Modern, Customized Micropolis® House Joins 2018 Green Home Tour

April 5, 2018 § Leave a comment

Architect Arielle Schechter welcomes tour-goers to “Happy Family.”

Happy Family Micropolis

The Serdar house, designed by Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA

 The 2018 Spring Green Home Tour, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham counties (HBADOC), will offer participants a rare opportunity to tour a customized Micropolis House®, one of the modern, sustainable, customizable homes in a collection of small house plans designed by Chapel Hill architect Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA. Originally the Micropolis® “Happy Family” house, this version will be open for public touring during the first two weekends in May (5-6 and 12-13), from noon to 5 pm. Schechter will be there part of the time to answer questions.

The homeowners are Cheryl and Ken Serdar, transplants from Texas, who told Schechter they wanted a “very modern, almost industrial house,” the architect said. They also needed one more bedroom than the plan offered for two reasons: (1) Cheryl Serdar is a jewelry designer and plans to work from home, so the extra room will be her studio; and (2) most banks require a third bedroom for loans (an issue that’s proving problematic for Schechter’s tiny Micropolis® plans. To date, she’s usually had to add one bedroom for future homeowners to obtain bank loans).

Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA

Homeowner and jewelry designer Cheryl Serdar on the construction site.

Like their architect, the Serdars are animal lovers who include cats in their household. For the cats’ pleasure, there is a “cat staircase” that leads up to a 12-foot-high platform “where the feline members of the family can go to observe their minions below,” she said.

Another customized deviation from the original plan is the spa-like master bathroom. Schechter designed it to explore ideas of what a luxurious bathroom can be. “Which ties in with my assertion that smaller houses let you put your money toward better quality in materials and details rather than more square feet,” she said.

Schechter names her Micropolis House® for certain inspirations they give her.  She named this one “Happy Family” because the (original) two bedrooms are on opposite ends of the house with the “public” spaces in between. This floor plan provides family members with a central social area for being together and private places to which they can retreat, “creating the type of spatial variety essential for a happy family,” she said.

Speaking of happy families, the Serdars have two words for their new home: “Love it!”

Click here for more information on the HBADOC’s free, self-guided 2018 Green Home Tour.

Click here for more information on Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA.

Click here for more information the Micropolis® House Plans.

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