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Corten steel helps residence blend into surroundings seamlessly.

By Marcy Marro Editor

Tonic Design

Photo: Tzu Chen Photography

Located in a wooded cul-de-sac neighborhood in Durham, N.C., this single-family residence, nicknamed Piedmont Retreat, is wrapped in vertical Corten steel panels facing the street, and vast expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass and cantilevered windows in the back that overlook the surrounding forest.

The owners reached out to Raleigh, N.C.-based Tonic Design and Tonic Construction to design and build the residence. “It’s a corner lot,” says Vincent Petrarca, co-owner, designer and contractor at Tonic Design, “so the house really had to respond to the two streets. And for us, trying to create a place that’s calm and a getaway, the idea of even a few streetlights at night on the corner, the house really had to turn its back on the street. So the house created this hard shell to that side of the property, and then it really opens up, like a geode, looking down the Piedmont ravine into the mature forest.” READ MORE…

2018-11-05T15:30:54+00:00December 12th, 2017|0 Comments

CUSTOM BUILDER: "Backstory: Playing Both Sides"

CUSTOM BUILDER: “Backstory: Playing Both Sides”

A creative duo’s partnership is driven by client needs, site specifics, and school schedules

By Stacey Freed

Masonry, glass, metal, concrete … these are the building materials that Vincent “Vinny” Petrarca and Katherine Hogan, AIA, owners of the firms Tonic Design and Tonic Construction, in Raleigh, N.C., favor. “These things last over time,” Hogan says. “For over 20 years, we’ve been watching as our projects age and evolve,” she adds. The couple believes it all comes down to detailing and materials. Petrarca and Hogan, whose work has won numerous awards, put great stock in the idea that every project they do is unique—with a “particular site, a client with a vision, a budget,” Petrarca says. READ MORE…
2018-11-05T15:33:39+00:00October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

N&O: A New Model for Architecture

N&O: A New Model for Architecture

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1700 Glenwood

The News and Observer shares the advantages of an architect-led design-build. Read more. They feature 1700 Glenwood, a current tonic project:
1700 Glenwood, Tonic Design and Tonic Construction
A vintage 1965 midcentury modern landmark, 1700 Glenwood has benefitted from two renovations at the hands of Vinny Petrarca and Katherine Hogan. The first, in 2011, was a classic design-build for a new aesthetic and a reduction in solar gain. That meant energy-efficient glass, a sunscreen and a zinc skin – all for $180,000. “We were working backward from the dollar amount,” Petrarca says. “If we’d bid it out, it would have blown the budget, and the first thing they’d take out would be the sunscreen.” Today they’re working as architects on a new renovation there – with contractors Riley Lewis. And though it’s a traditional process, design-build prepped them for the job. “We’re working with them and talking to them like contractors,” Hogan says. “That’s why the project has gone smoothly, even though it’s fast-tracked.”

2018-11-05T16:01:29+00:00August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Triangle Business Journal: The plans for Raleigh’s 1700 Glenwood building in Five Points

Triangle Business Journal: The plans for Raleigh’s 1700 Glenwood building in Five Points

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1700 Glenwood

New owners of the old Audio Buys building at Five Points in Raleigh will soon be bringing new people and commerce back into the 1960s-era, Modernist-style building.
Rick Carol Marcotte, owners of the Form & Function interior design and store store on Bernard Street, purchased the odd, two-story building at the corner point at Glenwood Avenue, Whitaker Mill Road and Fairview Road in December, and the couple has recently started releasing details about their plans there. Read more on BizJournals.com.

2018-11-05T16:01:20+00:00April 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Builder Magazine

Builder Magazine features tonic’s design of the contemporary kitchen in the Hawthorne Residence:



Sophisticated design touches balance a kid-friendly layout in this contemporary Raleigh home.

By Jennifer Goodman

This contemporary kitchen makes entertaining friends and family or even just cooking for the kids fun and easy. It was designed to allow the homeowners to prepare meals or socialize while keeping an eye on their children. The youngsters can play in the backyard just beyond the large sliding glass doors while mom and dad get dinner ready, hang out with friends, or do the dishes—all the while within sight of each other. 

Read the article on Builder.com.

