The energy efficiency of the house has made it very comfortable through some very extreme weather and our energy bills have been remarkably low. The energy star rating of the home has really paid off. Truly, I haven’t had energy costs this low in 20 years.

Gary Holstein

Maury Hurt

Living Stone Featured in Carolina Home & Garden Magazine

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Challenge of the Century : How to update a 100-year-old house without disturbing an inch of antique charm

Winter 2011 Issue

Visually residing somewhere between a village cottage and a mountain farmhouse, the sharp-gabled Montreat residence owned by Rick and Meredith Harbaugh was built in 1909. Used for many years as a summer home, it features only one add-on, a cluster of rooms accrued in the ’40s. Interestingly, that area is in worse shape than the century-old bulk of the house, according to architect Maury Hurt.

“It’s pretty decrepit. But the rest of the house is in great shape. It’s solidly built; the drainage is good. They really knew what they were doing,” he says, forging another notch for the quality of antique craftsmanship. Continue reading