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Ten Roofs House: A Dream Home for Two Retirees

When it came time to retire, a North Carolina couple traded in the daily grind for a life brimming with joy and recreation.

Marvine and Knox wanted a home that was more pared down and less traditional than their former home, but filled with interesting and artistic details.
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Knox Worde and Marvine Cole
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The partially cleared site is perfect for solar electric and solar thermal panels—and for Knox’s astronomy hobby.
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The well-insulated passive solar home includes two wood-burning stoves.
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A boat house provides storage for Marvine and Knox's many kayaks and canoes.
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Multiple roof lines create interest and the “compound” feeling Marvine wanted.
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Marvine has been a sewer and quilter her entire life, a passion passed down from her mother, Leona. Leona visits Marvine for several weeks twice a year, and the two make quilts together.
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Marvine lays out a quilt pattern on the wall of her sewing studio.
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The open, light-filled kitchen is perfect for growing plants indoors and for Marvine and Knox’s canning and food preservation.
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A large, “sociable” kitchen is central to many of architect Chris Larson’s designs.
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Marvine and Knox can pickles, tomato sauce, and jams made from the blueberries, strawberries and cherries they grow in their yard.
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Knox has taken woodworking courses at local arts and crafts schools. He gives bowls, jewelry boxes and vases as gifts, and sells them on Etsy ( and at arts and craft shows.
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