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 playhouses will be on display at the 2017 Asheville Home Builders Association’s Build and Remodel Expo. They’ll be raffled off there as well as a fundraiser for the schools. Part of the proceeds will be donated to each the Buncombe County Careers and Technical Education Programs. The rest of the proceeds go back to each of the schools in the form of scholarship money.

If you want a chance to win Enka High’s playhouse or one of the others, raffle tickets are on sale for $5 each and include admission to the Asheville Home Builders Association’s Build and Remodel Show. The Show will be held on February 25th and 26th of 2017 at the Western North Carolina Ag. Center.

Asheville Builder of the Year 2016

Asheville Home 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 also won a PACE Design Award thanks to the unique home design of Jason Weil of Retro+Fit Design.

Check out the Asheville Home Builders Association’s footage of the Fall Gala and Awards Ceremony!

Grand American Residential Design Award Winner

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 Lo, owner at YNL Architects, Los Angeles, CA; Chip Hudson, owner at Hudson Home Design, Montgomery, AL, and the ARDA Committee Chairperson Michael Battaglia, Dayton, OH.

The American Institute of Building Design is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to supporting and promoting residential design professionals. Its professional members have specialized knowledge and expertise in residential design and are held to a high level of professionalism and ethics in their business practices.

The winning ARDA entries of this year and past years are published here at www.ResidentialDesignAwards.com.

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 match the height of the kitchen countertops. It’s also designed to allow for custom panels in order to match your cabinets. This refrigerator has 2 self-retracting pull out shelves and 1 drawer, so that you can easily reach your snack or your bottled adult beverage.

Wolf Induction Range

You may have heard of induction cooking technology. If not, induction uses magnets to heat the cookware rather than heating the stovetop/burner. This is a fairly new technology that many are embracing due to the level of temperature control, safety, ease of cleaning, and efficiency. Did we mention that we’re big fans of efficiency? It also serves as an alternative to gas. This particular range comes with the dual convection oven cavity and 10 cooking modes. The cooking modes include your typical Bake, Roast, Broil, as well as Convection options, and Proof and Dehydrate. The range is available in 30-inch and 36-inch widths in professional style and the new transitional style. The 36-inch style is exclusive to Wolf.

Marvel All-in-One Outdoor Refrigerator

Lest we not forget the outdoor kitchen, Marvel introduced the first ever outdoor refrigerator that has a freezer AND an icemaker option. Now you can ditch the cooler or bagged ice. There’s not really any need to explain why this is awesome!

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 an appliance worth considering. This cutting-edge kitchen beast is one-of-a-kind, not just because of its size. Thermador states, “it’s the only range available with a steam and convection combination oven plus a full-size convection oven.” This gives you the health benefits of steam cooking and the capabilities of convection cooking. It’s also customizable, allowing you to configure it the way that’s convenient for you.

Samsung Wi-Fi Slide-in Range

Why have a Wi-Fi connected range, you ask? Because convenience, that’s why! With Wi-Fi connectivity, you can monitor your range using your phone or devices. Left for work and afraid you forgot to turn it off? No problem! Turn it off from your phone. Pre-heat your oven right before you arrive home and pop in your casserole. Technology is better and better these days! Another cool feature is that this oven has a soft-close dual door for added flexibility.

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator

Why not have a totally connected kitchen and check out Samsung’s Wi-Fi enabled refrigerator? This fridge has a touchscreen on the front that allows you to use apps designed not only to make your kitchen experience better, but your life as well. With this technology, you’ll always know what’s in your fridge and what you need to replace just by checking your phone. Sync multiple calendars so that you can keep track of everyone’s schedule. Write reminders and messages to each other. Check the weather. Say goodbye to magnets on the fridge and hello to digital photos. This refrigerator can even play music for you. You can legitimately tell your friends, “My fridge is better than yours.”

Stay tuned for more must-have appliances for your kitchen!

Vote For Bellwether Design-Build Asheville Home To Win!

Ciel-Asheville-living-roomDid 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 the United States. Matsumoto won over 30 awards during that time for his residential architecture projects and was widely published. Read more about Mr. Matsumoto here.

The NCMH Matsumoto Prize honors him and his modern architectural designs. Bellwether Design-Build and Retro+Fit Design need your vote! Please vote for our Ciel 10 project to win and share with your friends.  Vote now! Voting ends June 29th at 5 pm EST.

Custom Home Wins Architectural Design Award

front porch of Ciel custom home

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, and Allard and Roberts Interior Design. The developer for the project was AIBL Invest. Medlock & Associates was the project structural engineer. We’re proud to be a part of this award-winning team! This home was awarded the Innovation Award in the 2015 Parade of Homes awards ceremony.

We are honored to have the Ciel house featured as an Award of Merit winner. We can only hope it is chosen in its category for the Grand Award. Keep your fingers crossed for our team!

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 to take a tour of our house located in the Chicken Hill development off of West Haywood Street in the River Arts District of Asheville. You’ll be able to see a Bellwether built home up close and personal and even meet Brad himself. This home is very different from our award-winning home that was entered into the 2015 Parade.

Mark the weekends of October 8-9, 2016 and October 15-16 on your calendar for the 35th annual Asheville Parade of Homes! Stay tuned to the Parade of Homes website for more updated information such as the homes and home builders that will be featured. As the dates get closer, more homes will be added to the tour.

Custom Home in River Arts District

Custom home in Asheville RAD

Photograph by Mountain Lens

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 view of the River Arts District and the French Broad River. Considering that it sits on a hill (Chicken Hill), it basically overlooks the River Arts District and New Belgium Brewing’s new Asheville location. That’s also why the double-decks are positioned on the front of the house. They really take advantage of the great views overlooking the R.A.D. area!

Some key features of the exterior of the home are the corten steel that the unique “bump-out” is made from. Bump out is not exactly a technical building term, but it makes a good description! There’s a standing seam metal roof with seamless box gutters and round downspouts. Also we’ve heard a lot about the fun exterior paint choice, good things, not bad! Some of the interior features are the large kitchen island with an eastern white pine countertop that has a live edge. There are open shelves made of spalted maple in the kitchen with a brightly colored tile backsplash. There’s a sliding barn door that is made from reclaimed barn wood. The interior floors are a prefinished hickory.

We can’t wait to show you all of the pictures of this home from our photo shoot. Stay tuned and check out our gallery later to find them!

 

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 students at Enka High worked with the interior design students to create their playhouse, from the inside-out.

You can see the playhouses in person at the Asheville Home Builder’s Association’s Build and Remodel Expo the weekend of February 27, 2016. They’ll be raffled off on day two of the Expo. You can check them out and pick which one you’d like to try to win. Raffle tickets are just $5.00 each and the proceeds go back to each school and the countywide CTE program. We’d also like to thank the sponsors of this program who donated materials: 84 Lumber, Builders First Source, Jennings, Lowes, and ProBuild.

Check out our interview with the students and teachers about the concept for the Enka High playhouse!