Roots + Wings School of Art and Design, Asheville NC

posted November 9th, 2015

The Creative Campus officially opened on Monday July 6, 2015.

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Upper Grassy Branch Residence, Asheville NC

posted November 9th, 2015

Installation of the windows and clear cedar siding is mostly complete, as is the foam insulation.  Gypsum board is delivered and will begin installation in the coming days.

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West Chapel Residence, Black Mountain NC

posted November 9th, 2015

The first round of steel has been craned into place for the garage and driveway bridge.  It will receive a protective layer of paint, followed by the steel decking and concrete slab.  Next will be the framing of the garage and connecting office/bridge.  Wood framing of the living room and screened porch and decks will need to wait until the second round of steel is delivered.  Stay tuned!

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West Chapel Residence, Black Mountain NC

posted July 30th, 2015

After a lengthy period of site preparation, the house at West Chapel Road is starting to emerge from its foundation. It is very difficult to tell from the photographs just how steep the site is. These photos show the lower level, which includes two bedrooms and a jack and jill bath, the mechanical and work shop space, and sub level storage. The abutment wall at the road is where the steel and timber bridge beams frame in, leading to the elevated garage structure (see 4 isolated concrete piers) and main level. All of this will be supported by an elegant and expressive steel structure.

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Upper Grassy Branch Residence, Asheville NC

posted July 29th, 2015

The forms of the new additions are taking shape. The additional 1000 sf includes a main level master suite, plus mudroom, laundry, powder room, and upper level bedrooms for the kids, plus a complete gut remodel of all existing spaces: kitchen, dining, living, and upper level bathroom.

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Upper Grassy Branch, Asheville NC

posted June 11th, 2015

Work has begun in earnest on the renovation and additions to the modest home at Upper Grassy Branch.  The home sits on a large quiet clearing that backs up to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The original home built in 1942 is simple, yet modern, and reminiscent of Corbusier’s tiny French villas of the early 20’s.  They share similar flat roofs, white stucco and boxy forms.  The homeowner wanted to expand the 2 story, 30 x 24 footprint to accommodate their family of 4, while respecting the simplicity of the original structure.  The new additions will introduce natural stained, cedar channel siding on the exterior, and a standing seam metal roof that both imparts a bit of their Scandinavian heritage, while allowing it to have its own identity.

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Roots + Wings School of Art and Design, Asheville NC

posted February 9th, 2015

Press Release

Roots + Wings School of Art and Design Announces New Creative Campus in Asheville

Opening this summer, new headquarters facility in Oakley neighborhood will expand programming for all ages and create opportunities for greater community collaboration and outreach

(ASHEVILLE, NC—January 27, 2015)— Roots + Wings School of Art and Design will be opening its new Creative Campus in Asheville’s Oakley neighborhood this summer. The new headquarters facility will expand programming for all ages and create opportunities for greater community participation and outreach.

Working with ages three and up, Roots + Wings offers programs that encourage and develop imagination, creativity, innovation, critical thinking and confidence so students are better equipped to thrive in life.  Ginger Huebner, the founding director of Roots + Wings, said, “My dream has always been to build a school where students of all ages can grow creatively over time and experience the power of art and design to promote positive and significant changes within themselves and their communities. Our new Creative Campus is going to offer a unique venue where even more people can discover their creativity, be inspired by one another, and engage their community.”

The new facility will include Visual Arts Preschool program for ages 3-6, an after-school Community Design Lab program (with snow day and teacher workday coverage) for grades K-5, and Spring and Summer Creativity Camps and Design Studios (including intersession programs for year-round schooling) for ages 3 through grade 12. The facility will also host INNOVATION HOUR™ field trips for students from other schools and home school programs. In addition, the facility will offer music, recording and film programs, birthday celebrations, weekend classes and open studio time for all ages, along with adult art retreats and workshops, professional development for teachers, and corporate team building programs.

The campus will be located on a one-acre site at 573 Fairview Road. As part of its commitment to sustainable development, Roots + Wings is renovating a 9,000 square foot brick building on the site, adding a new natural playground and extensive new landscaping to create an urban oasis with outdoor learning opportunities for all ages. Heritage Restoration & Construction is serving as general contractor for the renovation. Brickstack Architects is the architect of record for the project.

**Quotes about the new location:  

“For the past five years the Cathedral of All Souls has had the pleasure of hosting Roots and Wings pre-school. Watching this program grow from an idea about nurturing the creativity of children to the thriving school it is today is a testament to the passion, vision, and talent of founding director Ginger Huebner and her dedicated staff. While we will be sad to watch the school move to its new larger location, we take great pride that we played a part in the history of a program that truly gave children in our community (including my own) both a foundation for artistic expression and the inspiration to follow their imagination.”   – Reverend Canon Thomas Murphy, The Cathedral of All Souls

“Roots and Wings School of Art and Design has been a longtime supporter of the Oakley Farmers Market.  We are thrilled to welcome them into the neighborhood.” – Carly Esslinger, Oakley Farmer’s Market coordinator

Before and Demo images below

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Cherokee Road Renovation, Asheville NC

posted November 3rd, 2014

New Living and Kitchen / Dining

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Cherokee Road Renovation, Asheville NC

posted November 3rd, 2014

Before and After

This house was built in the early 1980’s and was in desperate need of an update.  It had suffered through a series of bad renovations, and the new owner wanted to finally give the house the attention it deserved.

The extensive renovations consist of gutting the entire main level, including the open floor plan of the kitchen, dining and living room.  Large arrays of clerestory windows and new windows throughout brighten the large space and open the view to the forest beyond.  Cypress paneling, new hardwood flooring, and steel handrails round out the details.

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West Chapel Residence, Black Mountain NC

posted October 31st, 2014

Design Development is progressing for this new 2400 sf residence in Black Mountain.  Sited on a heavily forested, very steep site,  one is afforded long range mountain views to the south and east.  The house is perched atop a steel structure that minimizes the impact on the forest floor as well as give a sense of living within the canopy of the trees.

Construction is slated to begin January 2015

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