Fairy Tale Tudor

Fairy Tale Tudor

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, a Tudor home was built by an enchanted forest. Once others saw it, they loved it and built another that was a little different from the first. As time went on, the highly favored design changed a little here, a little there. Today you may find a Tudor home tucked away in the country, the suburbs or the city. While you’ll discover aspects of Tudor in a range of homes from charming cottages to stately mansions, you can usually recognize its style by ... [Read more...]

Intentional Communities Near You

Intentional Communities Near You

Intentional Community is a planned residential community of people with a shared vision. If you thought intentional communities were only on the west coast or somewhere in Europe, you might be surprised to learn that they’re also right here in North Carolina. For instance, Carrboro has two - Pacifica and Arcadia Cohousing. If you start looking, you’ll also find them in Pittsboro, Durham and Chapel Hill. Intentional communities are as diverse as the people who choose to live in ... [Read more...]

City Living: Why a Loft Works Well

City Living: Why a Loft Works Well

A loft apartment or condominium often re-purposes an industrial building in the city, offering the ultimate in recycling. What was once known as an artist’s loft offers a stylish home space for many young professionals. Lofts give you the top three things to look for in real estate - location, location, location. They’re convenient to the myriad culture, entertainment and restaurant choices of a city. While many people realize that bigger cities like New York and Los Angeles have lofts ... [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Be Abraham Lincoln to Live in a Log Home

You Don’t Have to Be Abraham Lincoln to Live in a Log Home

For as long as people have been building houses, handcrafted log homes have been built all over the world from nearby trees. The oldest known surviving American log home is the C. A. Nothnagle Log House (circa 1640) in New Jersey. As early as 1880, pre-fabricated log homes in Norway could be ordered from a catalog where orders were filled with factory built parts from milled logs that were transported and reassembled on the new home site. The idea was so popular that pre-fabricated log ... [Read more...]

Coming home to Country, City and the Suburbs: the American Farmhouse

Coming home to Country, City and the Suburbs: the American Farmhouse

Does a farmhouse with an ample front porch and sprawling design feel like home to you? If so, you’re in good company. Some may be nostalgic for childhood memories of grandparents who farmed. Others need a home that will be the setting for backyard chickens and an heirloom vegetable garden. Every culture on earth designed and built some sort of farmhouse, using the best of locally available materials to build a serviceable, practical house. Our area has farmhouses that date back a century or ... [Read more...]

Old World Charm with a Modern Twist: Spanish Style Homes

Old World Charm with a Modern Twist: Spanish Style Homes

With a nod toward European and Mediterranean allure, Spanish design encompasses several genres: Spanish Colonial Revival, Spanish Moorish, California Mission and Spanish Eclectic. First popular in the United States in the early 20’s, the wave of popularity can be traced back to the 1915 world’s fair held in San Diego California. Not only were street cars introduced to handle the anticipated crowds, the best and brightest architects of that era created buildings and landscapes with elements ... [Read more...]

Going Dutch? Dutch Colonial Homes in the Triangle

Going Dutch? Dutch Colonial Homes in the Triangle

As early as the 1600’s European settlers built a style of house that’s known today as Dutch Colonial. Some attribute the house design to early German immigrants who came to Pennsylvania and were known as Pennsylvania Dutch, an Anglicization of the word “deutsche” meaning German. Other experts claim the house was first built by the Dutch in New York’s Hudson’s Valley. Either way, the Dutch Colonials built in the United States look very much like farmhouses found in the rolling hills of ... [Read more...]

Victorian Houses: More Than an Era

Victorian Houses: More Than an Era

Mention Victorian anything, and images of morning coats, pocket watches, lace fans and high buttoned shoes are easily beckoned to your mind. For many, a Victorian style home represents a tangible longing for a simpler time. The original Victorian houses roughly coincided to a time in history when Queen Victoria ruled Britain (from 1837-1901). Modern industrialization of that time period created architectural innovations that were reproduced for houses of varied price ranges. Besides the ... [Read more...]

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

Rediscovering Ranch Style HousesRanch houses, low, sleek and modernist style one-story homes, were first developed in California in the late 1920’s and early 30’s. Architects like Cliff May created homes inspired by haciendas and ranchos, houses with large family areas connected to other rooms including an al-fresco dining room available in courtyards and patios. The living was simple, casual and uncluttered. The design lent itself easily to tract housing from the 40’s to the 70’s, and was ... [Read more...]

American Icon of Ingenuity: the Cape Cod House

American Icon of Ingenuity: the Cape Cod House

Leave it to those early American colonists to create a house design that’s still very popular today. You have to admire their creativity. Far from home, they initially wanted to re-create a simple house they remembered from England with a hall and a parlor. What they started to plan quickly morphed into a new design to meet the challenges of Massachusetts weather. The wintery coast wind felt bitterly cold, and snow fall could be measured in feet rather than inches. They needed a roof that ... [Read more...]