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The low-profile form + dark palette keeps the exterior of the home hidden along the mountainside while dramatic glass walls offer views to the distant mountains.

Photos by David Dietrich

Located on Town Mountain, the Windy Gap Residence balances an understated, minimal design with the soul of AVL’s mountain region.

The holistic, energy-efficient design earned an energy performance of 47% better than code — an estimated $2,700 annual energy savings — and features a solar-ready roof that can take the house to Net Zero.

Three lower-level spaces, designed to evolve over time for a multi-generational family’s needs, can serve as guest bedrooms, an art studio, a future in-law’s suite, a bunk room, or a den.

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