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.