A Custom Rockcliff for the Parks in Southcliff

RMP_0715_6_7_8Joe and Shari Parks had the good fortune to be able to retire wherever they wanted. But they were very particular about the company they chose to build their house.
They picked Living Stone Construction, largely on its reputation in Southcliff, the gated community in which they chose to build.

Southcliff, a gated community south of Asheville with dozens of acres of preserved forestland, relies on a few select contractors to build homes that look like they’ve sprung organically from their settings. One of those preferred builders is Living Stone Construction, an award-winning company that designs energy-efficient, green homes that enable residents to live at home far into their years.

At the time they met Living Stone, the Parks were living in Oklahoma in a beautiful 1920s house that they remodeled in 1980. They loved the home but were only partly satisfied with the renovations – “you never get everything you want in a remodel,” Joe said. So they were extra cautious in selecting the builder for the first new home they’d ever had.

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Custom Alexandra for Christine Dowd

Alexandra model in Thoms EstateChristine Dowd knew what she didn’t want in a house. She didn’t want what she had, which was a house she’d built whose finishes were so rough she ripped a sweater on a door frame.
What she wanted was a beautiful new house in Thoms Estate, a north Asheville enclave of good taste and friendliness that had a couple of lots she liked. She was out there looking at them one day when a couple who lived beside one of the lots invited her in to look at the home that Living Stone Construction had built for them. Christine loved it (and she loved the couple).
“They graciously showed me around their home,” she said. “They loved their house. It was so well designed. You could tell that someone had taken a lot of time to get all the details right. When I walked out of their beautiful home, even though I’d contemplated other builders, I’d made up my mind to go with Living Stone.”
And so Christine, recently retired as a presenter for Apple, went to see Sean Sullivan at Living Stone Construction, a builder of green and energy-efficient homes whose work continues to win awards for design, function and price points.

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Mountain Modern in WNC

Watkins poolSarah Watkins knew what kind of house she wanted to build. She just had to find the kind of builder who would love the challenge of creating it as much as she did.

She and husband Casey found the builder they wanted in Living Stone Construction and its president, Sean Sullivan.

“The thing about Sean was that when I presented what I wanted in our home, he loved it,” Sarah said. “It was a bit different from some other projects he had done.”

Sarah had spent a year and a half putting her family home near Asheville together in her mind. Picking up just about every architectural magazine available, she knew enough about what she wanted that she sketched it all out. She knew the textures, finishes and ambience she wanted in the home.

She and Casey visited several builders in the Asheville area. Living Stone was among the last they visited, and they were immediately impressed by the company’s approach, plan and thoughtfulness. They liked that Sean took them to Living Stone job sites to see not only the houses under construction but also the process by which Living Stone built them. They liked that the owners loved the homes Living Stone had built for them.

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Mountain Rustic Modern Home – Award Winner!

Mountain Rustic Modern Home – Award Winner!

