Thursday, December 30, 2010

Purepanel Walls installed in 3 hours

Purepanel Walls installed in 3 hours

The images below are of the second installation of Purepanel (100% post consumer recycled paper structural walls) in the US.  From  the moment the lines were snapped on the floor and our installers were  complete, it only took them a total of three hours to install all of the  interior walls of the 1200 sq ft W Asheville residence.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Push Design in WNC Magazine

Thanks WNC Magazine! There is a great new article featuring Push Design in this months WNC Magazine. The article covers our history and philosophy exceptionally well and the photos look great. The article points out the underlying importance in why we do what we do. Innovation is always important to designers and of course we are all focused on creating more sustainable materials and methods of building but nothing can compare to the passion of a father wanting the best life possible for his children. Please take a few moments to read the article by clicking on the title of the article below.

WNC Magazine - Design Leap - A father’s search for healthy building materials brings about an innovative home

Friday, October 1, 2010

Pushing ahead with our toxin free home

Work on the latest project by Push Design is moving along. Carol Wilson’s home is in the framing stages and we have taken a few photos to keep folks updated on our first toxin free home.

In other news, our new website is live and we couldn't be happier with the design. We want to thank Scullytown for all the hard work. Now, we may be a little bias but it is the coolest website dealing with sustainable building and materials on the web. Visit and see for yourself.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sustainable Building Design in the news

Here is a great slide show and article from the Huffington Post that promoted benifits of various sustainable building designs that hit the internet last week. We were excited to have the Push House featured in an article promoting the benifits of building with several the materials that Push Design is using to create our enery efficent and toxin free homes. While we're not sure that the materials were listed in any particular order, it was sure nice to see that Hemp Homes were listed at #1.

Here is a direct link.

Extra, extra, read all about it...

Push Design made the front page of the Asheville Citizen Times this Sunday. It was a great article featuring our lastest project taking place in West Asheville and really touched on our focus and philosophy. Keep the good news coming. Thanks Citizen Times.

photo credit: Asheville Citizen Times. Click for a link to the article.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Push House on Jimmy Fallon

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Discovery Channel News Online article just posted

Great compliment!!!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Push Design Hemp House Asheville featured on CNN

For those of you that saw me (Anthony Brenner) on CNN Headline News this morning I would like to let everyone know that I would welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have regarding the story. Please contact me via email with any questions or comments

Monday, August 23, 2010

Asheville's First Non-toxic residence

Push Design is excited to announce that construction has begun in West Asheville. I will be starting an entirely new blog for all of you to follow. The smaller version of the original Push House will be the first non-toxic house ever built in Asheville. Stay tuned!!!

Be sure to check out the interview from friday on WLOS with Titled Hemp House Complete interview by Karen Wynne with Anthony Brenner, Karon Korp and Ex-mayor Russ Martin, thanks Karen!!!

Hemp House in Asheville ( Interview on WLOS with Anthony Brenner)

Anthony Brenner (Lead design for Push Design) was interviewed last friday by Karen Wynne from local news station WLOS Channel 13 and the link to the story is attached below.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

More pics

More pics from today

They're moved in, finally!!!!

My apologies for "zero" updates for almost a month but my clients have been moving in and getting situated in their new home. Today was the first day I had been in the home in close to two weeks and it is so nice to see this project finally come to fruition. There are still about 3-4 separate rooms that still have boxes in them so I was unable to shoot them. Once they get completely moved in I am going to have a professional photog come in and take some shots for our new website and marketing collateral.
But for now I have attached the new images that I took today.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Got our CO...singing from the rooftops!!

Images will follow tomorrow of all the wonderful things that have happened over the last 2 weeks but really nothing that would look any different to anyone on the web. So tune in tomorrow and you will see the magic!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

more Purepanel™ furniture images

Purepanel™ Furniture a truly green furniture solution

David Humphrey and Mark Akers at Square Peg finished up the furniture early this week and they have exceeded all expectations. We believe we have uncovered the future of furniture, especially furniture made with the environment as a focus. The furniture industry is traditionally considered one of the worst industries for the environment on the planet. Extreme use of wood from non renewable resources, carbon footprint due to the large majority being manufactured on the other side of the earth and most important in my mind, the toxicity of typical furniture because of the use of nasty glues, adhesives and finishing materials. I honestly think we have created the solution.

