2018 Parade Of Homes!

Front elevation rendering of our 2018 Parade Home

Front elevation rendering of our 2018 Parade Home

This past weekend kicked off the 2018 Asheville Homebuilders Parade of Homes. We are thankful to have our first ever entry in the Parade of Homes. We featured our Modern Farmhouse in Cane Creek this year. We would like to give a big shout out to all the folks that helped make this home the gem that it is!

We are lucky to live in a builders market that produces some exceptional craftsmanship and thankful we are able to help keep the bar of excellence very high.

The feedback we received from this weekend was awesome! We had approximately 250+ visitors to the home and seeing there eyes light up when they walked through the door brought us a special satisfaction and is truly why we love what we do.

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People really loved this kitchen and great room. The 21’+ tall ceilings give the space a grandiose feel when you walk through the front door. The simple and clean finished we choose throughout the house allow the space to feel welcoming despite the tall ceilings. The quarter-sawn white oak flooring was given a Bona matte finish, which compliments the matte finish of the concrete countertops we used throughout the project. The rubbed through vintage red island in the kitchen is the focal piece of the great room and adds an interesting flair to the space.

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The fireplace surround is another highlight of this home, it features a white herringbone brick tile, a custom concrete mantle/hearth and continues up with a white oak herringbone pattern. The rest of the home is accented with similar finishes to ensure the simple consistency found within old farmhouses and to help keep cost down for this project. There is one more weekend available to come see this home for yourself! Come join us October 20&21 1pm-5pm. Visit the link on our home page for more details/directions.

West Asheville Remodel/Tiny Home is Complete

We are excited to show off some final shots of this wonderful project! It really has been a transformative one, starting back in August 2017 with Demo Day.

Demo day took its toll on us...

Demo day took its toll on us...

This collaboration with Threadbanger, a popular YouTube channel gave us a great opportunity to showcase our skills and get a little exposure on YouTube! Rob and Corinne were fantastic clients and their vision is what made this project a special one.

When we first looked at this job, it didn't appear to need that much work. However, once demo commenced we realized just how much work it needed. We started demo on the main house by removing the interior plaster. Corinne was dead set on having vaulted ceilings to open up the living room and kitchen, thanks Joanna Gaines! This helped us expose all of the problems that were hidden in the walls of this more than 90 year old home. It also allowed us to rebuild this home with all of the modern conveniences we normally put in our new homes.

before picture of the house

before picture of the house

Rob and Corinne both had a strong emphasis on green building techniques in both houses. We had solar analysis and solar rough-ins for future panels on both the main house and tiny house. The plan here was to include enough panels to provide 80% of both homes future energy needs. We also installed new aluminum clad windows and spray foam insulation in the walls. 

On the exterior we re-siding a good portion of the house using the same German lap siding that we found on the house. This really helped tie this house to its original charm. We also removed the old gutters and replaced the soffit and fascia. On the tiny house we kept very similar details so the two homes feel connected even though they are separated by the back yard.

 

 

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The front column show the stone work we did to match the original stone foundation.

The front column show the stone work we did to match the original stone foundation.

The finishes on the inside of the house are where Corinne really showed off her attention to detail. The cabinets, tile, trim, stone and paint selections worked seamlessly together and really gave the home a modern retro feel.

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Final touches/paint on the rear of the house.

Final touches/paint on the rear of the house.

The floor plan of the house changed from the original as well, we added an off suite laundry from the master and door into the bathroom. We also, framed out a timber framed screened in porch to allow the outside in. This was one of our favorite additions to the house.

Overall, this turned out to be an awesome project for Steel Root Builders, our clients were amazing and they really allowed us to use our creativity to build them a custom home for years to come!

West Asheville Remodel/Tiny House Project!

Its been a minute since we've updated our blog. That's because we have a lot of exciting projects we are working on. One of which is a West Asheville remodel with a tiny home, which is also know n as an ADU (accessory dwelling unit). These ADU's are becoming wildly popular throughout Asheville, NC and they are especially desired in the tight confines of West Asheville. 

We only anticipating this sector of infill development to expand in Asheville since our mountainous terrain limits the amount of land available for urban sprawl. 

This particular project is in collaboration with the You Tube channel Threadbanger! It will be shown as an eight part series and aired on the Threadbanger You Tube Channel. We are only half-way completed with the filming so I can only share part of the excitement going on, but please feel free to subscribe to the Threadbanger You Tube channel to keep up to date with the action!

