Howsare



November ABODE: The best of both

November ABODE: The best of both

Standard story: Couple buys a 1922 house in one of Charlottesville’s protected historic districts, then plans a renovation. But what happens when the couple in question has distinctly modern taste? The front facade of the hous, as the Mills and Dreyfus learned, hadn’t always featured brick columns or railings (above). The new wooden porch is […]

Abode Feature: Orientated to detail

Abode Feature: Orientated to detail

Houses aren’t often described as “specific.” But the Locust Grove home of Richard Berdel and Mable Kinzie is just that. Inside and out, it’s a response to very particular demands, from a tricky site to its owners’ specialized pursuits.  Richard Berdel and Mable Kinzie stand in the acutely angled point of their triangular house—a deck […]

I get around

I get around

There’s a divide in our community. It’s not about race, class, or education, though it can intersect with all three of those in ways that are both clichéd and surprising.  On one side of the divide are those who look at the world from behind their steering wheels. They see the city and the county […]

September 2011: Helping Hands

September 2011: Helping Hands

The vanguard of the local building industry may be slashing energy loads by up to 90 percent—creating the Picassos of energy-efficient architecture. But thousands of locals still live in the housing equivalent of a velvet Elvis: older homes built with little or no weatherization. “In the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle, in the 1950s and […]

September 2011: Pushing the Envelope

September 2011: Pushing the Envelope

“This is a statement about the future,” says builder Bill Jobes, sitting in the dining area of the house on Lankford Avenue that his company just finished. Behind him, large windows wrap around the house’s southeast corner. A close look reveals that their sills are unusually deep, due to extra-thick walls. That thickness—plus a pervasive quiet […]

August 2011: Life on the edge

 To get to the Meyer house, a few miles outside Scottsville, you drive narrow country roads that wind through rolling, open land. Cornfields glisten green as the road dips in and out of little patches of woods, and past small houses dwarfed by giant shade trees. Eventually, though, the bucolic landscape gives way, falling steeply […]

July 2011: Adapting to change

July 2011: Adapting to change

 For most of us, the car is essentially our second home. We spend time in it every day. We keep our stuff in it, carry keys to unlock it and log countless hours looking at the world through its windows. But that’s only because of where our first home is located in relation to work, […]