Listening To the Land

Sally Keeney, Correspondent The Chapel Hill News Sunday, March 28, 2010 Stewart Walker and Pam Richey have just moved into the house of a lifetime. Surrounded by 17 acres of woods that Walker acquired over the past 30 years, this warm, contemporary home was inspired by the curve of the land and the track of the sun across it. Thirty years ago, Walker, a licensed massage therapist, and his friend, Gabriel Olmstead, were doing some clear ... Read full post »

The Curved House is Complete!

It’s done! It’s been a great experience all around. The curved features of the plan for this home required some thought and coordination not necessary in most projects. But, the extra time and attention to detail has paid off. The impact of the curves on the exterior is clearly apparent as you approach the home. It’s obvious why the curve was needed now, as you look at the finished house against the landscape. It fits in p ... Read full post »

Finishing the Kitchen!

The custom kitchen cabinets went in this week. Installing these too were tricky, owing to the curved south wall. But they are solidly built and look terrific. Diane is an artist and has been doing this for many years. I’m giving two and a half weeks to get the interior trim and stairs in. We’re simultaneously installing the ceramic tile and most of itshould be in at the end of this week. We’re also templating for the granite ... Read full post »

Insulating & Decking the Curved House

We are now about to spray foam insulate the roof and walls. The beveled cedar siding looks great. All the corner boards and trim are 5/4” cedar. Installing on the curved walls took more effort to get the measurements down but went well. The 5-V crimp metal roof (find more here) also took more effort, particularly at the rakes since it all flares out since the south wall is much longer than the north wall and it shows up on the roof ac ... Read full post »

Exciting New Project! A curved wall…

Synergy Building is very excited by the new challenge we’ve undertaken.  We cleared a lot and staked out a curved house last month! We’re now at the stage of roof framing.  Both the south and north walls curve to the bend in the creek below.  Staking the house and putting points in the footing were done by the surveyors.  The curve is significant. Yea technology!  It made things so much easier to compute the foundation plan in ... Read full post »