The initial plan for this project was a partial house renovation only. However, Rob and Corinne (Threadbanger) decided they wanted to "vault" the ceiling add more square footage and build a tiny house. With the increased scope of work, clearly the job became more involved and exciting for us!

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After reframing the entire roof system, we added a bathroom and screened porch addition off the back of the house.

The screen porch timber frame 

The screen porch timber frame 

After pouring a monolithic slab, we began framing the tiny house in the backyard. The tiny house is approximately 400 square feet, complete with a spiral staircase and sleeping loft.

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Then we re-wired, re-plumbed and installed a new HVAC system in the main house/mini split in the tiny house. As well as install new Jeld-Wen aluminum clad windows throughout both the main house/tiny house.

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After passing all of our inspections, we sprayed open cell foam thruoghout the tiny house and main house walls. Foam insulation is the best product for sealing up an old drafty house. The tightness of this building envelope greatly improves the efficiency of this house performance.

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After insulation, we put up the drywall and primed it. Then we laced in new hardwood flooring with the original hardwood floors. Once we stain and finish the flooring the old and new will be extremely difficult to differentiate. 

Floors being "laced" back together

Floors being "laced" back together

That's all we can show for now, next blog we will revel the trim, siding repairs, tile work, and cabinet install. Stay tuned!

Floors, Siding and Sheetrock Complete

Our custom barn house project is coming along nicely. We have made great progress thanks to our great subs and detailed project management from Nate. The rough-ins finished smoothly and we quickly added spray foam insulation throughout. This house is sealed up tight and the energy bills will reflect this! Sheetrock soon followed and really made the great room pop! Its always nice to see how a space looks after the sheetrock is complete. The flooring we chose on this project was a #2 quarter sawn white oak (one of the best wood flooring options in our opinion) The rustic nature of the #2 fits perfect with the barn house feel. We are really looking forward to seeing the next phases on this project, stay tuned it going to be special!

The rough-ins finished smoothly and we quickly added spray foam insulation throughout. This house is sealed up tight and the energy bills will reflect this!

The rough-ins finished smoothly and we quickly added spray foam insulation throughout. This house is sealed up tight and the energy bills will reflect this!

 Early morning siding installation

 Early morning siding installation

Looking down from the upstairs loft on the great room floors. The #2 quarter sawn oak looks awesome!

Looking down from the upstairs loft on the great room floors. The #2 quarter sawn oak looks awesome!

Windows, Doors and Decks

Our "barn house" project, as we have termed it, is coming along nicely. We have installed our aluminum clad Pella windows and doors, which look amazing in the all black color. The Soffits have been painted to match the windows with a satin black finish. The all white walls are really going to make this house pop once we get the siding up. This custom home features all kinds of interesting details inside and out. 

On the interior we have been busy on rough-ins and punch framing. We are now well over the half way point for rough-ins and should be insulating by the end of the month. Stay tuned for more updates!

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In the dry...almost

Our framing crew has been hard at work on our modern farmhouse project. We are almost completely in the dry and should be setting windows within a week. This house features an amazing great room with tons on natural light. We are super excited to see this custom home take its final shape. Stay tuned!

Julio and Lola hanging out talking over the details

The gambrel shape really makes this house look like a barn.

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This door and window combo will bring in tons of natural light!

Framing has begun!

We are excited to be going vertical on this modern farmhouse in the Cane Creek area! Our framing crew is top notch and have made some great progress over the last two week! We decided to use the new Huber system foam floor glue and Quick-drive screw system to lock down the subfloor and ensure no pesky squeaks pop up. Roof trusses are schedule for next week so stay tuned for more progress updates on this custom home!

Second floor subfloor going down!

Second floor subfloor going down!

Second floor cantilevered trusses make for a dramatic great room in this house.

Second floor cantilevered trusses make for a dramatic great room in this house.

View from the garage of the first floor walls.

View from the garage of the first floor walls.

New custom modern farmhouse coming soon....

New custom modern farmhouse coming soon....

Steel Root Builders is about to break ground next month on a unique modern farmhouse in the Cane Creek Valley just outside of Asheville. We have been working for months on the design with our clients and Josh Pettler at C3 design studio in Asheville. Josh has done a great job incorporating our clients vision while maintianing the integrity of traditional farmhouse/barn style architecture. Really looking forward to seeing this one take shape!

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