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 it.

The finished […]

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 projects, Ciel Lot 10 […]

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, Washington, DC; Yu-Ngok […]

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 and depth to […]

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 Steam Range is […]

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 Modernist architecture in […]

Custom Home Wins Architectural Design Award

Ciel custom home kitchen

Bellwether Design-Build is excited to share that our Ciel lot 10 project in the Ciel development in North Asheville has won the 2016 Award of Merit in the 4,000-8,000 square foot custom home category of the Golden Nugget Awards. Even more exciting is the fact that this means the custom home is now in the finals for the Grand Award, which will be announced in June.

The Golden Nugget Awards honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. The Grand Awards winners are chosen from an elite pool of Merit Award winners. The Golden Nugget Awards are presented by PCBC, the largest homebuilding tradeshow representing the west coast region. PCBC is dedicated to advancing the art, science, and business of housing.

This custom home design was a collaboration between Bellwether Design-Build, Retro+Fit Design, […]

Asheville Parade of Homes 2016

Asheville Parade of Homes tour custom home

Even though it’s just May, we’ve already begun planning for the 2016 Asheville Parade of Homes! Our owner Brad is on the Asheville Parade of Homes committee for the Asheville Home Builders Association, so he’s part of a group of volunteers that work with the Asheville Home Builders Association’s staff to organize the Parade each year. It takes a lot of time and effort from the committee and staff to plan such a big successful Parade of Homes tour each year. The team works hard to organize the builders and subcontractors, plan the routes, enlist the judges, put together marketing materials, among other things that are involved. There are lots of “behind-the-scene” collaborations that happen.

On top of all of that, we are excited to announce that Bellwether Design-Build has entered one of our Asheville homes in the Parade of Homes! You’ll be able […]

Custom Home in River Arts District

custom home Asheville

What’s the latest house that Bellwether Design-Build has been working on?

Well we just finished up building a really cool custom home, if we don’t say so ourselves. The house is located in the well-known River Arts District near downtown Asheville, North Carolina. It’s actually in a neighborhood called Chicken Hill. Yes, that’s right, Chicken Hill! Chicken Hill has the best of both worlds in Asheville, and by that we mean it’s a short walk to downtown and the shops/galleries, restaurants, breweries within the River Arts District.

The custom home was unique in many ways, but one key thing is that the homeowner, Josh Pettler of C3 Architecture designed the home for himself. That’s a perk of being an architect, don’t you suppose? The living area of the home is on the second floor. There’s a specific reason for this too. The house has an amazing […]

Asheville Home Builders Playhouse Showdown

Brad from Bellwether Design-Build is helping mentor students at Enka High School in Asheville. We’re working with the students to build a playhouse for the Asheville Home Builders Association’s Playhouse Showdown. This is the fourth year of the Playhouse Showdown event. Each year, the Asheville Home Builder’s Association pairs its builder members with a local high school’s construction trade program, the Career and Technical Education program. The builder works with the students and teachers in the program to help build their playhouses. The playhouses are completed in time for the Asheville Home Builders Association’s and then they are raffled off at the AHBA’s Expo and the proceeds benefit the schools.

Each year there is a theme for the playhouses. It’s exciting to see what ideas the students come up with each year using the theme. This year’s theme is Mountain Living. The students decided on the specific theme of their house. The CTE […]