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Architect's Challenge Winner Profile: Piedmont Residence by Rob Carlton and Chad Harding


Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, this beautiful modern home was a winner in the 2013 Marvin Architect’s Challenge. Judges praised it as “a very warm take on the glass box,” demonstrating that modern design need not equate with sterility. Rob Carlton and Chad Harding of Carlton Architecture + DesignBuild in Asheville, N.C., created this beauty.

Inspiration for this design was found in the lay of the land, its natural beauty and assets, as well as the simplicity of the surrounding agrarian buildings. The aim was to achieve the clients’ desire to be deeply connected to the land with a clean, modern and simple work of architecture. The design ties the home to its surroundings, enhancing the ability to experience both home and nature together.

The windows were an integral component in the home design, providing the large expanses of high-performing windowed walls essential to connecting with the surrounding landscape. These standard windows were customized to achieve, within budget, a continuous expanse of glass not possible within the boundaries of a typical residential window system.

Marvin products used in this award-winning home include Special Shape windows, Ultimate Awning, Ultimate Casement and Ultimate Swinging French Door.

It’s worth noting that these large expanses of glass need not come with a penalty in energy efficiency. Modern design and construction techniques, coupled with advances in glass technology — along with Marvin’s superior craftsmanship — allow homeowners to bring the inside and outside together. Marvin offers more windows certified as “Most Efficient” by ENERGY STAR than any other manufacturer.