RACo Team Lends a Hand with Habitat for Humanity

 Matt Fornaro, Taylor Medlin, Lauren Woodard, Claire Craven

Matt Fornaro, Taylor Medlin, Lauren Woodard, Claire Craven

On Saturday, August 12th, members of the Raleigh Architecture Company design and construction teams gathered with the Catholic Coalition of Wake County to kick-off the faith organization's 8th home in the Crosstowne neighborhood, located off Cross Link and Garner Rd. in South Raleigh. 

Work started at 7:30am in the Habitat Construction Warehouse, where nearly 40 volunteers systematically assembled and loaded walls onto a trailer headed for the site of Habitat Partner Kiara Joe's future five-bedroom house. Kiara herself was on site to hammer the first nail, and many more following. Habitat partners build and purchase their homes. Throughout the day, volunteers had the opportunity not only to hear Kiara's story and celebrate the fact  that she and her two twin sons will soon have a home to call their own, along with her mother, brother and sister, but see the smile on her face as she and other volunteers lifted the walls into place.  By noon, the exterior walls were raised and work to erect interior walls had begun. The entire process of building her home will be 10 to 12 weeks. 

Our team ended the day energized and grateful for the strong community that still makes providing affordable housing in Wake County a priority. If you are interested in volunteering for a Habitat build in Wake County, we encourage you to visit their website.

 

NEWS & OBSERVER: “LESSONS LEARNED FROM JOE KWON'S DREAM KITCHEN.”

 
 
  Joe Kwon and Buckley in Joe’s dream kitchen designed by The Raleigh Architecture Co. Photo by Juli Leonard


Joe Kwon and Buckley in Joe’s dream kitchen designed by The Raleigh Architecture Co. Photo by Juli Leonard

 

By Andrea Weigl
 

Joe Kwon, the rock star cellist of The Avett Brothers, got to do what every obsessive home cook dreams about: design his own kitchen.

Kwon and his wife, Emily Meineke, moved into their new home earlier this year: a modernist house within walking distance of downtown Raleigh.

The couple bought the lot in February 2014, broke ground last summer and moved into the 2,000-square-foot house in January. Craig Kerins and Robby Johnston of The Raleigh Architecture Co.took the couple’s wish list and vision and turned it into reality by designing and building the home. (Kwon and Meineke are having a big year; they also got married in March.)

Kwon is well known as a food lover and avid home cook… READ MORE