Your 2018 New Year’s Resolution Should Include Moving To Asheville

Asheville Home Builder - Brad Rice

It didn’t take long for Asheville North Carolina to become a top destination to not only visit, but to live. As a builder, we are seeing many of the suburbs growing tremendously including Weaverville, Arden, Candler, and Black Mountain. Our most recent spec home sold the first day on the market, leaving many others waiting in line. It’s a sellers market because people want to buy, and people want to live here.

In Asheville we are known for our “Quality of Life”, and that includes many things. Here are some reasons why you would want to move to the mountains of Western North Carolina:

  1. The Great Outdoors – Asheville is outdoor heaven. With the Blue Ridge Parkway running through, you can be on the top of a mountain in no time. And not to mention… that in nearby Transylvania County and Brevard NC, there are so […]

Bellwether Design-Build Wins Asheville Pace Award For 2 Categories

Asheville Home Builder Floor Plan

Bellwether Design-Build is excited to announce that we have won two great awards from the Asheville Home Builders Association! Brad from Bellwether has created a heavy focus on a line of affordable spec homes going up in the Asheville area, and some on the outskirts in a few up and coming towns. If you do not know anything about a spec home, it is a home that a builder constructs and then sells, many times through a Realtor, or sometimes just on their own. For the sake of time and price, many builders do not allow the clients to pick out or change anything about the home, at least until it is purchased. Of course with the affordable housing crisis in Asheville, Bellwether made it a mission to not only build custom mansions, but also do a common line for folks who are […]

Custom Homes Curb the Odds of Home Buyer Remorse

Asheville Custom Homes

Rarely does a home buyer find a resale home within a designated time frame that is exactly to their liking. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to have a running list of remodeling projects, big or small, to tailor and adjust those probable shortcomings. But, renovations are not always practical, especially after spending thousands of dollars on a down payment.

Perhaps that’s why a staggering 44 percent of Americans today feel sorry about their last housing decision, according to a recent Trulia survey on real estate regrets. And, a third of homeowners say they wish they had opted for a larger dwelling. It’s safe to assume that those buyers would have fewer qualms had they been involved in the strategy, layout and square footage of their new residence from the start.

Consider the following […]

Asheville Home Builders Playhouse Showdown 2017

Enka High School playhouse build

Brad Rice, owner and general contractor at Bellwether Design-Build is mentoring Enka High School students again this next year through the Playhouse Showdown program put on by the Asheville Home Builders Association (AHBA). Brad is working Enka High, which is one of several local high schools involved. Brad is working with the students in the Buncombe County Careers and Technical Education (CTE) program to help mentor them while they’re designing and building a children’s playhouse.

The playhouses have a theme each year and are built to certain guidelines determined by the AHBA. Asheville Home Builders Association member companies donate the materials to build these playhouses. Each school’s CTE students are matched up with a home builder like Brad to help mentor them during the construction process. Brad works hands-on with the students and teachers to help them design the playhouse and construct […]

Asheville Builder of the Year 2016

While we might be partial, we are very proud and certain that Brad Rice is the deserving recipient of the Asheville Home Builders Association’s Builder of the Year award for 2016. Brad was graced with the honor at the recent Parade of Homes Gala and Award Ceremony. Brad has served on the Asheville HBA’s Parade of Homes Committee for a number of years and consistently has homes entered in the Parade. Brad also volunteered with the Asheville HBA’s Playhouse Showdown Challenge. Brad was a mentor to local Enka High School students in the technical program. With the help of Brad and their teachers, these students built a children’s playhouse that was then auctioned off among others in order to raise money for their school program. Brad is volunteering as a mentor again for the next Playhouse Showdown

At the recent AHBA Gala, one of Bellwether Design-Build’s […]

Grand American Residential Design Award Winner

Residential Design Award

We couldn’t be happier to announce that the Prive’ aka Ciel 10 won yet another design award last week. This home won a Grand ARDA (American Residential Design Award) in the Custom Home category. The American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) presents this award each year. Congrats to Jason Weil of Retro+Fit Design and to all of our top-notch team who helped make it possible for one custom home to win so many awards.

The winning entries for this award were chosen from about 132 finished and proposed projects submitted by 39 designers from 16 states. The ARDA highlights excellence in design in the home building field in multiple categories. ARDA is a progression of the AIBD Annual Design Competition, which has been in existence for over 65 years. This year’s jury included Jaclyn S. Toole, Senior Program Manager, Green Building at National Association of Home Builders, […]

Four More Kitchen Appliances You Need

kitchen appliances

Last month we posted about four awesome kitchen appliances we thought you should know about. We couldn’t help ourselves and we wanted to share four more. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef in order to love these fabulous kitchen appliances. Add them to your dream home wish list!

Sharp Supersteam Wall Oven

This 3-in-1 wall oven gives you the ability to have Superheated steam (up to 485 degrees), steam, and convection. The Supersteam is so hot that it heats the middle and browns the outside. This versatile wall oven allows you to bake, grill, roast, steam, and sauté dishes.

Liebherr Undercounter Pull-out Refrigerator UPR 503

Don’t let the boring name “UPR 503” detract from the fact that this set of undercounter refrigerator drawers is not boring, but instead highly functional and universally designed. UPR 503 can be adjusted in height […]

Four Appliances For Your New Kitchen

Streamline Range Hood kitchen appliances

These 4 kitchen appliances for your home are hi-tech, good-looking, and super functional. If you’re into good design, cooking, or innovation then you should check out these kitchen appliances that were all mentioned in The Retail Observer magazine, a kitchen and bath industry magazine!

Streamline Hoods inNOVA Collection

Your range hood doesn’t have to be boring! Make a statement with the unique designs of this designer range hood collection. These range hoods have modern and contemporary styles with distinctive angles. They’re also ultra efficient and environmentally friendly (which we love). These range hoods have the R+D technology of Streamline, are made with DuPont Corian, and are an exclusive design by serra&delarocha.

Thermador 60 inch Pro Grand Steam Range

If you’re at culinary pro level cooking or you simply enjoy cooking and entertaining (or your spouse does), the Pro Grand […]

Vote For Bellwether Design-Build Asheville Home To Win!

Did you know that North Carolina has the third largest concentration of Modernist houses in America? Who would have thought? Well here at Bellwether Design-Build, we have an affinity for modern architecture. We are thrilled for a custom home we built to be featured on North Carolina Modernist Houses and in the running for the NCMH George Matsumoto Prize. This modern home in Ciel Asheville is designed by Jason Weil of Retro+Fit Design hnd is an entry to win the People’s Choice award.

North Carolina Modern Houses is the world’s large open digital architect for residential Modernist architecture. George Matsumoto is a recognized architect and architecture professor. He practiced architecture for several firms and a private practice, before becoming an instructor. He became a professor at North Carolina State University’s School of Design along with other colleagues from University of Oklahoma. This became an epicenter for […]