2018-11-05T15:59:34+00:00January 6th, 2016|0 Comments

2015 Dwell Design Guide

2015 Dwell Design Guide

tonic is featured in this year’s Dwell’s Definitive List of Architects and Designers Worldwide:

2018-11-05T15:59:09+00:00December 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Raleigh Urban Design Center Presents Lecture by tonic design

Raleigh Urban Design Center Presents Lecture by tonic design


Multigenerational Living: The Resurgence of a Forgotten Housing Typology

When: Thursday, November 19, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: COR Museum, 220 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Speakers: Katherine Hogan, AIA & Vincent Petrarca of tonic design

During this UDC Talk, tonic design principals Katherine Hogan, AIA and Vincent Petrarca will speak about their practice, past projects in Raleigh, and research into alternative housing types and housing diversity within our city.

tonic’s work fuses together history and the present, representing an important typology of architecture today. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“We are passionate about good design and contributing to our city and are honored to have the opportunity to speak about our work and interest in the topic of multigenerational housing,” notes Hogan.

“As parents of young children, we believe that there is an architectural solution to not only pull resources and live economically, but also to enjoy the benefit and shared knowledge of three generations.”

About tonic design | tonic construction:

tonic design | tonic construction principals Katherine Hogan, AIA and Vincent Petrarca were named 2013’s “Rising Stars” by Residential Architect magazine. Their projects have been featured in many national publications, including Architectural Record, Residential Architect, Dwell, Custom Home, Inform magazine, and Metal Magazine. For more information visit www.tonic-design.com and follow tonic on Facebook

About Raleigh Urban Design:

The Raleigh Urban Design Center is a team of urban designers and planners who envision and design solutions that create a better built environment for the City of Raleigh. By engaging and leading the people of Raleigh in deliberate, targeted design discussions, we build consensus around innovative solutions that encourage all people to be active in shaping the physical form of their community.

*Landscape Architects may be approved for 1.5 credits through the NC Board of Landscape Architects for attending this lecture.

2018-11-05T15:59:03+00:00November 19th, 2015|0 Comments

“Rank Residence” Receives Merit AIA North Carolina Award

“Rank Residence” Receives Merit AIA North Carolina Award

t1102-Rank_2September 26, 2015 (Durham, NC) The Rank Residence or “House for a Rockstar,” received the 2015 Merit Award during the American Institute of Architects North Carolina Chapter Design and Chapter Awards Gala hosted at Durham’s 21c Hotel.

The residence, designed and constructed by Tonic and completed in 2012, was built with a modern-gothic feel and features unique, tall vertical spaces. The windows provide the desired privacy while playing on the idea of “arrow loop” windows, which once provided protection for archers inside gothic castles.

On the ground floor, the four-car garage provides room for his muscle cars and dragster. The eleven foot tall concrete entry stair provides access to the home’s main level and its triple height living space. The upper two levels contain bedrooms, a library, and a studio where the musician can write and record his music.
Find out more.

The residence has also been recognized in Dwell Magazine and the News & Observer and was awarded the 2013 George Matsumoto First Prize as well as the 2013 AIA Triangle Merit Award.

2018-11-05T15:58:12+00:00September 26th, 2015|0 Comments

THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER: "Inside Architecture’s One-Stop Shop"

THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER: “Inside Architecture’s One-Stop Shop”

Anna Bergren Miller looks into how architect-led design-build can deliver more for less. 


“The typical process of architecture is broken.” So begins a slideshow on the website of GLUCK+, the New York firm known for its practice—and advocacy—of architect-led design build. Design-build differs from conventional project delivery in that a single firm is responsible for both design and construction. Proponents of the method argue that by repairing the breach between architecture and building design-build benefits both clients and architects, and produces better designs…
…Clients save money under design-build, though how much is up for debate. BUILD suggests that the process reduces project costs by about 10 percent. The most widely cited figures, touted by the Design-Build Institute of America and other proponents of the method, come from a 16-year-old study by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and Penn State, which found that design-build lowered unit costs 6.1 percent over design-bid-build. For Katherine Hogan, co-owner of tonic design | tonic construction in Raleigh, North Carolina, the financial advantage of design-build is harder to pin down, yet nonetheless real. “There are efficiencies in the process,” she said. “It’s not percentage-wise that there’s a savings, but there’s a cost savings in time, management, and responsibility.” READ MORE…

2018-11-05T16:04:30+00:00August 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

