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For transforming an old masonry building into a light-filled space for working and living.

The "Live Work" home/studio near downtown Raleigh.

The “Live Work” home/studio near downtown Raleigh.

“Live Work,” the transformation of a derelict building into a 650-square-foot combination home and design studio by Tonic Design+ Tonic Construction in Raleigh received a Merit Award during the American Institute of Architects North Carolina Chapter’s 2014 Design and Chapter Awards Gala held in Charlotte this year.

Located on the edge of a mixed-use neighborhood (industrial and residential) near downtown Raleigh, the one-story masonry building was in dire disrepair. Rather than raze it, however, Tonic’s team decided to “recycle” it into studio space up front for the young firm and living quarters in back for the principals/married couple Vinny Petrarca and Katherine Hogan, AIA, and their one young daughter initially.

Petrarca and Hogan describe the design-build project as “an exercise in balance, reduction and efficiency…[linking] architectural practice, financial stability, and local community.” In just 13 weeks, including time to purchase the property and get all necessary permits, the firm and three summer interns from NC State University’s College of Design planned and renovated the living/working space, which includes a small walled garden that, in effect, doubles the living space and connects the indoors to the outdoors. To allow natural light to penetrate the interior, the designers raised the roof by 12 inches and installed a band of clerestory windows.

The living quarters originally combined bedroom/living room, dining room, and kitchen in one space. When a second daughter came along, the partners “borrowed” some space from the studio to create a separate bedroom. An abundance of built-in cabinets keeps the diminutive space organized and uncluttered.

“Live Work” was submitted to AIA NC’s new Residential Design category, which is intended to “recognize architects whose designs answer the unique requests of the clients and the diverse landscape of North Carolina,” according to the website.

The AIA NC honor marks the 26th design award this young firm has received. For more information on Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, visit http://www.tonic-design.com.

For more information on the 2014 AIA NC Design Awards, go to http://www.aiancawards.org.

Contributed report by Kim Weiss

tonic design, Modernist house in Cameron Park

View from the living space at the front of the house all the way to the backyard.

“Modest Modern” — that’s what Abby Ross calls the new house in Raleigh’s Cameron Park neighborhood that she shares with her husband, Sean, and their children Noah, 7, and Chloe, 4.

Designed and built by Tonic Design + Tonic Construction of Raleigh, the Rosses’ one-story 1700sf house became a two-story 3400sf Modern house with clean lines, clear volumes, open multi-use spaces, and a strong connection between indoors and outdoors. Yet its size and siting (in line with its neighbors), and exterior materials (charcoal and gray concrete rain-screen panels with wood detailing), make this Modern house a quiet, friendly addition to Cameron Park’s established neighborhood west of downtown Raleigh…

Click on the links below to see the entire article:

N&O: Modest Modern

N&O: Modest Modern, page 2