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Small Business Leader of the Year

Small Business Leader of the Year

[et_pb_section fb_built="1" disabled_on="off|off|off" admin_label="Title Mobile" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" z_index="0" custom_padding="34px|16px|10px|16px|false|true" locked="off" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_row column_structure="1_2,1_2" _builder_version="4.9.0" _module_preset="default" background_enable_color="off" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="4.8.2" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_text admin_label="Title" module_class="chronospro-heading green-heading" _builder_version="4.10.7" background_layout="dark" module_alignment="left" custom_margin="18px||15px|||" border_style="solid" locked="off" global_colors_info="{}"]AVL Chamber of Commerce[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Subtitle" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" text_orientation="center" global_colors_info="{}"]Small Business Leader of the Year[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" header_font="QuestaGrande Reg|300|||||||" header_text_color="#7BADB6" header_font_size="42px" header_3_font="QuestaGrande Reg||||||||" header_3_text_color="#7BADB6" header_3_font_size="48px" text_orientation="center" global_colors_info="{}"]In June 2021, Sean Sullivan received the Small Business Leader of the Year Award for Living Stone Design + Build. Sean is also the co-owner of Atelier Maison & Co. with Laura Sullivan of ID.ology Interiors & Design. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_video src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV2CiOBMhOU&list=PLnzfQe3LnwxXUAzpCJJnHoKuqIFpgGkb4" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][/et_pb_video][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure="1_2,1_2" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_image src="https://www.livingstoneconstruction.com/img/DSC8771-3.jpg" title_text="_DSC8771 (3)" disabled_on="on|on|off" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_text _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"]These awards from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce recognize two individuals who clearly reflect quality and dedication to the operation of business in the Asheville area and provide leadership accomplishments including innovation, initiative and civic responsiveness. Sean received the award for businesses of 15 employees or more, while the other award for fewer than 15 employees went to Michael Murphy of Platinum Group.“Quality is the foundation of every great company,” says Sean “and really, quality can be broken down into two aspects: product and service.” [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure="1_2,1_2" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_text _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"] As sister companies, Atelier Maison & Co, ID.ology Interiors and Design, and Living Stone are built upon the same mission: exceed clients’ expectations by creating happier, healthier homes.Community is also extremely important. “We like to take that mission from our culture and extend it into our community, and we do that through our First Friday Ministries”On the first friday of every month, the Living Stone team spends an afternoon helping either WNC Rescue Ministries, Black Mtn Home for Children, or Bounty and Soul. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_image src="https://www.livingstoneconstruction.com/img/first-friday-living-stone-design-build.png" title_text="first-friday-living-stone-design-build" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]
STARS Awards – North Carolina Home Builders Association

STARS Awards – North Carolina Home Builders Association

[et_pb_section fb_built="1" disabled_on="off|off|off" admin_label="Title Mobile" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" z_index="0" custom_padding="34px|16px|10px|16px|false|true" locked="off" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_row column_structure="1_2,1_2" _builder_version="4.9.0" _module_preset="default" background_enable_color="off" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="4.8.2" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_text admin_label="Title" module_class="chronospro-heading green-heading" _builder_version="4.6.6" background_layout="dark" module_alignment="left" custom_margin="18px||15px|||" hover_enabled="0" border_style="solid" locked="off" global_colors_info="{}" sticky_enabled="0"]STARS Awards[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Subtitle" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" text_orientation="center" global_colors_info="{}"]NC Home Builders Association[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" header_font="QuestaGrande Reg|300|||||||" header_text_color="#7BADB6" header_font_size="42px" header_3_font="QuestaGrande Reg||||||||" header_3_text_color="#7BADB6" header_3_font_size="48px" text_orientation="center" global_colors_info="{}"]Living Stone Design + Build took home several awards presented by The North Carolina Home Builders Association at the annual STARS Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown.  The STARS Awards program honors the achievements of home building industry professionals from across North Carolina.    [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_image src="https://www.livingstoneconstruction.com/img/nchba_stars_aawards-4-1.png" title_text="nchba_stars_aawards-4 (1)" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure="1_2,1_2" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_image src="https://www.livingstoneconstruction.com/img/messages_0-10-1.jpeg" title_text="messages_0 (10) (1)" disabled_on="on|on|off" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_text _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"]Most notably, Sean Sullivan received Distinguished Builder Member of the Year. “I’m so grateful for my team who stepped up to meet and exceed the challenges of exponential growth that we saw last year” said Sean of his award. Chartered in 1963, the North Carolina Home Builders Association is a trade association consisting of builder and associate member-firms and a network of local builder associations and chapters throughout North Carolina. NCHBA comprises the many thousands of hard working men and women who pool information and efforts to provide the collective clout and muscle the home building industry needs. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure="1_2,1_2" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_text _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"]Living Stone Design + Build also received:Best Humanitarian Member ProjectSingle Family Custom Home Between 4,001 to 6,000 square feetBest Sustainable Project - for Atelier Maison & Co.Best Print Marketing CampaignBest brochure newsletter marketing piece for a builder, developer or realty companyLiving Stone Design + Build is Asheville’s leading sustainable, green custom home builder. We have been building custom homes for over 25 years, and along the way have perfected the process of building healthier happier homes for our clients.Sean Sullivan is co-owner of Atelier Maison & Co. with his wife Laura Sullivan, owner of ID.ology Interiors & Design[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][et_pb_image src="https://www.livingstoneconstruction.com/img/nchba_stars_aawards-3-copy.jpg" title_text="nchba_stars_aawards-3 copy" _builder_version="4.10.7" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]
Why Building In The Mountains Takes So Long

