Situated on a steep, dramatic site, the Harmon house hugs a north slope of Town Mountain minutes from downtown Asheville. Low-pitched roofs and bands of windows capture the essence of Prairie-style architecture. Stone work is by Steep Creek Stoneworks.
Frank Lloyd Wright liked to use spatial tricks in his homes to delight clients and visitors. He’d hide entrances, shrink door sizes, and compress rooms. Then he’d open the structure up into flamboyant, grand spaces, capitalizing on the drama of big changes in scale.
Those types of design elements mattered when Clay and Lynn Harmon decided to build their empty-nest home in Asheville, rewarding themselves for years of hard work and success. Their intense urban life in Houston, full of long commutes and packed schedules for three daughters, had run its course. From their screened-in porch, a short drive up Town Mountain Road, Lynn wonders if it took them too long to get here.
Clean and simple, the kitchen is the focal point for entertaining. Generous circulation areas and a nook for easy chairs encourage guests to appreciate the owners’ hospitality and cooking. An enthusiastic singer, Lynn Harmon frequently hosts events for the Asheville Choral Society.
Written by Jennifer Fulford, Photography by J. Weiland
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Arden, NC 28704
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