Form Follows Function
Challenged with a tiny lot and a tight budget, a small house rises to the occasion.
Synopsis: When faced with the prospect of designing an artists’ enclave of six houses on a steep 2-acre lot in Asheville, N.C., architect Daryl Rantis looked up for inspiration. His design evolved into a three-story structure, with private spaces (bedrooms) on the top floor, public spaces (kitchen, living area, dining area) on the second floor, and an art studio on the bottom floor. The design has 1300 sq. ft. of living space and three bathrooms. The simple design appeals to both modern and traditional sensibilities.
For many years, the Chicken Hill area of Asheville, N.C., was best known for a large cotton mill that employed many in the close-knit hillside community.
When the mill closed in the 1950s, the neighborhood fell on hard times, but lately, it’s become a hot spot for artisans who value its quirky charm and proximity to Asheville’s river Arts District. When a local builder…