One of the perks of working at Real is that we get to interact with some seriously skilled builders and architects. Check out a few of our favorites below!
CARLTON EDWARDS - ASHEVILLE, NC
Carlton Edwards’ approach is based firmly on their intrinsic nature to listen and observe. From this foundation, they pursue inspiring and purposeful works of architecture through the refinement of ideas which respond to the specific factors of each endeavor. They undertake each project with passion and rigor in delivering graceful solutions that merge functionality and aesthetic beauty.
One of our favorite projects from Carlton Edwards is “The Ramble”. Influenced by the traditions of English country houses this stately home eases into the sophisticated landscape of The Ramble Biltmore Forest, a planned community surrounded by the expansive grounds of the Biltmore Estate. It presents an elegant facade to the street with its sophisticated palette of locally quarried stone, copper detailing and textured stucco. While steeped in historic roots, the spatial layout meets the demands of modern lifestyles.
FUSE ARCHITECTURE - CAPITOLA, CA
Fuse Architecture believes that great design is about connection to their clients, community, and the environment. As a full-service commercial and residential architecture and construction firm specializing in progressive modern architecture, they draw the connections between their clients’ needs and their context to design inspiring and functional spaces.
In the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, the design for this cafe and retail space for Verve Coffee Roasters arose from the refined and thoughtful approach that Verve takes to their own product. Reclaimed wood left over from the Seabright Roastery wraps the service area, storage, and bathrooms, giving shape to the space while drawing a connection to the Verve production process. The clean, modern lines of the counter lends an elegant contrast to the rustic finish of the wood.
GELOTTE HOMMAS - BELLEVUE, WA
For over twenty-five years Gelotte Hommas Architecture has translated client’s dreams into reality. Their approach to creating a unique home for a client begins, proceeds, and finishes with communication. This dialog between the client and the design team not only encompasses listening to understand, but also presenting and illustrating concepts.
One of our top picks from Gelotte Hommas is their “Cedar Haven” design. This home is truly a forest haven inspired by the cedar trees and tranquility that the surrounding area gives. The homeowners wanted to bring that tranquility and natural peace into the design and details of their new home. Plus, look at that gorgeous sliding hardware ;)
SOLOWAY DESIGNS - Tucson, AZ
Soloway Designs is an award winning, Arizona architecture and interior design firm, serving both residential and commercial clients all over the world. A commitment to architecture tailored to the needs of the client, as well as unique design, has resulted in over 887 projects, ranging from small additions and remodels to $5 million luxury homes.
A project we love from Soloway Designs is “The Dowd House”. Through custom-designed iron and glass doors, the raised Foyer focuses attention outward and upward. From Travertine tile floors to a modern take on barrel-and-groin vault ceilings, your eyes are guided through walls-of-glass to the expansive rear Patio, unifying the inside and outside. By incorporating a modern open floorplan, the Great Room’s creative ceiling treatments provide visual separation as well.
WARD + BLAKE ARCHITECTS - JACKSON, WY
Ward+Blake Architects was built on a distinctive vision: Be provocative in thought, flexible in nature, and disciplined in execution. Since 1996, the firm has gained recognition for architecture that is sensitive to its environment and successfully integrated with its surroundings. Ward+Blake creates buildings that are bioclimatically responsible, honestly expressed, technologically sound and artfully crafted. They have been dubbed “Dirty Modernists” because their work is rooted in the use of indigenous materials composed in modern or contemporary design solutions.
One of their projects that caught our eye was their extensive renovation of a 1980s Tudor-style residence. Their “Villa di Famiglia Vita” project made use of the original structure’s good “bones,” unique form, and excellent site orientation while shaping it to suit a modernist design sensibility and the family’s needs. A four- foot extension to existing kitchen and porch, a restructured master bedroom roof line and the reintroduction of a porte-cochere element transformed the look and function of the home.