at NCSU School of Architecture

North Carolina State University's College of Design Summer Design-Build Studio is in full swing. This year, the veteran leadership team from BuildSense (Randy Lanou, Erik Mehlman, and Scott Metheny) are once again joined by Ellen Cassilly to lead the School of Architecture program comprised of 18 Architecture Students. However, the collaboration at NCSU has reached new levels. This year's project is for the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Zoological Teaching Animal Unit (that's the NCSUCVMZTAU for those of you paying close attention). Additionally, we have enlisted the help of professors and students of the School of Landscape Architecture in this incredibly diverse and multi-disciplinary design-build venture. The project is an animal husbandry shed on the ZTAU grounds. For more details, see the following blog from Dr. Michael Stoskopf.

The roof is underway at the new ZTAU Animal Husbandry Shed