The Westwood Wedge (as we fondly call it) is located in the rapidly changing neighborhood of West Asheville. The building lot is on an active street with high visibility. After an initial site study and survey we quickly determined that locating the house towards the rear of the property would protect it from the street and offer increased privacy. It would also allow for a generous porch to spill out on the neighboring field and make a strong connection to the landscape.
Throughout the process we thought carefully about how the house would be used and what spaces would require a new approach. By locating a sunken living room and kitchen at the rear of the house we maximized views and privacy, but also gave the voluminous area a sense of intimacy by stepping it down from the entry. In the end, a high level of involvement, collaborative approach, and desire for energy efficiency resulted in a house that is both site specific and entirely unique.