The Original Dwell House

2005 Modernist Pre-fab in Pittsboro, NC

The “Mother of all modern pre-fab design”



(Alternative address for GPS is 3246 Hanks Chapel Road, Pittsboro)

Hilltop retreat on 9+ acres
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 4 Decks
Info: 919-601-7339 or 919-619-7347

Lifestyle – Bring the Outdoors In!

Wake up to nature’s inspiration every day. Flowing light-filled spaces inside the home and expansive treetop views from every window are sure to expand your horizons. This very private hilltop retreat is on 9  glorious acres with 3 separate walking trails that run along side hundreds of acres of state protected forests. “Happy Trails” lead to Robeson Creek where nature and adventure lovers can canoe or kayak on the Creek or the nearby Haw River, not to mention fishing and boating on nearby Jordan Lake.  Relax and reflect on your choice of 4 separate decks and balconies, or stargaze with a glass of wine by the fireplace on the rooftop deck. Now THIS is heaven.

Hiking & Mtn Biking

Three private hiking trails on the property plus nearby state park trails.

Kayaking & Canoeing

Kayak & canoe on Robeson Creek and the Haw River as well as nearby Jordan Lake


Bike along quiet, rural roads. Chatham 3 Ring Century Bicycle Ride starts nearby


Fishing for crappie or bass is a popular sport at nearby Jordan Lake

Photo Gallery


A detailed write-up of the building of the Original Dwell House was published by Dwell magazine in 2009.  Click here to read that article.

Innovative modern pre-fab homes with excellent design have been built in Europe and Asia for decades.  But at the beginning of the 21st century, there was a dearth of well designed pre-fab homes in the USA. This prompted a 2003 collaborative project between Dwell magazine and Nathan Weiler (the original owner).  Sixteen international architectural firms submitted designs for the 1st Dwell House Design Invitational with the goal of creating a prototype modern pre-fab home. The New York City firm of Resolution: 4 Architecture was awarded the winning design.  The modules were manufactured by Carolina Building Solutions of Salisbury, NC and delivered by flatbed trucks to the hilltop site in Pittsboro. The home was finished in July 2005 with nearly 2,500 visitors attending the initial open house.  Sustainable features include bamboo wood floors, recycled composite deck flooring, and passive solar orientation. The house has been featured extensively in the media and some have stated that the Original Dwell Home may be one of the most recognizable modern houses built in the 21st century.


Why a Pre-Fab House?

“People often ask me “Why prefabrication?” and I make an analogy with automobile production. Cars—whether top-of-the-line BMWs or economical Saturns—are all produced in a factory, thus eliminating the variables that come with an uncontrolled environment and guaranteeing efficiency and standardization in construction. It’s useful to look at the fabrication of houses in the same way. To be sure, there are poorly constructed factory-built homes, just as there are cheap cars. But luxury cars are also factory-built and, as we’ve shown, well-designed homes can be, too.”
Allison Arieff, Dwell magazine, October 19, 2009


(Alternative address for GPS is 3246 Hanks Chapel Road, Pittsboro)


  • 2,121 Sq Ft Living Area
  • 1,854 Additional Sq Ft in 4 decks
  • Red cedar siding
  • Loewen windows
  • Four multi-level decks with Trex decking
  • Exterior steel doors by Neoporte
  • Solid core birch interior doors
  • “Decipher” iridescent curtains by Maharam
  • Artemide’s Logico chandelier
  • Tolomeo wall lamps by Artemide
  • 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths
  • 9+ Hilltop wooded acres
  • Two fireplaces
  • Caearstone ebony countertop
  • Jenn-Air gas range, hood and backsplash
  • Jenn-Air stainless steel refrigerator
  • Jenn-Air dishwasher
  • Kohler Poise sink and faucet
  • Bang & Olufson stereo with inside/outside speakers
  • Fisher and Paykel washer/dryer

Due Diligence Reports Available

  • Well water test
  • Radon inspection
  • Termite inspection
  • Well and septic permits
  • Water inspection
  • Well & Septic inspections
  • Survey
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Shared Road Maintenance Agreement


Original Dwell House Tour

The Original Dwell House is open for tour on October 29th.  Tickets can be purchased from NC Modernist Houses.


Dwell House Tour Tickets

Building The Dwell House

This October 2009 article in Dwell magazine details exactly how the Original Dwell House was built.


Building The Dwell House

Download Documents

Download recent inspections reports including professional home inspection, radon, termite, well & septic reports.


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