Architect Katherine Hogan Wins 2014 Women In Business "Future Star" Award

Architect Katherine Hogan Wins 2014 Women In Business “Future Star” Award

Triangle Business Journal honors the president of Tonic Design + Tonic Construction.
Katherine Hogan, AIA (photo by John West)

Katherine Hogan, AIA (photo by John West)

Katherine Hogan, AIA, partner and principal of Tonic Design + Tonic Construction in Raleigh, has received a 2014 Women in Business Award from Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) in the “Future Star” category.
According to TBJ, the Women in Business Awards program recognizes Triangle women “who have proven to be dynamic and outstanding leaders with established track records of significant accomplishments in business and/or community service.”

Hogan, 32, is a licensed architect and a LEED-accredited professional. Last year, the national professional journal Residential Architect named Hogan and her partner/husband, Vincent Petrarca, 2013’s “Rising Stars” out of all young architects/architectural firms in the nation. Also in 2013, Green Building & Design, a national magazine focused on sustainable design and construction, singled Hogan out as an “Architect To Watch.”

Hogan joined the Raleigh design-build firm in 2008. Since then, Tonic Design + Tonic Construction has completed over 50 projects and received 20 major design awards and other honors, including a national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Small Projects Award for the Lowe’s Pavilion in the North Carolina Museum of Art Sculpture Garden. Since Hogan joined the firm, Tonic has become nationally known for Modern, cost-effective, environmentally sustainable projects, especially residential and small-scale commercial projects.

Katherine Hogan is a regularly invited juror for undergraduate and graduate student design reviews at the NC State University College of Design. She has been a guest juror at her alma mater, the Syracuse University School of Architecture, where she also serves on the School’s Advisory Board.

Hogan has been an active member of the AIA Triangle Design Awards Committee for four years and, this year, is serving as vice chair of the committee. She is also a member of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Contemporaries Board, and she actively participates in events sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses, a non-profit organization dedicated to Modernist residential design.

Nearly 400 business leaders from across the Triangle gathered for lunch at the Raleigh Marriott City Center to honor this year’s Triangle Business Journal Women in Business Award winners. For more information on the awards program and the ceremony, click here.

For more information on Katherine Hogan and Tonic Design + Tonic Construction visit www.tonic-design.com.

2018-11-07T03:09:00+00:00April 16th, 2014|0 Comments

Modern House by Tonic Design in Raleigh is Modern Richmond’s April Tour

Modern House by Tonic Design in Raleigh is Modern Richmond’s April Tour

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The private Cedeno residence will be open for public touring on April 9th.

April 7, 2014 (Raleigh, NC) — The Alex Cedeno residence in Richmond, Virginia, by Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, an award-winning design-build firm in Raleigh, NC, will be the featured property during Modern Richmond’s April Exchange Tour on April 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Modern Richmond Tours highlight examples of both residential and commercial properties in Richmond that employ Modernist techniques. Modern Richmond events are free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is appreciated.

Completed in 2011, the Cedeno home’s design integrates modern construction materials and sensibilities with high function. Key priorities were to ensure aesthetic integration with the surrounding terrain, to maximize views of the James River from the master bedroom and office, and to create an integrated, open space on the main floor and outdoor patio conducive for entertaining.

The house features a spacious finished basement that includes a wine cellar, an artist’s studio, a gym, and a large music/media room designed by Rives Audio, an acoustical engineering firm in Iowa. The second floor houses the master suite and two additional bedrooms and baths.
Sherman Associates PLC built the house in close collaboration with Tonic Construction.
Homeowner Alex Cedeno will speak during the tour at 6:15. Participants are free to tour the house before and after his brief talk.

The Cedeno house is located at 9151 James Riverwatch Drive, Richmond, VA 23235. For more information on the tour, go tomodernrichmondtour.com/news-events.
For more information on Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, go to www.tonic-design.com.

About Modern Richmond:
Modern Richmond is committed to the concept of understanding and appreciating modernism in all of its forms. The co-founders believe that Richmond has the resources and the potential to be a significant platform for modern projects. Their hope and mission is to promote and explore these original expressions of modern aesthetics in a way that both engages and delivers modernism to a larger audience. For more information: http://modernrichmondtour.com.

