Can your kitchen double as a dance studio? We’re not advocating gigantic kitchens, but many dancers around the world are using their kitchens to take virtual dance classes. Counters make great barres! Katie has done some teaching from her kitchen, and, in fact, GBA actually designed a kitchen addition for the family of one of her dancers that is now in service as a training studio. Give it a
The Ballet School of Chapel Hill is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The studio is very dear to our colleague, Katie, who began training there in 1981 and is now a partner and faculty member. Read more about the founding of this community institution as recently published in Chapel Hill magazine (July 2020). We also feel very fortunate to have Katie here in our office to talk
When you demo a house, you get a glimpse of the building’s past. Nothing is hidden with finishes anymore and all their secrets are exposed. It is only in this moment of demolition when a building is truly transparent. And, soon, these beautiful secrets are to be covered again only to wait for another generation to be rediscover.
We are delighted to bring to your attention the recent publication Triangle Modern Architecture, a book by our friend and colleague Victoria Ballard Bell. In addition to a comprehensive review of the roots and cultural significance of modern architecture in the Triangle, the book includes the biographies and examples of work by architects since the 1940’s, as well as work
Our Screen Porch Paradise has been featured in both the Durham and Chapel Hill Magazine! We feel fortunate to have had clients with big plans of living their best outdoor lives. Their house falls near the county border, which means both communities can claim this cool house. Read about it in the Durham Magazine (page 72) and Chapel Hill Magazine (page 70).
This person has been with us for quite some time, over 4 years to be exact, and she is kind of a perfect as a person and as a professional. If you would like to know a bit about her, she is an expert of all local codes in the triangle, she definitely knows it all and if you have any questions on any ordinance, Jocelyn has the answer. Jocelyn,
Great things have happened at GBA these couple of months amid the pandemic. We have been named Best of Durham 2020 in the architect category and we are completely honored. This year has also been GBA’s one-year anniversary. Stay tuned for our other good news! Check us out Durham Magazine’s for more of Best of Durham 2020!
In celebration of Thanksgiving, we offer you a small gallery of autumnal paintings by Brian. Wishing you a wonderful holiday!
It is a wonderful honor to get a call from a past client asking us to return to their home for another project, a second phase, or the next dream renovation. As needs and lifestyles change, so must our houses. In the Hillsborough Residence Revisited, we added a luxurious master suite and accessible bathroom to a house we had designed many years before. The result is a gracious and comfortable
Can you feel it? One step outside is all you need to know that a full-swing Carolina summer is here and she has made herself comfortable. While the sticky, sweltering temperatures of the season may not be everybody’s glass of sweet tea, we can all agree that nothing beats a screened porch for enjoying the summer landscapes. This is hardly a new trend; North Carolina’s architectural history is punctuated with
Many of our clients are turning to geothermal heat pumps, harnessing stable subterranean temperatures to heat and cool their homes. The systems are desirable for their energy efficiency, comfort, quiet, low-maintenance, and low operating costs. Some systems also assist with domestic water heating. Although geothermal costs more than conventional systems upfront, the benefits and energy savings are well-documented and the pay back on the initial investment is often a good
Making interior selections for your new home or renovation allows the character of your space to shine through in the small details. Truly, this step in the process should be a fun one that engages your own imagination and creativity. For example, selecting the perfect counter top can tie together a space and act as a vital tool you will see and use every day. But with so many diverse
Determining a realistic budget for your new home or renovation can be a complicated task. At Bizios Architect, we use a budgeting spreadsheet much like the one described in architect Robert Knight’s article, “How Big Is a Square Foot?” Additionally, we encourage our clients to hire a contractor early in the design process to keep you informed of costs. We would be happy to talk to you about our design
Some of you may have heard about the ambitious fundraising efforts spearheaded by Durham architect Phil Freelon and his wife jazz singer Nneena Freelon in support of the Duke ALS Clinic. In honor of Phil, the Fellows of the NC AIA recently organized a silent art auction called, “Art by Architects for a World without ALS.” Georgia was proud to serve on the organizing committee and Georgia, Brian, and Jocelyn
It’s been an exciting few months at Bizios Architect with several projects finishing up – major renovations in Durham, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill and new houses in Orange County and Winston-Salem. While we’re busy getting them fully photographed, here are some sneak peeks. Photo by Owner Photo by Marilyn Peryer Photo by Bizios Architect Save Save
Celebrating its 20th season, the Chapel Hill Dance Theater will present the Carnival of the Animals and a Suite of NC Dances this weekend, Saturday, February 13 at 3pm and 7pm and Sunday, February 14th at 3pm, at Chapel Hill High School. Our own Katie Wakeford is a member of the artistic staff and choreographer of Fair Ladies’ Fancy, set to a medley of bluegrass music. Read more about the
We are proud to announce that Georgia received an AIA/ACSA Practice and Leadership Award. This award discovers and recognizes “best practice” examples of highly effective teaching, scholarship, and outreach in the areas of professional practice and leadership. – See more at: http://www.acsa-arch.org/…/awa…/archives/2016-award-winners… or https://www.facebook.com/NCStateDesign.
