FEATURE: Customer Builder Online It's not very often a national builder magazine reaches out to you to discuss a barn. Then again, this isn't your typical barn. What started as a place for our client to store his "toys" ended up being one of our most asked about projects. We've had people reach out to us from all over the country about the hobby barn. Customer Builder Online reached out to us recently for a Design Spotlight on the man barn. The space is multi-functional with room for bikes and cars, as well as an upstairs loft space. To see the entire hobby barn, you'll find it here.
Fresh Air Design Options for Post COVID-19 Market Feeling like you need a little more nature in your life? So is everyone else. Outdoor spaces are more important than ever. Not only are they an extension of your home, but they also make your home feel even larger. But you don't have to take our word for it. Below is an article from the National Association of Home Builders. Adding outdoor amenities to living space has been increasingly popular for several years. The demand for outdoor living space is especially strong for millennials and baby boomers, and driving innovations for both renters and homeowners. As communities continue to address the public health concerns of COVID-19, studies have indicated that outdoor transmission is rare — making outdoor amenities an important consideration for people seeking respite from the coronavirus. READ MORE
Living Stone Named Most Innovative Sustainable Home Builder in North Carolina We’re pleased to announce we’ve been named the “Most Innovative Sustainable Home Building Firm in North Carolina” by BUILD magazine’s 2020 Design and Build Awards. Given by BUILD magazine, a quarterly digital publication dedicated to the construction and property markets, the award recognizes work done within the green building industry. It highlights the people who work tirelessly to ensure the global community decreases its collective carbon footprint. Today, thanks to advancements in construction technology, sustainable building is transforming the industry. “It’s an honor and, honestly, a huge credit to our people and our trade partners. I believe we have the Southeast’s best team building homes for our clients,” says Sean Sullivan, president of Living Stone Design + Build. “With sustainable building really taking off in the Asheville area, we believe 2020 will be our best year yet,” says Sullivan. “People are beginning to understand that sustainable means better. Not just for the environment, but it’s a healthier home.” We spend 87% of our time indoors. So what we choose to build our houses with makes a big impact on our health. We breathe these items on a daily basis. In the same way, you may choose to buy organic produce. Our building process has that same effect on your long term health. For nearly 25 years, Living Stone Design + Build has been crafting award-winning homes across the Asheville, NC, area. Known for their attention-to-detail, transparency and strong client relationships, Living Stone heads into 2020 as one of the region's premier design/build firms.
As most of you know from our designs and builds, we love bringing nature into a home. We're big believers in biophilic design. This philosophy is about people being closer to nature. Of course, sometimes it's easier said than done. Here's a great post from our friends at the NAHB. Good ideas on giving nature space in your home. People are attracted to nature, and growing evidence suggests that interacting with nature makes people happier and healthier. But with an average of 90% of our time spent indoors, it is easy to feel disconnected. Bringing nature inside the home with specifically targeted design elements can resonate with and draw in potential home buyers and remodeling clients. A sunroom is a traditional indoor space designed to make you feel like you are outdoors. Think about how you feel when you are in a home’s sunroom — do you feel calmer and happier? Studies have shown that views of nature trigger more pleasure receptors in our brains than non-nature scenes. READ MORE