Sid and Donna Trapp – French Country in the WNC Mountains

Sid and Donna Trapp had dreamed up their ideal home long before they contacted Living Stone Construction. “We wanted the perfect home to retire in, and we had come up with a lot of ideas over a number of years,” says Sid. “It was important to hire someone who could understand and support our vision. “I was intrigued by the design-build concept, so we were specifically looking for a design-build firm. We received lots of recommendations for Living Stone, and after meeting with Sean, we knew they were the right choice.” The Trapps were clear with Sean about their goals from the beginning. “We wanted a green build,” says Donna. “An environmentally-friendly home was important to us. We also wanted an aging-in-place design so that our home would be accessible to anyone, regardless of age or abilities.” “Sean showed us available plans,” recalls Sid. “But we wanted to start from scratch. And he was able to accommodate us. We worked with Living Stone’s wonderful architect, John Petri. He’s a visionary, and a true multifaceted thinker. Without his involvement, none of this would have been possible.” Living Stone built a sprawling, 4000 square-foot, single-level home on the Trapp’s eight acres of land. The home features a universal aging-in-place design, with a wide-open floor plan and extra-wide doors to accommodate anyone of any ability. For energy efficiency, the home features radiant floor heating and solar panels. “The house has a platinum rating of 17,” says Sid. “That’s not very common. It’s about the best you can get.” The house also features large, vaulted ceilings with custom timber work; folding doors for seamless indoor/outdoor summer living; expansive gathering spaces perfect for entertaining large groups; and a large, eight-burner stovetop for whipping up gourmet meals. “My husband is quite the chef,” says Donna. The home’s style is a unique fusion between Western North Carolina and French Country styles. “We have traveled to France, and we just loved the French Country style,” reflects Donna. “It’s so cozy and charming. Laura from IDOlogy really helped us pull the design together. She kept us on track, and let us know at every stage what had to be done next. She gave us design tips, and hooked us up with the right vendors.” “We had a very solid idea of what we wanted,” adds Sid. “She really respected that. She didn’t try to steer us toward her own ideas. She helped us with research, planning, and coordination. She made that part of the process enjoyable.” Sid found the whole building process surprisingly pleasant. “Donna comes from a long line of builders. I had never built a house before, so I didn’t know what to expect. I had heard that it could be very stressful. But we had the opposite experience, thanks to everyone we worked with. Michael Bates, the superintendent, was a joy to be around. He answered calls promptly, and was very professional. “Sean is very diligent and careful about the people he selects to work on his homes, and it shows. They’re just good people all the way around. It took 1½ years to build our house. But we developed real friendships with Sean and his team that have lasted until today. It was an extremely positive experience, and we would happily recommend Living Stone to anyone.”
The Ava Simone for the Barbers in The Settings of Black Mountain

