Local Builder Honored with National Design Award – Living Stone Design + Build

Contact: Molly Sullivan-Reeves

Local Builder Honored with National Design Award

Asheville, NC January –A local builder has won a gold award for the One-of-a-Kind Custom Home (2501-3500hsf) category in the 2016 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The Watkins residence (Swannanoa NC) was a collaborative team effort designed by Vinyet Architecture and built by Living Stone Design + Build. The interiors were designed by ID.ology Interiors & Design. The landscaping was created and installed by Gardens for Living.

“The objectives were simple” says Sean Sullivan of Living Stone Design + Build. First we had to design a home with clean lines that came from natural mountain materials. Next, like all of our homes, we had to make it super energy efficient. Our last objective was to create an amazing outdoor living space while maximizing views.

The biggest challenge was designing+building in this new style that reflected the clients taste. The objectives were met by utilizing our processes with our design team at ID.ology. The result was a beautifully designed home. The home was certified Green, and super energy efficient, with its geothermal and radiant floor heating systems. And lastly, we created an incredible outdoor living space off the back that includes a pool, pool cabana and firepit, all without interrupting the views.

“BALA recognizes the very best in residential home design,” said Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, 2016 BALA subcommittee chair. “The award winners have shown that they are some of the most talented and forward-thinking professionals in their field.”

Now in its 33rd year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international, based on the principle that good design is not, and should not be, limited to high-priced and/or custom homes. Even the simplest, most affordable homes can receive an award if they showcase good design.

Award winners were announced during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.

Additional Information about the BALA program can be found at bestinamericanliving.com, including the 2016 BALA Portfolio, featuring a review of design trends and project photographs.


Living Stone crafts award-winning custom homes that exceed client expectations. Their proven process and strategic partnerships with architects, designers and realtors delivers happier, healthier homes to those seeking their dream life in the mountains.