Click here to see the full gallery of this home! Sarah Watkins knew what kind of house she wanted to build. She just had to find the kind of builder who would love the challenge of creating it as much as she did. She and husband Casey found the builder they wanted in Living Stone Construction and its president, Sean Sullivan. “The thing about Sean was that when I presented what I wanted in our home, he loved it,” Sarah said. “It was a bit different from some other projects he had done.” Sarah had spent a year and a half putting her family home near Asheville together in her mind. Picking up just about every architectural magazine available, she knew enough about what she wanted that she sketched it all out. She knew the textures, finishes and ambience she wanted in the home. She and Casey visited several builders in the Asheville area. Living Stone was among the last they visited, and they were immediately impressed by the company’s approach, plan and thoughtfulness. They liked that Sean took them to Living Stone job sites to see not only the houses under construction but also the process by which Living Stone built them. They liked that the owners loved the homes Living Stone had built for them. “We never heard one bad thing about Sean,” Sarah said. “Living Stone has an extremely good reputation.” Sarah especially liked that Laura Sullivan, Sean’s wife and the company’s interior designer, presented her with a host of options for each room, all devised to help the couple stay within their budget. “Once we reached that point of putting a room together, Laura considered our loan amount and how much of it applied to each room,” Sarah said. “She pointed out tile patterns and faucets and sinks, with each piece itemized. She was right on the same page as me as far as the style I like. Without her, it would have been extremely overwhelming to be told to go pick out your tile and stuff. You walk into a tile store, and there are 3,000 tiles to select from. With Laura, you don’t waste a lot of time.” The building process was “fairly stress-free, I have to say,” Sarah said. Living Stone’s foreman talked to the couple nearly every day to solicit their thoughts and decisions, to suggest some of his own and to keep them current with the construction. Laura worked in tandem with the foreman to get the couple’s choices and selections to the job site on time for installation. Sarah and Living Stone collaborated on what she calls a Mountain Rustic Modern home. With three bedrooms and two and a half baths, the 3,500-square-foot house has a private master suite and a roomy open floor plan. Huge sliding glass doors open to allow the outdoors indoors. When the couple needs even more fresh air, Sarah and Casey can step out onto their patio. Awaiting them there is an outdoor living room that Living Stone rendered exactly to Sarah’s meticulously thought-out plans. The pool there is a refreshing break from sultry summer days, while the covered poolside sitting area with contained kitchen is a pleasant place to spend the evening hours. The whole house looks modern but not overly so. It has warmth, Sarah said, a term that also describes her dealings with Living Stone and especially Laura who helped her find the finishes, textures and appliances she wanted in the home. Living Stone’s process worked beautifully for Sarah and her husband, she said. “With Sean and Laura’s design-and-build business model, we knew exactly what was going on,” Sarah said. “It was helpful as far as keeping us on point for the amount we’d budgeted for each part of the house. It was very transparent and reasonable to me, more so than with other builders. We knew what we were getting.” Living Stone’s process delivered what Sean said it would on an agreed-upon timeframe, without expensive surprises, Sarah said, expressing delight. “It gave us some peace of mind,” she said. “Building can be stressful. You put the money thing on top of all the details of building, and that puts a lot of strain on people. Living Stone took a lot of the guesswork out of it. “It was a fun process for us. It really was,” Sarah said.

Ten years in a Living Stone home and still thrilled

To look at Peggy and Bill Scheu’s house, you’d think it was nearly new. But it’s not, and the Scheus credit its handsomeness to the skill and materials that Living Stone Construction used when it built their Montreat residence nine years ago. Today, the house is as durable as it is beautiful.
“We designed it with that in mind,” Peggy said at home recently. “The planning was carefully done.”
“The quality of the work is just superb,” Bill said.
With seven grandchildren and a growing family, Bill and Peggy Scheu (pronounced “Shy”) built the home with elegant endurance in mind. Working with Living Stone CEO Sean Sullivan, Peggy and Bill chose finish materials and a style of home that could stand up to the rambunctious family gatherings that happen especially during summer, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“This is really become the gathering place for the family,” Bill said, chuckling softly. A house like that needs to hold up, and the Scheu residence has done just that, looking as beautiful as it did the day Sullivan handed the Jacksonville, Florida couple the keys.
The Treehouse – the Scheus’ name for their house – looks as if it hasn’t aged a bit. With four bedrooms and five bathrooms, as well as lots of outdoor living space in the deck and the screened porch, the 3,600-square-foot house is fit enough to keep up with the youngest grandchildren.
“We’re very pleased with the way it works for our family,” Peggy said.

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Ten years in a Living Stone home and still thrilled

montreat homeTo look at Peggy and Bill Scheu’s house, you’d think it was brand new. But it’s not, and the Scheus credit its handsomeness to the skill and materials that Living Stone Construction used when it built their Montreat residence over nine years ago. Today, the house is as durable as it is beautiful.
“We designed it with that in mind,” Peggy said at home recently. “The planning was carefully done.”
“The quality of the work is just superb,” Bill said.

With seven grandchildren and a growing family, Bill and Peggy Scheu (pronounced “Shy”) built the home with elegant endurance in mind. Working with Living Stone President Sean Sullivan, Peggy and Bill chose finish materials and a style of home that could stand up to the rambunctious family gatherings that happen especially during summer, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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