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Latest Design Project

Situated in the woods far from busy streets, this house has been designed for the client to enjoy the surrounding nature. The house location was chosen strategically to provide maximum privacy and immerse the homeowners in the forest. Priorities include capturing views of the ravine to the north and providing an outdoor gathering space in the courtyard to the south.

An accent of natural wood siding emphasizes the main living space which is further celebrated with a double-height vaulted ceiling and generous windows. The three main volumes are programmed for living, functionality, or privacy and connected by linear circulation for an efficient layout.

A nearby accessory building with a workshop and indoor lap pool will provide a secondary space for the homeowners to get away and enjoy.


Employee of the Month

Randy Lanou

How did you get interested in design/construction: I was always designing and making things as a kid, whether is was from Legos or wood scraps or anything I could find in the garage. My folks were serial remodelers - our house was always a construction site and it was usually my job to sweep up the work area at the end of the day. When I was nine years old, we added a passive solar addition to our home that was almost certainly my start as an energy nerd.

What do you like to do outside of work: Spend time with family and our critters, travel, sail, international service work, and enjoy good music, craft beer, and good bourbon.

Favorite music: Folk and rock - John Prine, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Earl Keen, Natalie Merchant. The list goes on. Or, if you are a R.E.K. fan, the road goes on forever and the party never ends.

Favorite book: Not possible to pick one. Favorite authors include Laurie King, Elmore Leonard, Tom Robbins, Carl Hiaasen, Delia Owens, Christopher Hitchens. This list goes on forever as well.

Most under-rated talent: Backing a trailer (with a manual-transmission truck)

Superlative: “Most likely to…." Draw groans and grimaces when telling a joke.


BuildSense wins HBADOC ROC Award for Best Exterior Facelift and Best Bathroom, at Chapel Hill Historic Residence

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