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September 19, 2012

Photo by Todd Lanning

An award-winning modern house designed and built by Tonic Design + Tonic Construction of Raleigh will be featured on the 2012 AIA Triangle Residential Architecture Tour on October 6, and Tonic principals Vinny Petrarca and Katherine Hogan will participate in an associated panel discussion in Chapel Hill on September 25.

Tonic’s Crabill Modern house (right) is one of only six residences selected for the Triangle Tour of Residential Architecture, featuring award-winning, architect-designed homes throughout the Triangle.  Each residence received an AIA Triangle honor award for design excellence. An independent jury, chaired by Roberto De Leon of the Louisville-based firm De Leon and Primmer Architecture Workshop, selected the six houses from all others submitted for inclusion. READ MORE…

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AIA Triangle Residential Architecture Tour, Panel Discussion in Chapel Hill

Crabill Modern. Photo by Todd Lanning, Gravitation Studios

September 19, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) – An award-winning modern house,designed and built by the design/build firm Tonic Design + Tonic Construction of Raleigh, will be featured on the 2012 AIA Triangle Residential Architecture Tour on October 6, and Tonic principals Vinny Petrarca and Katherine Hogan will participate in an associated panel discussion in Chapel Hill on September 25.

Tonic’s Crabill Modern house is one of only six residences selected for the Triangle Tour of Residential Architecture, featuring award-winning homes throughout the Triangle.  Each residence received an AIA Triangle honor award for design excellence. An independent jury, chaired by Roberto De Leon of the Louisville-based firm De Leon and Primmer Architecture Workshop, selected the six houses from all others submitted for inclusion.

Crabill Modern is a simple, modern home on a wooded, five-acre property in Hillsborough, NC. It was designed to be a “unique live/work house that inspire creativity and provides interesting spatial overlaps,” said Vinny Petrarca. “Our clients also wanted it to be constructed in a simple and cost-effective way.”

To reflect the rural setting, Petrarca specified simple, inexpensive materials and references to regional agricultural structures rendered in a modern architecture composition. Recalling old farm sheds, the house’s skewed cubic form is clad in solid and perforated COR-TEN®, a steel alloy developed to eliminate the need for painting. The steel forms a stable rust-like appearance when exposed to the weather.

Katherine Hogan, Vinny Petrarca

Before the tour, on Tuesday, September 25, Petraca and Hogan will participate in an AIA Triangle-sponsored panel discussion about the houses on the tour. Moderated by Anna Wu, FAIA, the discussion will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill (752 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard).

To see all of the houses selected for the self-guided 2012 Triangle Residential Architecture Tour, and to purchase tickets, go to www.aiatriangletour.com.

For more information on the Crabill House and on Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, visit www.tonic-design.com.

9/14/12

Raleigh-based studio Tonic Design has completed the Crabill Modern project, a two story contemporary home located in Hillsborough, North Carolina, USA.

The Crabills bought the five-acre property near Hillsborough, NC, with the intention of building a simple, modern home in a clearing amidst a lush forest. They wanted the house to disturb the natural environment as little as possible and accommodate local wildlife.

“Our clients asked us to design a unique live/work house that inspires creativity and provide interesting spatial overlaps,” said project architect Katherine Hogan, co-owner of Tonic Design and Tonic Construction. “They also wanted it to be constructed in a simple and cost-effective way.” SEE THE GALLERY & READ MORE…

Raleigh design/build firm continues work on energy-efficient homes.

September 13, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) – Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, an award-winning design/build firm in Raleigh, NC, recently received its fifth Energy Star® rating for the design and construction of the Bahama Modern House, a modern, energy-efficient home owned by John Monroe of Bahama, North Carolina.

This is also the fourth Energy Star rating the combined architecture firm and construction company have received this year for residential designs.

Energy Star is a government-backed program that helps businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. To earn the Energy Star rating, a home or business must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Homes achieve this level of performance through a combination of energy–efficient improvements, including,

  • Effective insulation
  • High-performance windows
  • Tight construction and ducts
  • Efficient heating and cooling
  • Energy Star® lighting and appliances

“We find the Energy Star rating and process to be of great benefit to our clients,” said project designer and Tonic co-owner Katherine Hogan. “It not only reduces their annual operating costs by up to 20 percent, it also helps to achieve a more consistent interior thermal comfort and increases the indoor air quality of their home. The smaller decisions and building practices along the way can have a big impact on final product.”

Southern Energy Management has been the local Energy Star rater on all of Tonic’s residential designs.

“After living in a two-story, 1914 farmhouse for 30 years, which originally had no insulation, no running water, no electricity, and only the six fireplaces for heat, I was well aware of the limitations of this vernacular housing,” said homeowner John Monroe. “Having a comfortable living environment with reduced consumptive energy usage was appealing. I’ve spent the summer in the new house and beside the absolute beauty of the modern design, knowing that the house remains cool even with its almost full wall of windows makes me feel that the extra efforts to insulate the house and use the geo-thermal system, among other efforts were well worth it.”

Hogan describes the Bahama Modern House as a “new, modern residence that reads as a mid-century modern,” with its flat rooflines; open floor plan and mixed-use interior spaces; and extensive glazing to blur the line between indoors and outdoors and to maximize natural lighting, including clerestory windows that allow natural light to penetrate deeply into the interior.

The project also includes extensive terraced landscaping, a swimming pool and decking, and a pool house.

For more information on the Energy Star rating system, go to www.energystar.gov.

For more information on Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, visit www.tonic-design.com.