Matt Rooks left his hometown of Wilmington to attend college in Charleston, South Carolina, and then took jobs that lasted five years each in the cold climates of Chicago and Seattle. A few years ago, he decided it was time to go back south and take root closer to home.
“I chose Asheville because I really love the mountains and the outdoors. It’s also a short drive from home, ”said Rooks.
To settle in, Matt decided to build in an area 10 minutes north of town. He opted for a modern, rustic house plan with some unique architectural features.
His two-and-a-half story house on Pinewood Avenue, selected for inclusion in the Asheville Homebuilders Association-sponsored Parade of Homes in October 2018, is a stacked design on a quarter acre. His property, which is just a five-minute walk from Beaver Lake, has unobstructed views of the area and partial views of the surrounding mountains from the upper level, he said.
The exterior has two architecturally impressive radius roofs. Exterior stone combined with board and lath and cement board siding blend into the natural environment.
More windows, more decks
The house design is unique, with features from similar designs that can be found online. Rooks said he came across an online house plan and worked with builders to change a few things to match the topography of his property.
He converted a bonus room on the lower level of the house plan and turned it into a garage that blended in well with the sloping landscape. He also pulled the laundry room from the master bedroom closet and fitted it into the lower level of the house so he could expand it and have more space.
Rooks wanted lots of windows throughout the house, so he opted for Jeld-Wen casement windows, which not only offer a clear view of his surroundings, but also allow you to catch the summer breeze.
“I’ve lived in apartments for 15 years, so I wanted two things: lots of natural light from the windows and lots of living space outside.”
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To create the outdoor living space he wanted, Rooks added a third deck to the plan, which already provided for two large decks. All three decks are covered and have tongue and groove ceilings.
The side deck has space for a gas grill and overlooks a seating area in the fire pit and Rooks’ small vegetable garden. The larger of the decks is behind the house, where Rooks added comfortable deck furniture.
“It’s a great common room. It gets the brightest during the day and expands the living room with large sliding doors that open and basically double the living room, ”he said.
Merge with the environment
The third deck extends over the garage and has a ceiling fan. All decks are equipped with almost invisible cables instead of traditional wooden spindles. There is also a wooden retaining wall and part of the yard is fenced.
The landscaping consists of flagstone walkways from the entrance gate to the porch where it splits and wraps around the house. The front drive is gravel and lined with crepe myrtle. The way back to the garage is cement.
When building, Rooks was aware of the environment and the use of natural resources. He had a circulation pump added to the water heater to avoid waste. He added smart home features like a nest thermostat for heating and air conditioning that can be controlled via his phone.
“It helps me regulate and monitor the heat and air when I’m not home,” he said.
Some lights on the front and rear verandas and in the stairwell are automatic and are only switched on when required. The internal wooden staircase is made of pine wood and has a cable railing. It leads to the top-level guest room that Rooks, who owns Roost Home Watch, has converted into his office.
A lover of natural wood, Rooks used a lot of it throughout the house, including the acacia wood floors. The 9-foot Douglas fir front door was shipped from Seattle.
“I’m very into natural wood, but at the same time I’m very modern,” said Rooks. “I always wanted a really nice solid wood door. It reminds me of my time in Seattle. “
Two exposed beams in the entrance area help mix the different types of wood in the house. The wooden mantle over the fireplace matches the stairs. An open floor plan with 21-foot ceilings gives the house a spacious feel and allows natural flow from the living room to the kitchen.
The modern kitchen has a large sink and stainless steel GE appliances with gas hobs and hoods. Countertops are white quartz with white subway tile backsplash and granite-colored cabinets that add some color.
There is underfloor heating in the master bath, and the darker tiles flow from the floor into the walls of the spacious shower and over large sliding glass doors. The master bedroom is on the main level and has a walk-in closet with lights that turn on automatically. The two guest bathrooms are fitted with underground tiles, and Rooks has built pocket doors into the house to save space wherever possible.
The three bedroom, three bathroom house was built in 2016. Although Rooks loves the house he designed to his liking, he gives up as he needs more space for his growing household clocks business. It is listed on the Mountain Star Team of Re / Max Realtors.
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