A Vision of Home

Hillsborough, NC The owners of a beautiful piece of land in Orange County had worked on ideas about their future home for a long time, and arrived in our office with a clear vision of the spaces and adjacencies they wished for in their new house. They had not yet been able to imagine the qualities of each room or the relationship of the structure as a whole to the

Across the Pond

Across the Pond

Chapel Hill, NC We encourage our clients to look for and share with us design ideas and images that exemplify the qualities and character of places which they would like to have in their homes.  Across the Pond is a great example of this process.  The owners had studied many house designs and had collected examples and images of places in which they would like to live.  Through discussions, diagrams,

Meadow View Residence

The owners of this custom home dreamt of creating a house that would integrate with the meadow and woods of their 20-acre property in the agrarian landscape of Orange County. Avid entertainers, they wanted a house to share with family and friends both at large gatherings and for intimate dinners.

Davis Residence

Davis Residence

Both peaceful retreat and ideal setting for entertaining, this home is situated on a wooded lot in an established neighborhood near a lake and park. The house’s form and exterior materials recall the simple vernacular architecture of the region. In contrast, the interior’s dramatic two-story volumes, open stairs, continuous space, cozy lofts, two-sided wood-burning fireplace, expansive views and abundant natural light create a dynamic yet highly functional living environment.

Haw River Retreat

This 2013 AIA Merit Award winning getaway home overlooks the Haw River in North Carolina. The owners decided to build a retreat that will later serve as a guesthouse when they retire and build their permanent home. The design expands and redefines the relationship of interior and exterior spaces.

Holmgren Sidell House

Conceived and designed as a “cottage in the garden” set in the heart of Chapel Hill, this small-footprint home fits into its neighborhood and offers magnificent views of its surrounding gardens.

Cuthrell Lamb Residence

Inspired by two families’ love for the water and coastal activities, this weekend retreat and future retirement home overlooks the intercostal waterway.

Durham Pool House

The rural vernacular of a restored farmhouse and barn inspired the creation of a year-round place to swim and entertain. The barn-like structure encompasses a fifty-foot lap pool for a devoted swimmer.

Lakkas Residence

Built on an infill lot in an established Raleigh neighborhood, the house fits the diverse, unpretentious character of the neighborhood while comfortably accommodating a multigenerational family.

Lake Gaston Retreat

A lakeside retreat designed as a gathering place for an extended family is set among trees on a dramatically sloping site.

Carrboro Cottage

Nestled on a small, wooded lot in a well-established neighborhood, this home was designed in response to the eclectic mix of bungalows and cottages nearby. The light-filled interior offers spacious rooms and cozy nooks.

Cottage on White Lake

A simple structure built in the fifties on a waterfront lot in White Lake, NC, had served three generations of a family well. But its age and lack of modern amenities necessitated building a new place.

The Porches

Located on a six-hundred-acre nature preserve in eastern North Carolina, this retreat was designed to maximize opportunities for enjoying the beauty of the landscape and its natural inhabitants.

Studio Guesthouse

The rolling farmland of Hillsborough, North Carolina, suggests simple pleasures, peaceful evenings for contemplation, and a timeless quality.

French Rowe

North Carolina vernacular architecture echoes in the simple, gabled form of this highly sustainable home. Its location in a cohousing community where residents actively participate in the neighborhood’s appearance and operation required energy-conscious design and construction.

London Residence

A family home in the countryside overlooking the cape fear river. On the upper level, the parents enjoy natural light, 360-degree views, and a private deck.

Bizios Residence

Georgia Bizios designed her own home to fit a site in a quaint neighborhood near downtown Chapel Hill. A spacious interior feel is created by a design that provides for variety of ceiling heights, rooms that open onto other rooms, and light from two sides in every room.

Hillsborough Residence

A sparsely wooded meadow and rolling farmland gave us the opportunity to create a special retreat that embodies the serenity of country life and participates in the beauty of nature.