On a beautiful sunny afternoon in late November, Jennifer and Victor Chen held a reception for friends of Preservation Chapel Hill at their recently renovated Arthur C. Nash House on South Boundary Street. Bizios Architect is pleased to have served as architectural consultants to the Chens on the building’s renovation/preservation. We welcomed the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful home in the winter afternoon light along with so many Nash enthusiasts.
We are delighted to be working on the Hillsborough Residence again, a house we designed and was constructed in 2000. The owners love their house and decided to renovate and add in order to create a fully accessible house. It is a pleasure to work again as a team with our clients and Hopper Construction. We will keep you posted as construction begins.
The Meadow View owners have enjoyed four seasons in their new home. The long summer days gave us an opportunity to visit and experience it in the evening glow. We invited R.C. Abbasi to shoot some photographs and have added them to our web site. Take a look, we think you will enjoy the magic of the building in the summer dusk.
Recently released in its third printing, Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism is co-edited by Bizios Architect’s own Katie Wakeford. Hope you’ll check it out! From publisher Metropolis Books: “Expanding Architecture presents a new generation of creative design carried out in the service of the greater public and the greater good. Questioning how design can improve daily lives, editors Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford map an emerging geography of architectural activism–or “public-interest
The Blondes vs. Brunettes Raleigh is a local volunteer-driven event where two teams of women – divided to reflect the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes – compete in a flag football game to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The two teams practice for 10 weeks for one big Saturday game, where hundreds of supporters come out to watch competitive football and support a
Spring time weather is luring us to the outdoors. Screened porches are fantastic places to be alone or in the company of family and friends. Here at Bizios Architect we love to design them as open, airy pavilions or barely defined rooms. Screen porch additions add to the quality of life and value of a home. Let us know if we can be of help in designing and building
As memories of the winter 2015 snow fade, the owners of the Meadow View Residence enjoy beautiful sunsets through many of the house windows. It is still too cool to enjoy sunsets from the surrounding porches and patios, but not for long as spring is around the corner. Check back soon for more beautiful views. Photos: Victoria Taub
Enjoy a fantastic company of local dancers in the upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland, February 28 and March 1 at Chapel Hill High School. Our own Katie Wakeford is one of the choreographers and a member of Chapel Hill Dance Theater’s artistic staff. (Photo by Mark Schultz, News & Observer)
Architects often joke that many of us started our practices by doing “garage addition” projects. At Bizios Architect we love the opportunities and challenges that such projects present. We have recently completed two additions/renovations that involved improving the quality of life in existing houses by “raising the roof” of the existing garages and adding useful, well-integrated spacious rooms filled with light. Inspiration comes from J.B. Jackson, a provocative essayist
Scientific research and built examples demonstrate how properly closed crawl spaces can provide much better moisture control than conventional, wall-vented crawl spaces in temperate-humid climates. Homes with closed crawl spaces–often called “sealed,” “unvented,” or “conditioned” crawl spaces–also can save significantly on energy when compared to homes with wall-vented crawl spaces. (advancedenergy.org) Bizios Architect has been designing homes with sealed crawl spaces for years. The images below illustrate crawl spaces we
Bizios Architect is proud to serve as a design consultant for a major renovation of the historic Nash House, located in the Battle Park Neighborhood in Chapel Hill. The Nash House was featured on the Preservation Chapel Hill Holiday House Tour in December. The house was originally designed by Arthur C. Nash who is known for his prominent work in Chapel Hill, in particular the Carolina Inn and a 1920
Durham, USA, January 20, 2015 – Bizios Architect of Durham, North Carolina has been awarded “Best Of Houzz for Design” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design ideas. The award winning architecture firm was chosen by Houzz users from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. “We at Bizios Architect are devoted to creating value for our clients through personalized, high caliber
Three diverse projects are under construction notwithstanding the winter weather. Orange County Residence: Contractor: Owner Halifax County Residence & Dog Training Facility: Contractor: Carolina Building Systems, John Jenkins Project Manager Photographs courtesy of John Jenkins Chapel Hill Residence Addition: Contractor: D.W. Roberts Construction
Wishing you happy holidays from everyone here at Bizios Architect! -Georgia, Brian, Katie, Nancy, Emmie, Julio & Jonas Greek Isles (2014) Quilt by Nancy Jenkins Partial View, Original Size 6’x6′ Photograph by John Jenkins
An important and enjoyable aspect of our work is giving new life to existing houses. Summer of 2014 was a time for new beginnings for two of our favorite families and their homes. Bizios Architect designed the renovations of both Chapel Hill Residences. The owners of the “Sycamore House” needed to move and put their beloved home on the market. It sold within a month and now another family is
With grateful good wishes to our friends, clients, and collaborators, we hope you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. – The Bizios Team Photo courtesy of Harriet Holderness
Georgia Bizios often uses cabin design as a building type to teach students about designing for human experience responding to site characteristics. The work of one of the studios was featured on page 35 in the Spring 2014 Issue of Design Life, a publication of the NC State University College of Design. To read more: http://issuu.com/designislife/docs/designlife_winter2014