2018-11-07T03:09:42+00:00April 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Tonic Partners To Be Featured Guests at "Appetite4Architecture" Dinner

Tonic Partners To Be Featured Guests at “Appetite4Architecture” Dinner

As top prize winner of the 2013 Matsumoto Prize for Modernist Residential

Raleigh NC architects

Katherine Hogan and Vincent Petrarca of Tonic Design | Tonic Construction.



January 9, 2014 (Raleigh, NC) – Residential designers Vincent Petrarca and Katherine Hogan of Tonic Design + Tonic Construction in Raleigh will be featured guests at the 2014 “Appetite4Architecture” dinner to be held at 18 Seaboard Restaurant in Raleigh on Tuesday, January 14, beginning at 7 p.m.


Sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), “Appetite4Architecture” (A4A) is a chance for the general public to meet and eat with some of the Triangle’s best Modernist residential designers in a casual, relaxed setting. This year’s only A4A event focuses on the winners of NCMH’s 2013 George Matsumoto Prize Recognizing Excellence in North Carolina Modernist Residential Design.


“This is a rare chance to enjoy easy, informal discussions in an upscale dining environment with prominent members of the Modernist architecture community,” noted NCMH founder and director George Smart.


Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, a multi-award-winning, full-service, design-build firm headquartered in Raleigh, received the top prize from the professional jury in the 2013 competition for the design of the “Modern Gothic” Rank residence in Pittsboro, NC. The same project received third prize in the People’s Choice category, in which the general public could vote online.


Petrarca and Hogan were also named Residential Architect magazine’s 2013 Rising Star Leadership Award winners.


Seating is limited so anyone interested in attending the dinner should contact Smart immediately at 919-740-8407. For more information on A4A, go to www.ncmodernist.org/a4a.htm.


NCMH is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across North Carolina. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.


For more information on Vincent Petrarca and Katherine Hogan, visit www.tonic-design.com.


2018-11-07T03:11:42+00:00January 9th, 2014|0 Comments

DWELL: "A Gothic Inspired Modern Home"

DWELL: “A Gothic Inspired Modern Home”

By Diana Buddsrank-residence-exterior-rectangle
Modernism’s crisp lines and ornament-free surfaces bear little resemblance to Gothic architecture’s gingerbread house–like flourishes. But in the North Carolina residence belonging to a musician and his son, Medieval structures informed the contemporary design. Michael Rank approached Raleigh-based firm Tonic to create a house that emphasized his love of tall, vertical spaces and staircases. A professional musician, Rank also requested space for a recording studio. Privacy was paramount as was room for his collection of art and muscle cars. Tonic took all the requirements and delivered a thoughtfully planned two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house at about $200 per square foot. READ MORE…

2018-11-07T03:14:21+00:00October 16th, 2013|0 Comments

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT, 2013 LEADERSHIP AWARDS: "Rising Star: Tonic Design | Tonic Construction"

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT, 2013 LEADERSHIP AWARDS: “Rising Star: Tonic Design | Tonic Construction”

Vincent Petrarca and Katherine Hogan don’t have a singular style, but they do have a distinctive vision.

By Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson

Katherine Hogan and Vincent Petrarca of Tonic Design | Tonic Construction, in their Raleigh, N.C., studio. (Photo by Ian Allen)

Katherine Hogan and Vincent Petrarca of Tonic Design | Tonic Construction, in their Raleigh, N.C., studio.
(Photo by Ian Allen)

Look through the portfolio of houses designed and built by the Raleigh, N.C.–based Tonic Design | Tonic Construction. While the architecture is decidedly modern in inspiration, zeroing in on a singular style isn’t easy. In the Rank Residence, completed last year, a dramatic, Gothic-inspired four-story home uses slender windows and a dizzying stair design to play off vertical space. The Smart-Stell Residence, by contrast, is a quieter, one-story, horizontal home with vast expanses of glass. Each residence presents an entirely distinctive vision, which, it turns out, is the connective tissue of Tonic.
“Look at two of our houses and they couldn’t be more different,” says Vincent Petrarca, Assoc. AIA, who co-founded Tonic a decade ago and now runs the firm with his wife and partner, Katherine Hogan, Assoc. AIA. “We are good at figuring out what each project is about and not making it about us.”
This doesn’t mean, of course, that Petrarca, 41, and Hogan, 32, don’t bring a signature sensibility to their work. What threads through every Tonic project is a reverence for material, a respect for the site and the budget, and what Hogan calls a “modern sensitivity.”
“We try to be really good listeners with our clients,” Hogan says, “and we try to involve them while also providing good design and remaining sensitive to the context.” READ MORE…

