ADC Fellow Geoffrey Barton to Speak at AIA Asheville Section Meeting
Wednesday, October 30, 12:00 noon
Trinity Episcopal Church
60 Church Street, Downtown Asheville
The New Mountain Home
Manufactured homes are a popular form of housing that can be found throughout rural Western North Carolina. Though these homes are relatively affordable to purchase, they are often not financed as real estate–instead, they are often financed by chattel loans like automobiles or boats. As a result of this and other factors, it can be more difficult for manufactured homes to appreciate in value like other forms of owner-occupied housing. In addition, the land lease setups that exist for many manufactured homes can create a tenuous living situation for an already low-income family that could not afford costly relocation if the land under their home were to change ownership.
Although much work has been done on a national and international basis for “small home” design, no practical model has yet been developed with a focus on affordability. New Mountain Home will yield a high quality, flexible, green, and low-cost housing option rooted in the local vernacular and culture of both the southern Appalachian mountains and the City of Asheville.
ADC is partnering with Mountain Housing Opportunities to host an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, Geoffrey Barton, who will lead this effort. Geoffrey will be working with us for three years, and he has already compiled significant amounts of research that will ultimately inform his design process.