Rhodo Reno

Rhodo Reno

[et_pb_section fb_built="1" inner_shadow="on" fullwidth="on" _builder_version="3.22" bb_built="1" _i="0" _address="0"][et_pb_fullwidth_image src="https://www.livingstoneconstruction.com/img/rhodoreno-homeslide.jpg" alt="Rhodo Reno Home" admin_label="Header Image" module_class="shadow-image" _builder_version="3.0.87" animation_direction="off" animation="off" border_style="solid" _i="0" _address="0.0"][/et_pb_fullwidth_image][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built="1" admin_label="section" _builder_version="3.22" custom_padding="0px|||" bb_built="1" _i="1" _address="1"][et_pb_row admin_label="row" _builder_version="3.25" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" _i="0" _address="1.0"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.25" custom_padding="|||" _i="0" _address="1.0.0" custom_padding__hover="|||"][et_pb_text admin_label="Design + Build" module_class="chronospro-heading design-build" _builder_version="3.27.4" text_font_size="24" module_alignment="left" border_style="solid" _i="0" _address="1.0.0.0"]DESIGN + BUILD | WHOLE HOME RENOVATIONS [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="The Rhodo Reno" module_class="listing-heading" _builder_version="3.27.4" header_text_color="#589a43" header_font_size="52px" module_alignment="left" border_style="solid" _i="1" _address="1.0.0.1"]The Rhodo Reno [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row module_class="before-after-row" _builder_version="3.25" _i="1" _address="1.1" column_structure="1_2,1_2"][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="3.25" custom_padding="|||" _i="0" _address="1.1.0" custom_padding__hover="|||"][et_pb_image src="https://www.livingstoneconstruction.com/img/rhodo-reno-before.jpg" alt="barker residence before" title_text="barker residence before" align_tablet="center" align_last_edited="on|desktop" admin_label="Before Image" _builder_version="3.23" animation_style="slide" animation_direction="left" border_style="solid" always_center_on_mobile="on" _i="0" _address="1.1.0.0"][/et_pb_image][et_pb_text admin_label="Before" module_class="before-after chronospro" _builder_version="3.27.4" border_style="solid" _i="1" _address="1.1.0.1"]Before [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_2" _builder_version="3.25" custom_padding="|||" _i="1" _address="1.1.1" custom_padding__hover="|||"][et_pb_image src="https://www.livingstoneconstruction.com/img/rhodo-reno-after.jpg" alt="barker after before" title_text="barker after before" align_tablet="center" align_last_edited="on|desktop" admin_label="After Image" _builder_version="3.23" animation_style="slide" animation_direction="right" border_style="solid" always_center_on_mobile="on" _i="0" _address="1.1.1.0"][/et_pb_image][et_pb_text admin_label="After" module_class="before-after chronospro" _builder_version="3.27.4" border_style="solid" _i="1" _address="1.1.1.1"]After [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="row" _builder_version="3.25" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" _i="2" _address="1.2"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.25" custom_padding="|||" _i="0" _address="1.2.0" custom_padding__hover="|||"][et_pb_video src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEPdlqiUrV4" _builder_version="3.0.72" _i="0" _address="1.2.0.0"][/et_pb_video][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.27.4" module_alignment="left" border_style="solid" _i="1" _address="1.2.0.1"]A case study in “Right Size” Design By Sean Sullivan, AMB, CGP, CAPS My wife (Laura) and I decided to buy a 1960’s rancher in downtown Black Mountain to renovate for ourselves. We liked the feel of downtown and wanted to be close in to the lake, park, pool and center of town. We had our work cut out for us though since the home hadn’t been touched in nearly 40 years! [/et_pb_text][et_pb_toggle title="READ MORE" closed_toggle_background_color="rgba(255,255,255,0)" module_class="read-more-toggle" _builder_version="3.0.87" background_color="rgba(255,255,255,0)" border_style="solid" _i="2" _address="1.2.0.2"]The 900sf shack sat on a crawl space situated nicely on a corner lot near the golf course. Believers in making all things beautiful, and the desire to give every home we touch “curb appeal”, we first nailed down the floor plan. We wanted to keep as much of the original structure as possible, leaving the two exterior door locations, existing room layouts (virtually the same), as well as leaving the original location of the hallway and common bath. Because we had to combine the two end bedrooms into a master suite, we needed to design a small addition on the back to replace the lost bedroom and give the home a proper kitchen. We enlisted the help of an architect partner to help create the new style, passive solar design, and get the exterior elevations just right. After that was nailed down, we set out to make this the most efficient use of space we could create. Since most of our clients end up building homes larger than they had originally intended (due to having lower levels on sloping lots), we wanted to show what it meant to “right size” a home. “Right sizing” a home means that you prioritize “quality over quantity”, rather than the premise that “bigger is better”. As green design+builders, we also wanted to show that saving a home in an existing neighborhood is priceless when you want to be able to walk to what’s important to you. We designed this home so that the 1450hsf main level would be all that we would need on a daily basis. We utilized the lower level of the new addition by designing it to be a separate art studio for my wife who is not only an interior designer, but also an artist. The crawl space that adjoined the existing one car garage was dug out by hand in order to create space for the mechanicals, storage, extra bathroom, and tv/bedroom for the (occasional visit from the) college student. We intentionally did not include an interior staircase so that these overflow spaces could be used when there was want, but not out of need. Now that the spaces were identified, Laura went about designing each space for maximum use and aesthetic value, while I worked with our Energy Rater to make this the most energy efficient and green project we possibly could. We began with saving the existing (sinking) foundation by having helical piers rammed into the earth beneath the South corner. We also discovered that the previous tenant had been an earnest gardener so we gave away most of the plants in the yard (that we couldn’t use) to interested neighbors and the adult children of the (now deceased) previous tenant. Saving as much of the structure as possible and still be able to get the home certified, we left the exterior 8’ walls, but raised them to 9’6” by running beams around all the top plates. The exterior walls were then wrapped with foam board insulation to seal off any air infiltration and add maximum insulation values. Wanting a new contemporary look to the home, we opted for a glass garage door as an entrance to the art studio. The only calculated energy loss to the project, we felt it was important to get light and ventilation into the space. Most
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Alabama Terrace

