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Low Maintenance

Building a low-maintenance home takes a lot of thought, experience, and a dedication to doing things right. Just because a builder says he uses “hardie siding”, doesn’t mean that he will build you a low-maintenance home. We have worked for years to put together the right recipe with a combination of products, vendors, and specific application practices that create the perfect solution for our clients. Enjoy the posts below to see our promises turn into action.

Elijah Klepac

Elijah Klepac

ABOUT LIVING STONE | MEET OUR TEAM | ELIJAH KLEPACElijah Klepac Construction SalesEli facilitates in establishing client relations and connecting with leads, as well as assisting in guiding clients through the initial building process. Graduating from Liberty...

85 Emerald Necklace Drive

85 Emerald Necklace Drive

DESIGN + BUILD | SEMI-CUSTOM HOMES85 Emerald Necklace Dr lot #412 in AshevilleListing Price: $2,200,000 Community: Asheville Proposed new contemporary home by Living Stone Design + Build. In a central section of The Ramble Biltmore Forest, a gated community on...

Is it Better to Buy a Plan or Design Custom?

Is it Better to Buy a Plan or Design Custom?

Is it Better to Buy a Plan or Design Custom? Read this Before You Decide Should you buy a ready-made plan for constructing your new home? It depends. Sean Sullivan reviews a client's custom home blueprintCut and Paste If you have a large lot that doesn’t have...

How Important is Indoor Air Quality?

How Important is Indoor Air Quality?

Green Certifications Part 2 (Read part 1 here) Homebuyers today are increasingly concerned about the indoor air quality of their homes. Issues like mold, radon, carbon monoxide and toxic chemicals have received greater attention than ever as poor indoor air quality...

Should I Go Green?

Should I Go Green?

Green Certifications Part 1 (Read part 2 here) Today many builders and home buyers are concerned about preserving the environment. With increased attention on the condition of our planet, “green building” has become a sought after choice for homeowners, especially in...

How To Plan Your Forever Home

How To Plan Your Forever Home

Aging In Place If you ask someone who is ready to build a new home, they will often tell you that “This is the last home I will ever build. They will have to bury me in the back yard.” If you’re building a forever home, it’s always a good idea to consider designing...

Resources for Radon-Resistant Construction

Resources for Radon-Resistant Construction

How to Ensure Your Home is Radon-ResistantRadon is a naturally occurring odorless, colorless gas and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. Nearly 1 out of 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have...

Top 12 Mistakes Made by Homeowners

Top 12 Mistakes Made by Homeowners

Building a Quality Custom Home Mistakes are Unavoidable. I've made a few myself, I’ve learned a lot from them, and I want to share that knowledge. This blog post is a chapter from my book Building a Quality Custom Home. It‘s meant to help homeowners through the entire...

25 Days of Giving

25 Days of Giving And an Anniversary Party25 Days of Giving And an Anniversary PartyThis year we are celebrating 25 years in business! We'll be celebrating by giving back, and showing our gratitude for our clients and partners with our Anniversary Party.To celebrate...

25 Days of Giving

25 Days of Giving

And an Anniversary Party To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we've chosen 25 charities, and will be donating to one per day for 25 days leading up to our Anniversary Party. Our Anniversary Party will be an opportunity for us to honor our past and current clients, and...

How Important is Indoor Air Quality?

How Important is Indoor Air Quality?

Green Certifications Part 2 (Read part 1 here) Homebuyers today are increasingly concerned about the indoor air quality of their homes. Issues like mold, radon, carbon monoxide and toxic chemicals have received greater attention than ever as poor indoor air quality...

Should I Go Green?

Should I Go Green?

Green Certifications Part 1 (Read part 2 here) Today many builders and home buyers are concerned about preserving the environment. With increased attention on the condition of our planet, “green building” has become a sought after choice for homeowners, especially in...