The Colonial Dames Scholarship at the University of Minnesota supports international exchanges and brings added cultural diversity to the university. Since the 1950’s, the scholarship has helped more than 800 students from 90 countries, providing over a half million dollars in support. Georgia Bizios was featured in a recent publication of former recipients of the scholarship that highlights their accomplishments and careers. See the content of the publication below (click
Check out the Haw River Retreat that was featured in the June 2014 Issue of Cabin Life Magazine. See the digital issue online at http://www.cabinlife.com/. Photo: © Mike Mills
Katie Wakeford enjoyed a recent opportunity to visit the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Department of Interior Architecture where she serves on the Board of Advisors. In 2014, the department launched the Center for Community-Engaged Design. As their website describes, “The Center for Community-Engaged Design is an interdisciplinary research center that fosters community/university partnerships for meaningful research and design of the built and natural environments…CC-ED collaborates with community partners,
Brian had the unique educational opportunity to visit the Marvin Window & Door Factory in Warroad, Minnesota, located six miles from the Canadian border on beautiful Lake of the Woods. Marvin is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of custom wood window and door products. A tour of the plant gave him a first hand view of the production process from rough lumber through the moment the windows are loaded
The Bizios Architect team enjoyed a night out at the Iron & Wine concert. The concert was part of the NC Museum of Art’s Summer Concert Series, and was extremely well-attended. It was a beautiful night to enjoy some great music! Photos: © Bizios Architect
Choosing the Right Architect? Georgia was recently interviewed by North Carolina Homes, one of the top sites for North Carolina homes for sale, including Durham, NC real estate.
We’re nominated for Bull City’s Best Architecture Firm! If you wish to vote for us, go to Durham Mag’s website. Hurry: voting ends May 1st!! Click HERE to vote!
We were happy to have Dale Mulfinger, author of Back to the Cabin, in town for the weekend. Every seat was filled at local bookstore, FlyLeaf Books, as he spoke about the inspiration for his book. It was a pleasure to see and visit with many friends at the reception that followed. A perfect day and venue for thinking about designing and building good places for people to live. Check
Georgia was pleased to participate in a recent public forum. More about it from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences web site: “Design Your World!” is a special panel presentation and discussion in the SECU Daily Planet Theater “How can design be used to shape the world’s limited resources into healthier, safer and better conditions? How does design address the critical issues that challenge your community? Come and see how
Enjoy a fantastic company of local dancers in the upcoming production of Peter Pan, February 22 and 23 at Chapel Hill High School. Our own Katie Wakeford is one of the choreographers and a member of Chapel Hill Dance Theater’s artistic staff. For more information, check out the links below! (Photo by Mark Schultz, News & Observer) Link to Chapel Hill News Article Link to Facebook Event February 22, 2014 Link to Facebook Event February
Happy holidays and best wishes for 2014! -Georgia, Brian, Katie, Jonas, Nancy & Emmie
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We are pleased that AIA North Carolina is currently sponsoring a residential design series titled How We Live. Georgia was invited to participate and spoke about how quality architectural design transcends stylistic labels and creates homes that enhance the quality of our lives. To hear more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEX4PDu4UD0&feature=youtu.be&a In particular, listen to Georgia discuss the importance of capturing natural light at 13:30 in the above video. The next (and final) session
With grateful good wishes to our friends, clients, and collaborators, we hope you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. – The Bizios Team
Katie continues her volunteering with Our Children’s Place, a private nonprofit agency committed to the children of incarcerated parents. Here are two ways you can get involved! Visit Parker & Otis and see the “Random Hats of Kindness” display in their Duke Street window. Attend the upcoming “Hats Off to the Kids” Celebration at Carolina Inn on Sunday, December 1. Bizios Architect is pleased to support the event by contributing
Wonderful news, our Haw River Retreat is featured in the newly released book Back to the Cabin by Dale Mulfinger (Taunton Press, 2013). Full of charming and inspiring getaways and hideouts, the book would make a wonderful gift for anyone dreaming of designing and building a special retreat. Read a review from the Wall Street Journal or get your copy at the Taunton Store.
The AIA NC will host three panel discussions on residential architecture at the Center for Architecture. Georgia will be one of the presenters on Saturday November 16 at 10 a.m. on the topic of “Today’s Home: Flexible, Efficient and Connected.” To find out more details about the program go to http://www.cfadnc.org/#events. The lectures are free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there.
Students in Georgia’s studio last semester designed cabins for specific clients and sites in North Carolina. Their work, a competition with a University of Minnesota studio taught by Dale Mulfinger of SALA Architects, was featured in the October issue of Cabin Life Magazine. This is the second year of the competition and the second time NC State students were selected as winning entries by the magazine’s readers. Renderings courtesy of
We are pleased to announce that the Haw River Retreat, designed by Bizios Architect, was recognized by the AIA North Carolina for design excellence. The vacation home in Pittsboro, NC received a 2013 Merit Award. We want to express our appreciation to homeowners Kitty and Jim Delany for their trust and enthusiasm during the design and construction process, and to Robert Harndon, general contractor. Check out this link to watch