2018-11-07T03:14:53+00:00October 14th, 2013|0 Comments

Tonic Design Takes Top Prize In Modernist Residential Design Competition

Tonic Design Takes Top Prize In Modernist Residential Design Competition

Raleigh design-build firm lands Jury’s and People’s Choice category

The Rank House received First Prize in the Jury Awards and Third Place in the People's Choice category. Photo courtesy of Raymond Goodman

The Rank House received First Prize in the Jury Awards and Third Place in the People’s Choice category. Photo
courtesy of Raymond Goodman


August 7, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) – The unusual “Modern Gothic” house designed and built by Tonic Design + Tonic Construction received the coveted First Prize in the professional Jury Awards category and Third Prize in the People’s Choice category during the second annual George Matsumoto Prize for modernist home design in North Carolina. The competition is sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses (formerly Triangle Modernist Houses).
The award-winning project is the new Rank Residence, the home of local music legend and recording artist Michael Rank and his young son. Featured recently in the Raleigh News & Observer, the flat-roofed, four-story, 3200-square-foot house satisfies the homeowner’s fascination with tall vertical spaces and staircases. The exterior is comprised of concrete and black standing-seam metal siding. Narrow vertical windows, placed within the metal seams, recall notes in sheet music, add to the house’s verticality while allowing for fast, affordable construction.
On the ground floor, a four-car garage provides room for Rank’s muscle cars and dragster. An eleven-foot-tall concrete entry staircase leads up to the home’s main level and triple-height main living space. Overhead, a network of black metal stairs and ramps lead to the rooms on the upper levels, including bedrooms, baths, a library, and a studio where the musician can write and record his music. As a design-build firm, Tonic served as both home designer and general contractor.

The jury liked stairs as the connecting factor between the house's volumes. Photo by Raymond Goodman

The jury liked stairs as the connecting factor between the house’s volumes. Photo by Raymond Goodman

“The jury liked the use of the stair as an ordering element because it formed the connective tissue of the design,” reported jury chairman Frank Harmon, FAIA, during the awards presentations held recently in the AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design in Raleigh. “They thought the interior spatial clarity was compelling. They admired the designers’ creative response to the program for a father-son dwelling, and for the homage paid to the client’s music.”

Tonic’s co-owners Vinny Petrarca and Katherine Hogan received the $3000 cash prize for First Place in the Jury category, presented by North Carolina Modernist Houses, a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting modernist residential design in North Carolina.

For more information on Tonic Design + Tonic Construction and the Rank Residence, visit www.tonic-design.com.


2018-11-07T03:17:06+00:00August 7th, 2013|0 Comments

GREEN BUILDING & DESIGN: "Architect To Watch – Katherine Hogan"

Interview by Erin Brereton

partner in the design-build firm Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

Katherine Hogan

Katherine Hogan spent the first few years of her career at a nonprofit that provided design services to small, low-income rural communities. In 2008, she joined Raleigh, North Carolina-based Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, which recently received a Small Projects Practitioners award from the AIA for its pavilion at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Hogan, an associate AIA member and a LEED AP, is a partner at Tonic, alongside firm founder Vincent Petrarca. She spoke to gb&d about the benefits of being a builder and how she plans to keep pushing the industry forward.

gb&d: How did your early work in your career help prepare you for your position at Tonic?

Katherine Hogan: I worked for Will Bruder + Partners in Phoenix for a summer and got to go back full-time when I first graduated, which was a very wonderful experience. One of his descriptors of his work is that he always tries to find the extraordinary in the ordinary—to look at a material and try to use it differently and to examine space and context, which were all really good messages. I did a fellowship after that, where I worked in year increments on particular projects. A lot of the work was to further socially conscious design. I’ve done some really interesting projects and got to understand the client as not just someone who comes to you with a significant amount of money—the client is any person who needs a building.

gb&d: You’ve been with Tonic Design since 2008. How did you come to specialize in residential and small-scale commercial projects? READ MORE…



2013-05-08T03:18:07+00:00May 8th, 2013|0 Comments