Resources for Radon-Resistant Construction

Resources for Radon-Resistant Construction

How to Ensure Your Home is Radon-ResistantRadon is a naturally occurring odorless, colorless gas and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. Nearly 1 out of 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have...

Radon Infographics

Radon Infographics

All About RadonDid you know radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause among non-smokers? It's odorless and colorless too, so testing is the only way to find out if your home has radon. Below you will find some information that can help...

Sean’s Why

Sean’s Why

My Why by Sean SullivanSean Sullivan shares insight into the driving force that's kept our company on track through the years of growth from the ground up.My Why by Sean SullivanSean Sullivan shares insight into the driving force that's kept our company on track...

Eight Principles of a Healthy Home

Eight Principles of a Healthy Home

Keep it DRY Damp homes provide an environment for dust mites, roaches, rodents and molds. All of these can cause or worsen asthma. In addition, moisture can damage the building materials in your home. Keep it CLEAN Clean homes reduce pest infestation and exposures to...

This House Smells -The Dangers and Opportunities that IAQ Present in Homebuilding

This House Smells -The Dangers and Opportunities that IAQ Present in Homebuilding


“This house smells…different than the rest. Actually, it doesn’t really have a smell?!” said Mrs. Lee as she walked into the Parade of Homes entry I was manning last year. Mrs. Lee, like many other visitors in years past, noticed what most builders are missing across the country, the fact that IAQ is important.

I had the privilege, two years ago, of sitting in a research lab think tank with seven other top builders from across the nation. The question was posed to us “What is the greatest concern that you have about the homes that you are building today”? Each builder at the table said that they were concerned about building homes so tight that they might be poisoning the people that move into them. When they got to me, I was dumbfounded by their answers and had to ask my own question, “Are you using a rater”?

Local Asheville Builder Named by NAHB as Certified Green Professional of the Year

Local Asheville Builder Named by NAHB as Certified Green Professional of the Year


January 10, 2017

The National Association of Home Builders last night honored 12 individuals who have excelled in teaching NAHB education courses and for their professionalism as NAHB educational designation holders as the Educators and Designees of the Year. The awards were given during the 2017 International Builders‘ Show® held this week in Orlando, Fla.

“These home building industry professionals definitely ‘walk the walk,’” said 2016 NAHB Education Chair William L. Shaw, Jr., GMR, CGR, GMB, CAPS and CGP, a Houston remodeler and NAHB instructor. “These leaders don’t just talk about the importance of education. They also work to stay current and even ahead of industry trends so they can set an example for the home builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who make up our great Federation.”

Project Wins National Green Building Award

Project Wins National Green Building Award

Black Mountain, NC, Living Stone Design + Build project, “Rhodo Reno”, is the overall winner for the Best Renovation in the 2017 National Green Building Awards by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

“The NAHB Green Awards represent the best of the best in green building practices and advocacy efforts, and this year’s group of winners is particularly impressive,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “The demand for green building is growing exponentially, and these honorees are a great example of what can be accomplished in terms of sustainable and energy-efficient building practices.”

Expert Interview Series: Sean Sullivan of Living Stone Construction About the Appeal and Durability of Green Homes

Expert Interview Series: Sean Sullivan of Living Stone Construction About the Appeal and Durability of Green Homes

Sean Sullivan, the president of Living Stone Construction, is an award-winning builder who specializes in designing and building high-performance green homes in Asheville, North Carolina. We recently spoke with Sean to learn more about today’s green homes and why they are becoming more popular among home buyers.

Tell us a bit about your background. Why did you decide to concentrate on building green homes?

My father was a fighter pilot in the Marine Corps. After he ascended the leadership ladder and finished taking command of different air bases, he began teaching TQM (Total Quality Management) and later formed his own consulting company. I learned not only from his teachings, but also those of others like W. Edwards Deming who said, “It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.”

So when we first heard that there was a rating system coming to western North Carolina for ENERGY STAR and Greenbuilt-certified homes, we immediately signed up. We simply believe that if you are going to do something, do it right.