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EFA DESIGN SHOWCASE
INDEPENDENT LIVING

Givens Highland Farms, Meadowmont Homes BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C.
Submitted by: RLPS Architects LANCASTER, PA.
FINALIST
Project category: Project in progress
Chief administrator: Kenneth Partin, CEO
Firm: RLPS Architects, www.rlps.com
Design team: RLPS Architects (architect); Frank L Blum Construction Co. (construction manager); MacIntosh
Engineering (structural engineer); Altamont Environmental (civil engineer); RLPS Interiors (interior designer)
Photography: RLPS Architects
Number/type of housing units: 64 independent living homes
Total building area (sq. ft.): 123,142
Construction cost/sq. ft.: $166
Total construction cost (excluding land): $20.4 million
Completion: November 2016 (Phase 1), April 2018 (Phase 2), November 2018 (Phase 3)

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The owner needed to add
independent housing on a previously undeveloped 18-acre parcel
surrounded by the Western North
Carolina black mountains. The goal
was to maximize density for appealing, market friendly housing to the
greatest extent possible, despite the
challenging topography. However,
density was not to be obtained at the
expense of residential character. As a
complement to the existing 50-acre
community of freestanding homes,
condominiums, cluster homes,
garden and lodge apartments,
Meadowmont will offer new duplex,
fourplex, and sixplex arrangements.
The homes are situated on the site
to take advantage of the 360-degree
mountain views while the introduction of fourplex and sixplex "over
under" cottage layouts uses the grade
variations to the owner's advantage
to meet density objectives, create
a more modestly priced option for
consumers, and ultimately make the
project financially viable.
The open floor plan options
include fairly modest one- and twobedroom homes, ranging from 1,120
to 1,539 square feet. They feature
large windows, cathedral ceilings,
and great rooms that will expand
the natural light entering the homes
from all directions. The two-bedroom plans offer patios or balconies
that make the most of the mountain
views and moderate climate. Cozy
front porches with extended patios
on the one-bedroom homes emphasize the strong sense of community.
The design team managed costs by
controlling building complexity and
cost-effective materials selections
while maximizing visual impact
through creative use of color and
familiar materials. A distinctive color
palette, appropriate to the regional
vernacular, was selected for each
housing cluster to provide a unique
sense of identity and visual interest.

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