Two Modern, Net Zero Houses by Architect Arielle Schechter Will Grace the Fall Modernist Home Tour September 17th

August 26, 2022 § Leave a comment

The Baboolal Residence — rear elevation, backyard | Photo © Tzu Chen

…the perfect balance of budget, sustainability, livability, and delight,” wrote Residential Design editor Claire Conroy in her assessment of the Baboolal Residence. “At every turn, [Arielle Schechter] prioritized the qualities of light, views, and building performance over superficial, budget-busting bling.”’s KC Morgan concluded her observations with, “Seamless design and net-zero strategies combine to make the Baboolal home both beautiful and energy-efficient.”

This modern, ultra-green, single-family home is one of two residential projects designed by Chapel Hill architect Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, that will grace the roster of the Fall Modernist Homes Tour on September 17, presented by NCModernist.

The Serdar House | Photo courtesy Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA

The Serdars’ Net Zero/Net Positive Micropolis® House in Hillsborough is the other Schechter project on the tour. While fulfilling the owners’ request for a “very modern, extremely green, and almost industrial” house, the architecture ultimately delivered her most energy-efficient residence to date, which includes the best HERS rating the independent rating company has ever seen. (Click here for the explanation.) And most of the time, the house produces more energy than it consumes — hence Net Positive.

Energy issues aside, the Serdar House also contains a luxurious, age-in-place, spa-like main bathroom that previous home tour attendees have described as “luscious,” “incredible,” and “sybaritic.”

Eleven modernist houses will comprise the Fall Modernist Homes Tour. (Click here to see all 11.) Tickets are sold out, but George Smart is compiling a waiting list in case current ticketholders must drop out between now and September 17. Anyone interested in getting on the waiting list should contact him:

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About the architect:  Visit Arielle Condoret Schechter’s website for more information on these and the many other modern, net zero houses she has designed and others currently under design development or construction:

About NCModernist:  Founded and directed by George Smart of Durham, NCModernist is a nationally renowned, award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting modernist residential design throughout North Carolina. Along with maintaining the depth and facets of its website,, the organization sponsors a host of special events, programs, and tours throughout the year, including fall and spring tours of modernist homes, via luxury bus, located within the Triangle region.


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