Why Building In The Mountains Takes So Long

Why Building In The Mountains Takes So Long   MANY PEOPLE DREAM OF BUILDING A HOME IN THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS, AND NO WONDER. The seclusion, the exceptional views, the tranquility, and the direct connection to nature make the area an idyllic place to live. However, prospective homeowners are often surprised to find that building in the mountains is a longer and more complex process than building elsewhere. Sean Sullivan, owner of Living Stone Design + Build, has built hundreds of homes in and around Asheville, and he knows all too well the delays this specific locale can create, and the reasons why.   RULES AND REGULATIONS  Many of the delays in building mountain homes occur in the planning stages. “There are a lot of municipal rules and regulations to contend with,” Sean observes. “In addition to those, the planned communities we build in have rules and review boards we have to comply with.” “Because we build custom homes, there’s a complex sequence to the whole process. We have to design the home, evaluate preconstruction services, and submit plans for approval. We need to get permits for septics, wells, retaining walls, and the site design. It’s a lot of legwork. We can’t start construction until everything is approved.”   SLOPING LAND The most significant cause for the delay on the construction end of any project is a sloped lot. “Building on a slope creates several different challenges,” Sean explains. “Parking can be an issue; sometimes there’s insufficient room for materials on the lot, so you have to shuffle things around. A sloped lot means the back of the house might be 20, 30, 40, or sometimes even 60 feet off the ground. When you have guys installing windows and siding at that height, safety is a significant issue. We have to go slowly and ensure that we’re taking all of the appropriate precautions.”   SOIL SURPRISES When it comes to mountain building, the very soil itself can cause delays. “Sometimes we’ll excavate and find organic matter, like trees for example, have been buried in the lot, whether due to development issues or a natural landslide. Sometimes we’ll find rock, an underground spring, or alluvial soils, which are loose soils deposited by moving water. If we find any of these things, we need to excavate and replace them with gravel. There’s no way to know if these types of issues are there until we excavate, and correcting them takes thoughtful planning.” The great news is, if you’re willing to invest the time, money, and patience, you can have your dream home, no matter which way your lot slopes. “Every lot is buildable,” says Sean. “It’s just a matter of cost, engineering...and sometimes out-of-the-box thinking!”   MORE NEWS/BLOGS      
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  
10 Times to Hire a Design-Build Firm

Recent Feature in NAHB’s Best in American Living

  Funny how one home can get so much attention. Over the years, the Campbell residence has garnered national accolades. And to be honest, it's humbling to stumble upon this feature in NAHB's Best in American Living. We feel incredibly lucky to build wonderful homes for people like the Campbells. With any project, a lot of hands touched this home. From ID.ology Design & Interiors to our dedicated trade partners, everyone helped bring this project to life.   Splendor Living in the North Carolina Mountains When Scott and Starla Campbell decided to build a new home, they had a very specific vision in mind. They wanted to create a luxurious and comfortable space, in a contemporary mountain style. And, they wanted a design that suited their unique lifestyle.  The couple commissioned Living Stone Construction for the job, and never looked back.  “With Living Stone, you get a home that’s specifically made for your family’s needs and tastes.  It’s tailored to you exactly,” Starla explains.  The Campbells had several practical requirements. They both work from home, so they needed a designated work space for each of them. Living Stone gave each of them an office designed for their specific work habits. But, they also went above and beyond. “We both move around the house as we work,” notes Starla. “They gave us the freedom and flexibility we were looking for by creating several comfortable work space options throughout the house, including outdoors.” KEEP READING  
Living Stone Sets Benchmark with Safety

Living Stone Sets Benchmark with Safety

Living Stone Sets Benchmark with Safety Safety isn't usually something you think about when you're looking to build a home, but it says a lot about your builder. And to be quite honest, job safety is something we pride ourselves on. The National Association of Home Builders recently featured us in an article on safety.  Sean Sullivan AMB, CGP, CAPS, BGRE is no stranger to home building awards and certifications. His company, Living Stone Design + Build, near Asheville, N.C., has won home design, green building, young professional and many other types of awards from NAHB, the North Carolina HBA, Houzz and others, including the 2018 SAFE Award for Single-Family Builder Safety Program of the Year. As his green custom home building company grew, adding more employees and more job sites, Sullivan knew he needed to turn his attention to safety. Superintendents managed Living Stone’s safety program, and while there were no problems, Sullivan wanted to be proactive. Read More