The Washington Ave Project consisted of two design build homes that we completed in the spring of 2017. These homes were conceptualized after the purchase of an empty lot in South Fayetteville. Our goal in developing this property was to bring a fresh new style of home design to the neighborhood while keeping the traditional gable style of roof line that is found throughout the neighborhood. We hoped to build two homes that were simple in form and material but that challenged the traditional ideas of a home, and that were pleasant to look at and live in.
We felt strongly that both of these homes should have their own distinct floor plan and design features. On the exterior we wanted to use a mix of materials that were relatively maintenance free (metal and stucco) with a material that would age with time (cedar). We feel that there is a balance in mixing materials and that it is imperative to find that balance to keep from making things too busy. The interior of both houses are characterized by an open floor plan with defined living areas. The living room, dining room, and kitchen all have their defined spaces while being open to each other.
The lot that these homes are built on has a 6' drop in elevation from the road to the back of the house. With two different 2' step downs in the slab we were able to keep the back of the house only a few feet off of the final grade of the yard. We used these steps in the slab to help define public areas from the private areas in the homes and also keep an accessible connection to the yard/outdoors.