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Getting Creative with your Empty Nest

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Many baby boomers are finally saying goodbye to their adult children, who are moving out of the house and starting the next chapter in their lives. While some empty nesters are excited about this new phase, it can be a stressful time for others as they deal with this time of transition in their lives.

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Sullivan to bring passion to the NCHBA 2015

North Carolina Home Builder magazine WINTER 2014

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Empowerment. That’s what incoming-NCHBA President Sean Sullivan says is going to be a hallmark of his term in 2015. He wants to empower members, local associations and executive officers with the tools they need to continue to keep North Carolina the #1 state in our federation.

North Carolina makes up about 10 percent of the National Association of Home Builders membership, so our state plays a critical and powerful role there. However, Sullivan says he thinks our NCHBA membership is somewhat lethargic, and he wants to reinvigorate the membership in 2015.

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Sullivan Installed as NCHBA President

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The NC Home Builders Association held their 4th Quarter meetings at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. A new slate of officers and regional vice presidents were elected, including the new NCHBA President and were installed in a ceremony that was held the evening of December 2nd. Sean Sullivan, President of Living Stone Construction, based in Black Mountain, NC, was installed as the 2015 NCHBA President.

Sullivan has been building homes in the Western North Carolina area for almost 20 years. While earning his Unlimited Building License and Accredited Master Builder designation, he became the President of the Asheville Home Builders Association in 2008. During his term as president, he oversaw 30% growth of the association. Through the years he has served in many different leadership roles within the local association and then the state association. In 2013, he served as NCHBA Region 10 Vice President before being installed as President-Elect for 2014.

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Simple Steps to Create Positive Energy in Your Home

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If you’re looking for new ideas to refresh your home, consider taking a few steps to boost your home’s positive energy.

Feng shui is the Chinese art of placement, and is based on the premise that people live healthy happy, prosperous lives when they live in harmoniously designed homes.

Feng shui consultant and interior designer Cynthia Chomos says that a few design fixes can even help with the resale of your home.

“A home purchase is one of the biggest and most significant purchases that a consumer will make. It’s where we rejuvenate and our lives flourish,” Chomos said. “Incorporating feng shui allows us to be more conscious and more intentional with the spaces we inhabit.”

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Custom Rockcliff for the Heartz

Heartz color full sizeBill and Rebecca Heartz got everything they wanted in the house that Living Stone Construction built for them. They live in a 4,200-square-foot, three-bedroom house in Southcliff, a luxury community in Fairview that is a 10-minute drive from downtown Asheville. “We wanted a casual house with an elegance to it, sort of a mountain retreat. We feel that we really achieved that,” Rebecca said. “Our home is a very calming place. We’re up in the trees. We get up in the morning and hear the birds sing and look out at the mountains.”

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Tips on Green Design for Your Home: An Interview with Sean Sullivan of Living Stone Construction, Inc

What are the main differences between the process of green building and a regular building project?

“Green” building differentiates itself from traditional building by using a different frame of thought. Green building starts in the planning stages of the project and it never ends, it becomes an extension of philosophy when the clients move in. Green building considers IAQ (Indoor Air Quality), using locally made products/services, and reducing/eliminating unnecessary waste. Statistics show that “Green” homes sell faster and for more money that “Non-green” homes and that people who live in a “Green” home are happier, healthier, and more productive than those that don’t.

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