Alabama Terrace

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The Treehouse

The Treehouse

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The Vogel Renovation

The Vogel Renovation

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Aging in Place

Aging in Place

[et_pb_section bb_built="1" fullwidth="on" specialty="off" _builder_version="3.0.51" inner_shadow="on" next_background_color="#000000"][et_pb_fullwidth_image admin_label="Header Image" _builder_version="3.0.51" src="https://www.livingstoneconstruction.com/img/aging-in-place-header.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" border_style="solid" animation="off" alt="Modern Prairie Computer Rendering" module_class="shadow-image" animation_style="none" animation_duration="1000ms" animation_intensity_slide="50%" /][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built="1" admin_label="section" _builder_version="3.0.51" custom_padding="0px|||" prev_background_color="#000000" next_background_color="#30231d"][et_pb_row admin_label="row" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Design + Build" _builder_version="3.0.51" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" border_style="solid" module_class="chronospro-heading design-build" text_font_size="24" module_alignment="left"] DESIGN + BUILD | CUSTOM HOMES [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Aging in Place Renovation" _builder_version="3.0.71" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" border_style="solid" header_font_size="52px" header_text_color="#589a43" module_class="listing-heading" module_alignment="left"] Aging in Place Renovation [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.71" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" border_style="solid" module_alignment="left"] Here was the challenge: how to turn a family home into one that would keep its owner happy – and in place – for the rest of her life. It was the challenge that interior designer Betsy Edwards met with the help of Living Stone Construction. And it was posed by Annette Pace, who loved her farmhouse‐like home in north Asheville’s historic Beaverdam community but hadn’t lived in it for years. Annette, who raised her sons in the house, didn’t want to give it up. But being a planner, she was planning ahead and wanted to see if Betsy could turn the house into a pretty home that would shelter and nurture Annette as she grew older. “She had a real sense of commitment to the property,” Betsy says. “There was a sense of family and tradition there that was hard to give up.” [/et_pb_text][et_pb_toggle admin_label="Read More Toggle" _builder_version="3.0.71" title="Read More" open="off" border_style="solid" open_toggle_background_color="#ffffff" closed_toggle_background_color="#ffffff" module_class="read-more-toggle"] Betsy, whose business (Betsy Edwards Design) has reconfigured houses, hotels and restaurants all over the world, felt the home’s magic the moment she first saw it. “You could just feel the energy and beauty of it,” she says. Annette, living elsewhere at the time, had expressed that she wanted to live in the house for the rest of her life. So as Betsy walked through its rooms, she envisioned how they could be changed to accommodate her client’s later years. Some updating needed to be done, certainly, but cosmetic changes alone wouldn’t achieve the longevity that many homeowners want these days. Aging in place ‐ a term used to describe construction details that allow a resident to enjoy an independent life for years ‐ often means wider doorways and no‐threshold showers. In Annette’s case, it meant a master bedroom suite on the main floor – a space she suggested might be made out of the large room that held the family pool table. The space had many things going for it. It was large and well sited. It had a 22‐foot ceiling. But where else would she keep the pool table? She certainly didn’t want to give it up. It was where her sons had played with their friends, where she had spent many hours playing with them. The pool table was the center of many happy memories. Betsy considered the table. Then she considered the height of the room. The space could easily accommodate a loft, she thought. Tied into the upstairs bedrooms, that’s where the pool table and the game room could go. Above the new bedroom, it would never be far from Annette’s thoughts. All the pieces seemed to fall into place. Betsy called in Sean Sullivan and Living Stone Construction, recommended to her by a contractor who she knew for decades. The award‐winning company does excellent work, Betsy was told, something she got a feel for when she invited Sean to see the house himself. She recalls how he touched the wood and the rock inside. The artisan in him appreciated its solid construction. Sean seemed honored to add his work to the home’s grand design, Betsy says. “He was very impressed with the craftsmanship of the home,” she says. “Being a contractor is the hardest job in the world to me, and they have to love what they do to stay with it. You could tell from the look in his eye that Sean truly loves what he does.” She and he walked through the home as she explained her idea for the master bedroom and showed him her initial drawings. “He said it would absolutely work,” she says. “Most contractors will tell you, ‘sure, we can do this,’ but Sean went through the house thoroughly and showed me how we could do this.” The plan would work well with the existing structure of the house, Sean told Betsy. Support would have to be added in the basement, but it would be easy to tie into the existing plumbing and air systems. Best of all, the footprint of the house would remain unchanged, he said. Betsy’s plan called for building upward, not outward. Construction began, and Betsy, the manager of the project, dealt on a near‐daily basis with Frank Turchi, Living Stone’s superintendent on the job. “He’s a great guy,” she says. “He’s the kind that no matter what is thrown at him,
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