I have been waiting so long for this day!

Purepanel doors finally getting installed. Those of you that don't know as if I haven't referenced Pure Panel 100x in the blog. Pure Panel is 100% post consumer recycled paper core material that is used in this application as the core of the doors you see here. The doors are 1 1/2" thick and as you can see is extremely light (approx 1/4 the weight of a typical door) and much stronger. They turned out beautiful thanks to Square Peg once again. As far as I know this is the first application of Pure Panel as custom doors in North America. Pretty exciting!!!

Steel rails going in and I couldn't be more excited

David Earl Tomlinson , owner of Dynamic Metalworks started the install of our steel rail system today. I have thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with David over the last few months. David has an extremely creative mind and is one of those guys that I could literally give him my vision with the spoken word and then let him interpret my vision and in turn he would achieve and exceed any expectations. Very talented guy !

Thankyou David the rails look better than I expected and my expectations were very high.

LOOK at this trim...I'm so happy!

Once again and again, thankyou Square Peg for the amazingly detail finish work on the window trim. As a few people that have visited the house have said "this is the way that trim is supposed to be installed". This is why they are considered the premier trim and cabinet guys in the area.Wait til you see the doors they installed today, that post is coming up later, you are not gonna believe it.

Just what I was looking for

Thanks to Bill Sargent and his versatile skills he was able to accomplish the "exact" finish I wanted on the fireplace. The wood burning fireplace is a perfect example of function over form. This is a very high efficiency stove that will heat the entire upper level of the home. We were unable to find a unit that was aesthetically perfect for that space that was not priced unreasonably and that fit the function so we went with Buck Stove (local fireplace retailer). In order to combat the traditional nature of the unit we had to make sure that the surround was clean, simple and bit more modern in nature. I think it works very well and I am pleased with the way it turned out.

Master Bath looks AMAZING!

We are so close to finishing the tile in the master bath and we would be but the trusty designer didn't do a correct takeoff and came up 2 tiles short.Luckily another one of my clients used the same tile and we have extra so it's not a big deal. So hopefully tomorrow we can be done with the extensive tile work if I can in fact come up with the other two tiles.
In addition to the tile we have "beautiful" wallcovering going in tonight on the vanity wall and I can't wait for everyone to see it. It should be stunning!!Then on friday the black walnut slab counter will be installed along with the vessel sinks.
We did have the main shower valve installed today and looks really sexy!

kitchen/laundry/pantry cabinets look great

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

So excited about this design feature

I tend to Push (pardon the pun) my clients to consider things that might otherwise seem ridiculous but sometimes we can pull it off. In this case, we pulled it off. From the outset of the development of the design of the home I wanted to incorporate a water feature into the landscape and outdoor living spaces of the house. As you all know I always defer to reclaimed or salvage materials first. In this case I have been trying to conceptualize how I could blend the upper space or front entry and the lower outdoor living space under the sitting room together so there was some cohesion. Subsequently we needed 2 large retaining walls just to the right of the front entry bridge to hold back fill from the front of the house. So I had Sargent Construction build a 4ft x 15ft long retaining wall out of leftover ICF blocks from the foundation as one retaining, then for the big one I found out that Southern Concrete here in Asheville uses left over concrete to make very large 3'x6'concrete blocks for various reasons and they are only $35. So I had then deliver 8 blocks and they stacked them on top of one another. The smallest of the 2 walls is about 9ft below the top of the other, so to create some harmony between the two and develop this illusive water feature we took the next step to design a 2 tiered steel feature. I bought 2 reclaimed steel I-beams, turned them on their side and they will act as the pool/waterfall into a larger beam that will be the basin.The longest beam runs under the entry bridge and cantileavers out over the other beam from 8ft above and will dump water into the lower beam that will recycle the water back up top for what I think has turned out to be amazing. I try to pride myself on being creatively resourceful and in this instance I am pleased with my persistence or stubbornness it took to pull this off without driving everyone on the job crazy, most importantly my gracious clients.

Ash Flooring down

Flooring is complete on the main floor! We had some ash trees milled that we took down from the property and put them down in the sitting room, dining room, kitchen, powder room and office on the main floor and it turned out beautifully.The hardwoods will get finished with Earth Paint wood finish (local Asheville company). The clear we will use is a zero VOC locally harvested water based finish.