“Harsh Riverfront Site Inspires Spectacular Net Zero Home”

July 28, 2020 § Leave a comment

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Greywater collection, renewable energy, and a propane generator keep this Haw River dwelling resilient and self-sustaining. Photos by Tzu Chen

When architect Arielle Condoret Schechter’s clients purchased the dazzling 21-acre strip of land that would become their home on the Haw River in North Carolina, the seller had a simple condition: He wanted them to build a home that was environmentally responsible.

The buyers granted his wish by hiring Schechter, a residential architect known for building net zero or passive houses with an ultramodern aesthetic. And his directive became the first of many ways the land would dictate Schechter’s design for the Haw River House.

“It is just spectacular out there,” Schechter says. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever had a chance to work on as far as primal beauty goes.” READ MORE

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The Paradis-Zimmerman house overlooks the Haw River rapids from its perch on a rocky knoll surrounded by a forest.

INHABITAT: “Micropolis custom net-zero home generates all its own energy”

September 7, 2018 § Leave a comment

Net Zero Net Positive North Carolina house

Through form, function, and materials choices, the house is decidedly modern and “extremely green.” (Photos by Iman Woods)

By Lucy Wang

When Cheryl and Ken Serdar saw one of the homes belonging to Micropolis®, a collection of sustainable and contemporary house plans designed by architect Arielle Condoret Schechter, they knew they wanted a custom home based on the original 950-square-foot “Happy Family” plan. Taking into account the couple’s needs for extra space, Schechter designed a 2,222-square-foot dwelling that also offered all of the sustainable and modern design features defined in her Micropolis® line. Located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, the custom net-zero home is the most energy-efficient residence that the architect has designed to date. READ MORE… “Professor’s House”

March 25, 2018 § Leave a comment


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BEST “Haiman El Troudi Douwara recommends: Empty Nest House Designed For A Retired Professor In Chapel Hill, NC”

November 1, 2017 § Leave a comment


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October 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

Every day, DWELL’s editors select certain modern homes to feature on their homepage and to share on their social channels.  Below: how the Professor’s House appeared on the magazine’s homepage today. (For a direct link to full coverage of the Professor’s House on, CLICK HERE. )






When A Mid-Century Modern House Isn’t Quite Modern Enough

January 2, 2017 § Leave a comment

Arielle Condoret Schechter amps up the style.

Cherry flush overlay cabinetry brings a streamlined look and element of warmth into the new kitchen.

Cherry flush overlay cabinetry brings a streamlined look and element of warmth into the new kitchen. (Photos by Iman Woods)

January 2, 2017 (Chapel Hill, NC) – When Chapel Hill-based architect Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, was asked to renovate a mid-century modern house in Durham, she quickly realized that her task would be to interject some of the key features of mid-century modern design that this 1940s house was actually lacking. And, in doing so, she would create an appropriate setting for an icon of modern furniture design.

One of the primary elements of mid-century residential design is an innovative floor plan in which living spaces flow seamlessly and cohesively into each other. This house didn’t have that element, so Schechter opened up the interior to connect, rather than divide, the kitchen, dining, and living areas. A new window expands the view of the surrounding garden and forest in keeping with mid-century modern design’s emphasis on connectivity with the outdoors.

Many modern houses of that era also featured at least one special interior detail, such as an open-tread staircase, decorative concrete block screening, or an exposed brick wall, for example. This house needed a special detail “to amp up the style factor,” Schechter said. So she removed the faux-black stone around the fireplace in the living area and replaced it with floor-to-ceiling Heath Ceramics Dimensional tile. “Then we added down lighting to show off the sculptural form of the tile and to bring a sense of light and shadow to the new fireplace face,” Schechter said.

Foreground: George Nakashima bench. Around the fireplace: Heath Ceramics dimensional tiles.

Foreground: George Nakashima bench. Around the fireplace: Heath Ceramics dimensional tiles.

Now the new open living/dining space, filled with natural light, is also a fitting backdrop for a spectacular piece of mid-century modern furniture: the homeowners’ original “Conoid Bench” by Japanese-American woodworker/architect, George Nakashima.

In the kitchen, Schechter corrected a combination of painted and wood cabinets by specifying cherry flush overlay cabinetry to provide a much-needed streamlined look: Flush overlay cabinet doors align on all four sides with the edges of the framework. The cherry wood adds an element of warmth in keeping with the mid-century modern era. The back splash is white Heath subway tile.

As the daughter of modernist architect Jon Condoret (1934-2010), Schechter is passionate about renovating mid-century houses.

“I understand them so well,” she said, “which is why I enjoy helping people renovate, remodel, and update their mid-century modern houses. I do it for the love of the design and to feel connected with the living, breathing ideas with which these houses still pulse. This renovation was done on a tight budget, but we were still able to inject style and function into this little house.”

For more information on Arielle Condoret Schechter, visit – ArchShowcase: “Micropolis Morphed: Out of ‘Little Paws’ in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by Arielle Condoret Schechter”

May 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: “Green home complements property’s peacefulness”

January 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

(Reprinted from the News & Observer)

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