The Ava Simone for the Barbers in The Settings of Black Mountain

     Jim and Linda Barber had two homes; a condo on the coast, and a cabin in the mountains. When they decided to downsize to one home, they chose the mountains as their permanent residence. They loved their cabin, but it was too small and too remote to meet their needs. So they opted to build a new home, in an ideal location.      “We wanted something that reminded us of our cabin,” notes Jim. “Something that was rustic, with wood accents and stone. Something that fit into the mountain style.”      “We also wanted a location that was close to health care, fitness centers, and activities,” adds Linda. “We decided on Black Mountain. It’s a wonderful community and a lovely town—it has everything we were looking for.”      The couple met Sean early on in the building process. “We just though he was great,” recalls Jim. “So invested, and so helpful. It took us a year and a half to find the right spot, and he came with us to look at property after property.” They were also happy to find someone so well-versed in mountain design. “It’s a more involved and more complicated process,” observes Linda. “He really had the expertise we needed.”      The Barbers were pleased with the building process from the start. “Sean has a ‘semi-custom' option,” says Linda. “Meaning, you can choose from one of his plans, but adapt it to suit your needs. And that’s what we did. We ended up with a great floor plan that works for our lifestyle, and has the aging-in-place design that we wanted.”      When it came to the Living Stone building process, two main elements stood out to the Barbers. The first: quality. “We were so impressed with the quality of materials, the quality of construction, quality of management.” says Jim. “Sean has great partnerships—he uses excellent subcontractors who do excellent work.”      The Barbers were also delighted with Living Stone’s attention to detail. “They just thought of everything,” says Linda. “For instance, they realized that the washer and dryer weren’t going to fit into the laundry room early enough to be able to change the dimensions of the space.”      “They were so on top of things,” adds Jim. “There were never any surprises. I mean, building in the mountains is never going to go completely smoothly. But when they encountered problems, they advised us immediately, and were ready with two or three solutions. Even though we were managing the build long -distance, we always felt like we were up-to-date. They contacted us every week, and gave us a software program we could use to monitor their progress.      “They also took the time to get everything just right. They have a guy who’s just a finisher. His job is to come in and tie up all of the loose ends—hang things, tighten things, screw things in.”      “And then there was IDology,” Linda continues. “They helped make the house into a home by adding all of these wonderful design details, and they ensured that the process went smoothly. We never would have ended up with such a great result if we had attempted to handle the design details on our own.”      The Barbers are currently settling into their new abode, and couldn’t be happier about it. “The process just went so well,” says Linda. “It’s a perfect home for us. And our little doggies.”
Sean Sullivan with Living Stone Design + Build Elected as Chairman for NAHB’s Design Committee for 2018

Sean Sullivan with Living Stone Design + Build Elected as Chairman for NAHB’s Design Committee for 2018

For Immediate Release: Sean Sullivan with Living Stone Design + Build Elected as Chairman for NAHB’s Design Committee for 2018 Company Contact: Molly Sullivan 
Company Name: Living Stone Design + Build Contact Phone Number: 828.669.4343
 Contact E-mail: Website URL: On January 8th, during the International Builder Show in Orlando Florida, the NAHB held their Design Committee meeting where Sean Sullivan was elected as the Chairman for 2018. Sean is the president of the local homebuilding firm, Living Stone Design + Build of Black Mountain. NAHB members count on the Design Committee to help them understand important design trends and solutions and to provide expertise on enhancing the sale of their homes and developments. The Design Committee provides a distinct service to NAHB members through an array of products and services that help home builders strengthen their businesses. It also promotes public awareness of new and effective design solutions and increases communication and interaction between designers and builders. The Design committee is also responsible for reviewing patent applications for pending technology. Living Stone Design + Build has become one of the top green building firms in the region with its national awards and most recent “Green Professional of the Year” recognition. Living Stone has been crafting award-winning custom homes that exceed clients' expectations for over 20 years. The synergy of their Six Levels of Service, which include a proven process, strategic partnerships and an artful attention to client’s comfort delivers dream-worthy homes to families and couples seeking a happier, healthier life in the mountains.

First Friday, January 5, 2018

The first Friday of the month Living Stone volunteers at different local ministries. Last Friday we had the privilege of helping Western Carolina Rescue Ministries project called "Abba's House". Abba's House will be a perinatal substance abuse residential recovery facility. Our superintendent Frank Turchi's wife Beckey Grindle Turchi is the director for this awesome ministry. We know great things will happen here and many lives will be affected and changed! [gallery ids="17574,17575,17576,17577,17578,17579,17580,17581,17582,17583,17584,17585,17586"]
221 View Ridge Parkway, Leicester NC 28748

221 View Ridge Parkway, Leicester NC 28748

Community: Blue Mist Farms – 11 Farm Cove Lane, Leicester NC 28759
Status: Land/Home Package
Price: starting at $487,000
Contact: Heather Wheatley 828.335.0735

Gorgeous, craftsman pre-construction home by award winning Living Stone Construction in Asheville’s hidden gem: Blue Mist Farms! This universally designed home boasts a quaint craftsman architectural feel and is also incredibly energy efficient construction. It works well for families of all size & ages. Open floor plan, 9′ ceilings, Energy Star rated, NC Green Built! BMF features pool, clubhouse, tennis court, breathtaking views for miles and less than 20 minutes to downtown AVL! Must see!

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