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tamarabgavin


Architectural Details and Interior Design.

I\'m not sure where the gene came from, but I was born to design houses. It has been my passion, gift, and obsession for more than fifteen years. I value quality materials and thoughtful details and believe that a house is more than just a place where people live - it\'s a masterpiece, a legacy, and an expression of a town. I admire early American architecture: the proportions, the simplicity, the craftsmanship. And I believe that the most sustainable homes are the ones that can age gracefully and shelter many generations. I strive to bring dimension into every space through layered design elements, depth of millwork, and textured materials in order to achieve warmth, strength, and beauty. I particularly love the transformation of existing spaces and am no stranger to home improvement projects and renovations. My 1950s brick rambler has been my labor of love for over ten years and I love raising my two children Jack and Euna inside her walls with my husband.


Certified Interior Designer NCIDQ #023895

Asheville, North Carolina

Walnut Cove Residence

Work Credit: Allard and Roberts Interior Design Project Year: 2016 Project Cost: More than $2,000,000 Country: United States Builder: Glennwood Custom Builders Architect: Con Dameron Photographer: Kevin Meechan Doors: Sun Mountain Cabinetry: Advance Custom Cabinetry Countertops & Fireplaces: Mountain Marble & Granite Window Treatments: Blinds & Designs, Fletcher NC This is a custom mountain home located in The Cliffs at Walnut Cove in the Asheville, NC area. We worked with the homeowners, architect, builder & subcontractors during the planning stages and throughout construction. We collaborated on all of the finishes and fixtures, as well as furniture & decor selections. Custom details were designed throughout the home, including the ceilings, fireplace surrounds, cabinetry details, lighting fixtures & features, and tile & stone accents. The home owner's existing furnishings, artwork & decor were placed throughout the home, and we added in new items from our North Carolina based manufacturers, vendors, artists & artisans. Neutral backgrounds are incorporated with a variety of warm wood tones, and pops of accent color can be changed out over time. The spectacular mountain views take center stage in each room, and can be seen through the glass of the custom front entry doors. Our clients have now relocated from Texas to their new home, and are enjoying their Asheville home and lifestyle!

Biltmore Forest Romantic

Work credit: ACM Design Architecture and Interiors — ACM Design PA Interior Design and Furnishings — Noland Interiors Landscape Architecture — Cloos Landscape Architecture Landscape Design — Greenmeadow Landscaping Builder – Brock Builders, Inc. Carefully sited to feature views of the Biltmore Estate from nearly every room, this fine home hearkens back to yesterday . . . from the nostalgic architecture of the European Romantic style to the grandeur and detail of the interior spaces to the surrounding gardens. This masterpiece features quality construction by a collection of artisans and master craftsmen under the watchful eye of a dedicated builder. Completed in 2010, the home exudes warmth coupled with sophistication and elegance.

Craftsman Kitchen Renovation - Weaverville

Work Credit: ACM Design Architecture and Interiors — ACM Design PA Landscape Design — Greenmeadow Landscaping Builder — Brock Builders This former circa-1980 Colonial style farmhouse was transformed both inside and out to become a lovely Craftsman home to suit its farm setting. The interior floor plan was opened up to allow flow between the family gathering spaces. The new kitchen design featured amenities and attributes necessary for an accomplished cook while maintaining its Craftsman character with modified Shaker style natural cherry cabinets, local handmade tile backsplash punctuated by a quiet dark granite. The great room was made dramatic by raising the ceiling to new dormer windows that allowed natural light through ribbon windows. The rooms on the rear of the home changed focus with the addition of many new windows facing a new outdoor summer kitchen, complete with stone pizza oven, and undulating pool anchored by a new pool house opposite the summer kitchen.

Award-Winning Mountain Contemporary

Builder: Thompson Properties Interior Designer: Allard & Roberts Interior Design Cabinetry: Advance Cabinetry Countertops: Mountain Marble & Granite Lighting Fixtures: Lux Lighting and Allard & Roberts Doors: Sun Mountain Plumbing & Appliances: Ferguson Photography: David Dietrich Photography This was to be "the last house", so every detail was thoughtfully considered. We worked with the homeowners to space plan the room layouts to meet their needs, designed custom cabinetry, ceilings, fireplaces & stone details, custom furnishings & decor, and offered project management services to ensure the end result matched their dream vision. The homeowners asked for features and finishes that were unique and interesting. How exciting to work with clients that desired something fresh & new! The contemporary mountain home sits on a ridge within the active gated community of The Cliffs at Walnut Cove in Asheville, NC. The home features custom details fabricated by some of the most talented craftsmen in our region. Curved window walls frame the mountain views, carved stone tiles are grazed with light behind a freestanding tub, and a custom crafted concrete fireplace grounds the living area. It's all about the curves, from arches framing stair ways & niches to wave shaped hardware that echoes wave patterned hand carved tiles. Even the raised countertop of the Kitchen island features an elegant curved end detail, supported by custom stainless supports. At the outdoor fireplace, curved sconces complete the space, and add a soft glow for evening entertaining, or a cozy night snuggled by the fire. In the lower family room, a custom bar flanks one side, while a linear fireplace clad in a granite surround is surrounded by Windows & mountains beyond. The large screen tv can be enjoyed from the motorized leather recliners, which also swivel to take in the views. When a curved wall was initially set inside a closet, we recommended making it a feature wall of a guest master shower, and they agreed, creating a wonderful feature for visitors to enjoy during their stay. Furniture, fabric, lighting and decor selections were coordinated to enhance and reflect the custom curved design elements throughout each room of the house. A neutral palette allows the views to take center stage, while the variety of textures provide visual interest. Accent color is introduced through artwork and area rugs that can be changed out over time should the client desire. The backgrounds are timeless and allowing the accent colors to be changed out over time to the client's current preference. In the end, our clients love their home. It is perfectly suited to their taste and lifestyle with enough space to entertain, and with cozy nooks to get away for alone time as well. It's a space for making new memories, and enjoying what years of hard work have provided...a dream come true! We are proud to announce that this project was awarded "2016 Best Interior Merchandising Over $1 Million" in the Asheville Home Builders Association Pace Awards. Less Project Year: 2016 Project Cost: More than $2,000,000 Country: United States

