Nestled comfortably between the University of Arkansas, the Fayetteville High School, and a developing art corridor sits a new development called HillSTONE. Initially conceived as an up-scale urban development aimed at young professionals or people interested in downsizing, HillSTONE quickly became popular among the college rental community during construction and transitioned into long-term luxury rentals.

Project Name: HillSTONE
Studio Name: Click Architects
Project size: 2200 ft2
Completion date: 2017
Building levels: 2
Location: Fayetteville, United States
Photography: Aaron Kimberlin

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The original corner property, site of a vacant and run-down craftsman, was the perfect location to create something that would revitalize a tired neighborhood full of old apartment buildings and small homes. Early design studies proved that the new development must acknowledge the differing scales between various building types while balancing development potential. The solution, a two-phased approach, first involved minimal renovations to the existing craftsman, which would become home for the architects / developers, and the construction of three new single family homes.

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The second phase involved the careful salvaging of doors, windows, hardware, etc. from the original craftsman house prior to demolition. Then, building two new homes in its place. The exteriors were designed to combine traditional and modern elements. The massing, window placement, and structure lean towards the modern but incorporate familiar traditional elements like gable roofs, front porches, and lap siding.

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The homes built during phase one are purposely identical; the front door color being the only discrepancy and identifier. All homes possess a beautifully simple material palette of stained wood, soft white painted siding, and charcoal brick. Inside are wonderfully proportioned open spaces combining the kitchen, dining, and living areas. The interior material palette unites a perfect balance of warm grays, dark charcoals, black accents, and a neutral white background.

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