The Shifting Landscape of Home Building in Asheville


Price Embracing Renovations for a Greener Future


Asheville, nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, has long been a hotspot for those seeking the perfect blend of natural beauty and modern living.

However, a noticeable shift is occurring in the real estate landscape of our beloved city. With less available land for new construction, custom home builders like us are witnessing a growing demand for renovations. At Living Stone Design + Build, we not only embrace this trend but also prioritize green and air quality certifications in our renovation projects, ushering in a new era of sustainable living in Asheville.


The Changing Landscape of Home Building


Asheville’s popularity as a destination for both tourists and newcomers has resulted in increased demand for housing. Unfortunately, this surge in demand is coupled with a scarcity of available land for new construction. This has created a unique challenge for homebuyers and builders alike. However, challenges often give birth to innovation.

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Renovations: A Sustainable Solution


As we adapt to the changing real estate landscape, renovations have emerged as a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to new construction. Renovations not only breathe new life into existing homes but also preserve the character and history of Asheville’s neighborhoods.


Green and Air Quality Certifications


At Living Stone Design + Build, we firmly believe in sustainability and quality living. We understand that renovations provide a unique opportunity to enhance a home’s energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Our commitment to green building practices has led us to pursue and achieve various certifications, such as Energy Star, NC Greenbuilt, Indoor airPLUS, and WWYW (Wellness Within Your Walls) in our renovation projects.

  • Energy Star Certification
  • NC Greenbuilt
  • Indoor airPLUS
  • WWYW


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Preserving Asheville’s Unique Charm


One of the most appealing aspects of Asheville is its rich architectural history and distinctive neighborhoods. Renovations allow us to preserve the charm of these areas while modernizing homes to meet the needs of contemporary living. By embracing renovations, we contribute to the longevity of Asheville and its surrounding development community character.



The evolving landscape of Asheville’s real estate market demands a fresh perspective. Renovations have emerged as a sustainable solution to the challenge of limited available land for new construction. We are proud to champion this trend while prioritizing green and air quality certifications. Together, we can create happier & healthier lives for our clients and the residents of Asheville, and a more sustainable future for Asheville and its residents.


About the Author, Sean Sullivan

About the Author, Sean Sullivan

Sean got his start in the construction business in 1994. Today, he’s the President of Living Stone Design + Build, and is an Accredited Master Builder, Certified Green Professional, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, and author of Building a Quality Custom Home: What you Need to Know. He also teaches continuing education courses for builders and accreditations through the NC Builders Institute. Sean loves western North Carolina and the Asheville community, and lives in Black Mountain with his wife, Laura Sullivan.