Boulder Creek Residence - Best in Show 2016

Interior Designer: Allard & Roberts, Architect: Retro + Fit Design, Builder: Osada Construction, Photographer: Shone Kuykendall Our clients had been dreaming of their new retirement home in the mountains of Asheville, NC. He was still working in Chicago, where they would be re-locating from. The lot they purchased already had a home designed by the architect, specifically sited to maximize the long range mountain views. They also had a local builder selected and ready to break ground. So it was the interior design and project management services they needed from the Allard & Roberts design team. She knew she wanted a neutral gray based color palette and a modern kitchen, while he was looking for comfortable furnishings, maximized views, and a personalized office space. We worked with our clients to establish the look, feel & function of each space, and went to work designing & drafting the interior features such as the fireplace & built-in wall, custom details in each bathroom, and some re-working of the Kitchen layout & Foyer closet. We worked hand in hand with the builder, Osada Construction, and their talented team of subcontractors. All the while our clients continued their lives in Chicago, making periodic visits to continue with selections and check on the construction progress. All of the furnishings on the main level of the house are new. We took our clients with us to the furniture market and selected each piece for it's look, feel, scale & proportion to fit the needs of the space, as well as their comfort & taste. This house and all that are in it are tailor made to the homeowner's needs. We only realized after they moved in that the upholstery fabrics and their dog's beautiful coat are the same shade of gray. Our client knows what she likes in dogs & in furniture! The results of this project are reflective of what it means to have a great design build team. Without the collaborative work of the architect, builder, designer and subcontractors, the client's vision would not have been completed so successfully. They have relocated to Asheville now and are enjoying their time with their beloved dog, in their new home. Family and friends love to visit, and entertaining is easy in their open floor plan living space. The home will be featured in an upcoming Parade of Homes event put on by the AHBA, and will be featured in an upcoming publication of Asheville Lifestyle magazine. We are thrilled for our clients to be enjoying their home, and thankful that they are opening it to the community to enjoy during the Parade event. Less Project Year: 2016 Project Cost: $750,001 - $1,000,000 Country: United States

North Asheville Contemporary - Renovation

Work Credit: Allard and Roberts Interior DesignPhotography by: David Dietrich Renovation by: Tom Vorys, Cornerstone Construction Cabinetry by: Benbow & Associates Countertops by: Solid Surface Specialties Appliances & Plumbing: Ferguson Lighting Design: David Terry Lighting Fixtures: Lux Lighting The Robinhood Road Renovation project began with a kitchen renovation and ultimately expanded to renovation of all three floors of the home. The existing Kitchen was dark, drab and dated. The homeowner was inspired by another Kitchen project we had designed, and sought our help with the re-design. The traditional and craftsman style of the existing kitchen did not suite the new homeowners modern sensibilities or their lifestyle. We were tasked with creating a high contrast modern kitchen, perfect for entertaining guest, and watching the game with family & friends. The kitchen was gutted. New smaller soffits were added above custom cabinetry featuring horizontal uppers with glass fronts. All new Wolf & Sub-Zero appliances were added. A TV beside the refrigerator can be viewed from the island or the breakfast area, as the family enjoys watching football games together over a meal. A downdraft was used instead of a hood in order to keep the view clear to the TV, and from the cooking area out the windows to the view. The new kitchen now functions for family gathers and more formal entertaining, and suites the owners taste perfectly! Photography by: David Dietrich

Mountain Modern Custom Home

Interior Design: Allard & Roberts Architect: Jason Weil of Retro-Fit Design Builder: Brad Rice of Bellwether Design Build Photographer: David Dietrich. Tamara Gavin Furniture Staging: Four Corners Home Area Rugs: Togar RugsModern mountain home located in Asheville, NC and designed by Jason Weil at Retro-Fit Design. Interiors by Allard & Roberts Interior Design, Inc. Builder is Bellwether Design Build and Furniture Staging provided by Four Corners Home & Mobilia. Area Rugs provided by Togar Rugs and original artwork by Genie Maples. Project Year: 2015 Project Cost: More than $2,000,000

Mountain Lodge - Black Mountain

This rustic mountain lodge style home is nestled into the top of a ridge and boasts the most spectacular mountain views from every room. Designed as a family mountain retreat, this home offers many opportunities to experience the great outdoors from the covered porch with a commanding stone fireplace to a summer kitchen with outdoor dining under a heavy timber trellis. The chef’s kitchen opens to a large great room with vaulted ceiling and stone fireplace for family gatherings during the winter months. Project Team Architecture and Interior Design — ACM Design PA Interior Furnishings — Susan Craven Cord Landscape Design and Installation — Greenmeadow Landscaping Builder – Copperwood Builders

SketchUp

A sample of SketchUp files I've done for various projects. I've used SketchUp for presentations, custom furniture building, fireplace details, and more.

Renderings

A sample of renderings I\'ve done for architects, builders, and developers in Western North Carolina.