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CUSTOM HOME: "Hillcrest House Addition — An Innovative Approach To Old + New"

CUSTOM HOME: “Hillcrest House Addition – An Innovative Approach To Old + New”

Tonic Design Modern Addition to Old Traditional House

During design development, a sectional opportunity presented itself that would avoid a head-on collision between old and new: a slender, double-height transitional space.
Photo by Keith Isaacs; diagram by Tonic Design

The project involved designing a modern, 1500-square-foot addition for a two-story, red brick, Georgian Revival-style house built in 1916 in a historic inner-city neighborhood with narrow lots and minimal set-backs between houses. The addition would become the primary hub of activity for a growing family and an ideal space for entertaining. Programmatically, it would include an open kitchen, dining, living area and a spacious master bedroom suite... READ MORE 

2018-11-08T15:51:09+00:00July 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Modern Residence in Cameron Park To Be Open For Public Touring September 6th

Modern Residence in Cameron Park To Be Open For Public Touring September 6th

During the evening “ModHop” Tour of private houses in Raleigh Hawthorne Exterior_Streetview

(Photos by Raymond Goodman)
 The Hawthorne Residence (above left), a modern, award-winning home in Raleigh’s historic Cameron Park neighborhood, will be open to the public during the “ModHop” Tour, an evening house tour on September 6th from 6 –  8:30 p.m. hosted by North Carolina Modernist Houses in association with the 2017 Hopscotch Design Festival.
Designed and built by Tonic Design principles Katherine Hogan, AIA, and Vincent Petrarca, this single-family home replaced a dark, cramped, early 20th-century bungalow to give the owners modernist light, space, and form, and a strong connection between indoors and outdoors.
To achieve the indoor-outdoor connection, the designers dropped the back elevation to grade and used floor-to-ceiling glass on the exterior wall to expand the view and living space into the backyard. A single-tilt roof with deep, cantilevered overhangs reference the covered porches of neighboring houses. Operable windows and extensive glazing throughout the house allow for daylight and natural ventilation, greatly reducing the homeowners’ reliance on electric lights during the day. A geothermal ground-source heat pump, fiber-cement rain-screen panels on exterior walls, locally available wood detailing, and Energy Star appliances make it 50 percent more energy efficient than a standard new home and 80 percent more efficient than the average resale home.
tonic design, Modernist house in Cameron Park
The two-story house is transparent from the front door through the main living area (above) and on through the kitchen and dining space to the backyard. A sleek staircase composition makes the vertical circulation a sculptural presence at the center of the interior while leading to the children’s bedrooms and central play space upstairs. Crisp white walls and warm wood flooring throughout the house underscore the simple, modern interior.
Hogan and Petrarca will be on hand to answer tour participants’ questions about the Hawthorne Residence during the ModHop Tour.
For more information on the tour and to purchase tickets, go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/modhop17.
For more information on Tonic Design, visit www.tonic-design.com.

2018-11-05T15:35:16+00:00August 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Crabill Modern Awarded AIA SAR Award

Crabill Modern Awarded AIA SAR Award

Photography by: Randy Thompson

The South Atlantic Region of the American Institute of Architects Recognizes 19 Projects for Design Excellence.
 Over 150 people celebrated the work of firms from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina on September 30, 2016 at the SCAD Museum of Art in downtown Savannah, GA.
Tonic took home the Housing Award for their work on Crabill Modern.

“Extreme budget constraints often halt a project, but in this instance have produced amazing results.  Beautifully conceived, presented and executed, this project captured the jury’s imagination by virtue of its clarity and formal inventiveness,” noted the jury. “Especially striking is the use of analogous forms found in the surrounding contexts of landscape and agrarian structures. Constructed from the ground up for less than many renovation projects, this house extends a proposition beyond the limits of its own walls in working towards making well designed housing accessible to a greater percentage of the population.”

A total of 19 awards were presented to regional architecture firms in five categories: Adaptive Reuse/Preservation, Housing, Interior Architecture, Unrealized and New Construction/Substantial Renovation. Also presented were two Student Design Awards in recognition of excellent work by students enrolled in an architecture, interior design or urban design program in the South Atlantic region. In addition, the AIA SAR Council bestowed the 2016 Roger Milliken Legacy Award upon Paula Wallace, Hon. AIA, Founder and President of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

The design awards were presented by Steve Dumez, FAIA, Principal and Director of Design, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in New Orleans, LA, who served as the 2016 SAR Design Awards Jury Chair.

2018-11-05T15:37:39+00:00October 5th, 2016|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