Local Asheville Builder Named by NAHB as Certified Green Professional of the Year

January 10, 2017

The National Association of Home Builders last night honored 12 individuals who have excelled in teaching NAHB education courses and for their professionalism as NAHB educational designation holders as the Educators and Designees of the Year. The awards were given during the 2017 International Builders‘ Show® held this week in Orlando, Fla.

“These home building industry professionals definitely ‘walk the walk,’” said 2016 NAHB Education Chair William L. Shaw, Jr., GMR, CGR, GMB, CAPS and CGP, a Houston remodeler and NAHB instructor. “These leaders don’t just talk about the importance of education. They also work to stay current and even ahead of industry trends so they can set an example for the home builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who make up our great Federation.”

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Project Wins National Green Building Award

Black Mountain, NC, Living Stone Design + Build project, “Rhodo Reno”, is the overall winner for the Best Renovation in the 2017 National Green Building Awards by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

“The NAHB Green Awards represent the best of the best in green building practices and advocacy efforts, and this year’s group of winners is particularly impressive,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “The demand for green building is growing exponentially, and these honorees are a great example of what can be accomplished in terms of sustainable and energy-efficient building practices.”

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Local Builder Honored with National Design Award – Living Stone Design + Build

Contact: Molly Sullivan-Reeves

Local Builder Honored with National Design Award

Asheville, NC January –A local builder has won a gold award for the One-of-a-Kind Custom Home (2501-3500hsf) category in the 2016 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The Watkins residence (Swannanoa NC) was a collaborative team effort designed by Vinyet Architecture and built by Living Stone Design + Build. The interiors were designed by ID.ology Interiors & Design. The landscaping was created and installed by Gardens for Living.

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Asheville Achievers – Laura Sullivan ID.ology Interior Design

Laura Sullivan is a woman in a man’s world. It started as a child, when she’d accompany her father to job sites, getting her hands dirty throwing materials in the dumpsters in his investment properties. It continued during school, when she combined her passion for art with her experience in real estate to earn a degree in interior design (and a minor in art). Upon graduation from college, Sullivan invested further in that traditionally masculine world, as she received both her real estate broker’s license and her contractors license. 

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NAHB Honors 5 Young Professionals

NAHB has honored five home builders around the country as the 2016 Young Professionals of the Year. The awards were given Monday evening, January 9th in Orlando, Florida, during the NAHB International Builders’ Show. “David Belman, Robert Fallone, Eugene Graf, Sean Sullivan and John Williams are the future of our great industry,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady. “I’m honored to recognize their significant achievements and know they all have many years ahead in which they will continue to shine.” The NAHB Young Professionals Award is designed to acknowledge each of five regional winners’ hard work and successes, performance and dedication, and outstanding potential as they begin to serve as leaders in the home building industry. It is awarded to industry professionals under the age of 45. David Belman is president of Belman Homes in Waukesha, Wisconsin. A member of the Metro Builders Association of Greater Milwaukee, Belman has been elected the 2017president of the Wisconsin Builders Association. His company has won numerous design awards for its Parade of Home entries, was the first builder in the state to make smart home technology a standard feature in all homes and is active in the Make a Wish Foundation, Operation Finally Home and other charitable efforts. Robert Fallone is president of Fallone Group LLC in Somerville, New Jersey and has been named the builder of the year by both his local and state home building associations. He started a Young Professionals group for the Metropolitan Builders & Contractors of New Jersey, and for the state he chaired a task force to create a health benefits trust, enabling New Jersey Builders Association members to obtain health insurance at more competitive rates. Eugene Graf IV is the owner of E.G. Construction in Bozeman, Montana and active in the Southwest Montana Building Industry Association. He has been recognized as builder of the year by his local association, the Montana Building Industry Association and by Montana State University’s construction management program. In 2016, Graf served as chairman of the NAHB national political action committee. Sean Sullivan is president of Living Stone Construction in Black Mountain, North Carolina and his company has been honored with national design awards and for innovation in green building. As president of the Asheville Home Builders Association he oversaw a 30% increase in membership. Sullivan is also past president of the North Carolina builders’ political action committee. John Williams is vice president of construction services for K. Hovnanian Homes’ Houston, Texas division and will lead the Greater Houston Builders Association in 2018. At K. Hovnanian, Williams created an innovative training program for new construction managers that enabled the company to quickly bring new hires up to speed. He is also active in building codes advocacy work to keep homes safe and affordable. Meet the 15 finalists for the award. For additional information about NAHB Young Professionals, contact Sahrah Zarei at 800-368-5242 x8431.

Living Stone Wins Green Design + Build Firm for North Carolina

Living Stone Construction's most recent project has been the renovation of a 110-year-old farmhouse, which perfectly demonstrates the principles behind the Living Stone Difference. We have brought this home into the modern century and tripled its size, whilst retaining as much of the original house as possible. This was very important to our clients, and we made sure that they were included throughout the entire design process. We really managed to infuse the old with the new on this project, by updating older elements of the house but managing to keep the appearance like that of a 1900s farm house. As the wife's family were part Swiss, she was keen to add elements that reflected this into the build; we were happy to accommodate this, and have even included an exterior Swiss oven, much to her delight. We are proud of our client inclusive process, and that it is so different from the old process which involved all parts of the build being undertaken separately which often lead to poor communication. Instead, we sought out people who wanted to partner with us on a regular basis, and brought them to the table to assemble a team for each set of our clients based on their needs and wants. We knew our clients deserved better than the old process, and this is what makes the Living Stone difference. At Living Stone Construction, we strongly believe that if a home is going to be built, it should be done right. It should not only be beautiful and built using high quality materials, but should also be designed deliberately, making effective use of the space available. We also believe that all homes should be as energy efficient as possible; this doesn't mean that you have to spend lots of money on renewables or extras, but it does mean doing the basics right. Our homes are about 50% more efficient than code, as a standard. We have a third party energy rater engaged on every project who works on computer modelling and efficiency design, and who tests and certifies our projects at the end. This not only brings an immediate return on the investment for our clients, it helps improve their overall health. We look forward to partnering with our clients to build happier, healthier lives well into the future.
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