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10 Times to Hire a Design-Build Firm

10 Times to Hire a Design-Build Firm

10 Times to Hire a Design-Build Firm Here's a great little write-up on Houzz about the virtues of going with a design+build firm. Oh, and we happened to be featured. If you're considering building a new home, these are definitely items to keep in mind. You're spending the money and want to do it the right way the first time. At Living Stone Design+Build, we call it building with no regrets. Wondering if it’s time to hire a design-build firm? Unlike the more traditional path (known as “design, bid, build"), which involves hiring a designer and a builder separately, hiring a design-build firm gives you design and construction services under the same umbrella. Whether led by an architect or a builder, all true design-build firms include both designers and builders at their core. READ MORE  
19 Laundries That Will Make You Want to Stay and Soak

19 Laundries That Will Make You Want to Stay and Soak

Recent Feature on Houzz! Always great when you learn Houzz has featured one of your most recent builds on their site. The laundry room featured is from the Amato Residence. Located in Asheville's Olivette neighborhood, the home overlooks the might French Broad River. That's the same river that flows through the Biltmore Estate. We're listed at #18! From the feature: Laundries. They can be out of sight, out of mind a la European laundries, or celebrated for the contemplative work-horse spaces they are. Here are 19 examples of laundries from all around the world that appeal for their style as much as their functionality.  READ THE ARTICLE        
MERV Ratings and Their Impact on Air Filtration

MERV Ratings and Their Impact on Air Filtration

[et_pb_section fb_built="1" admin_label="section" _builder_version="3.22"][et_pb_row admin_label="row" _builder_version="3.25" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.25" custom_padding="|||" custom_padding__hover="|||"][et_pb_text _builder_version="4.7.7" _module_preset="default" hover_enabled="0" sticky_enabled="0"]MERV Ratings and Their Impact on Air Filtration [/et_pb_text][et_pb_image src="https://www.livingstoneconstruction.com/img/merv-rating-asheville-livingstone-designbuild.png" _builder_version="4.7.7" _module_preset="default"][/et_pb_image][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" _builder_version="4.7.7" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" hover_enabled="0" sticky_enabled="0"]Indoor air quality is one of today's hottest topics when it comes to homebuilding. As homes have become more energy-efficient, they've become tighter envelopes. So, what does that mean for your home's indoor air quality? We came across this great article on NAHB's website. If you're interested in building a green, sustainable home, this is a solid read. As crises such as COVID-19 and wildfires impact the country, chances are more clients are asking about indoor air, health and safety in the home. Many NAHB members are already using various construction techniques, such as active radon mitigation systems and installing low- or no-volatile organic compound (VOC) materials, to set themselves apart in the market and improve indoor air quality (IAQ) in the homes that they build. How can you effectively talk about air filtration and ventilation, particularly when these issues are top of mind for customers during the pandemic? To start, it is important to understand how the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating system for air filters works. MERV ratings range from 1 to 20, with 1 being minimal filtration and 20 being the highest efficiency and maximum filtration on the scale. Ratings are determined by ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 52.2. READ MORE [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]
Radon-Resistant New Construction is a Thing

Radon-Resistant New Construction is a Thing

[et_pb_section fb_built="1" admin_label="section" _builder_version="3.22" custom_padding="51px|||||"][et_pb_row admin_label="row" _builder_version="4.7.6" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.25" custom_padding="|||" custom_padding__hover="|||"][et_pb_text _builder_version="4.7.6" _module_preset="default" hover_enabled="0" sticky_enabled="0"]Radon and Your Home [/et_pb_text][et_pb_image src="https://www.livingstoneconstruction.com/img/Untitled-design-4-copy-4.png" _builder_version="4.7.6" _module_preset="default" hover_enabled="0" sticky_enabled="0" title_text="radon-new-construction-living-stone-asheville"][/et_pb_image][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" _builder_version="4.7.6" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"]We wanted to share with you this article from the EPA on radon and what you need to know. Plus, learn how radon-resistant features in new homes are helping to save lives.  Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas found in soil and rock. It seeps into homes through cracks in the foundation, walls and joints. In some parts of the country, groundwater can be a major source of radon. All homes should be tested for radon. Learn more about radon in groundwater and drinking water. Among non-smokers, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Lung cancer due to radon exposure claims about 21,000 U.S. lives annually, based on EPA estimates. More information about radon exposure and lung cancer. In many cases lung cancer can be prevented; this is especially true for radon-related lung cancer. Using common materials and straightforward techniques, builders can construct new homes that are resistant to radon entry. To read the rest of the article, click here. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]
Fresh Air Design Options for Post-COVID-19 Market

Fresh Air Design Options for Post-COVID-19 Market

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

Living Stone Named Most Innovative Sustainable Home Builder in North Carolina

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.