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!

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!

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!

 

How To Winterize Your Home

modern fireplace Asheville

It’s not too late to winterize your home and make sure you’re not driving your power bill up, or worse, that you might have a safety issue! If you have an older home, it may be time to update your home with better, more efficient technology. Of course, if you build a home in Asheville with Bellwether Design-Build, we are sure to use the latest and greatest technology to build a well insulated and energy-efficient house!

Here are some tips that you can use to winterize your home:

  • Cheap trick: Plug those drafty doors with a draft guard!
    • The better solution is to make sure you have quality storm doors
  • Cheap trick: Add window insulation film to your windows
  • Weather-stripping and caulking can also help seal up those pesky drafts
  • Check for bigger gaps such as loose roof shingles, chimney or foundation issues or any large holes that could leave you with bigger air leaks.
  • Have your fireplace checked to make sure that it’s clean and safe.
  • If you’re not using your fireplace, your chimney is drafty too. Have a pro install a quality damper or a chimney balloon to help block the draft.
  • Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working and have fresh batteries
  • Add more insulation. Make sure your attic floor and basement ceiling are well insulated
    • Make sure your attic hatch or pull down stairs are well insulated
  • Clean your gutters to allow for more water flow and less ice build-up
  • Clean up dead tree limbs that are close to your house or property. You don’t want a large limb falling on your home or car during a winter storm!
  • Change your air filters so that your HVAC system can function more efficiently and to the best of its ability
  • Have an HVAC contractor perform a checkup on your HVAC unit once a year. Also have them test and seal your ducts.
  • Shut off the AC unit water valve to prevent water from collecting and freezing in there. Same thing if you have a sprinkler system…
  • Reverse your fans so that the warm air is blown back down from the ceiling
  • Insulate your water heater and your pipes! Insulating your pipes can help save you money and help ensure that your pipes don’t burst, which would be a big bummer.
    • If the temperature of your pipes drops below 32 degrees, it could cause a fracture.
    • Know where your main waterline shut-off valve is, in case of an emergency!
  • Shut off outside water spigots and disconnect hoses.
  • Turn down your water heater
    • We love tankless water heaters or even solar-powered!
  • Lower your thermostat (even just a smidge will save you money!)
    • Get out your blankets, socks and sweatshirts and bundle up rather than turning on up the heat
    • Get a programmable thermostat to make it easy

Bellwether Design-Build Wins Innovative Home Award

Asheville Home Builders Lot 10 Ciel

Bellwether Design-Build’s latest custom home is now officially an award-winning home! Our home in the CIEL development in North Asheville, North Carolina won the Innovative Award from the Asheville Home Builders Association for the 2015 Parade of Homes. This is truly a one-of-a-kind ultra modern green home!

Lot 10 Ciel Bellwether Builders Asheville

There are quite a few features that contributed to our home winning the Innovative award. One of the most innovative features of this home is the design and construction itself. This home is placed and built to enjoy private views of downtown Asheville and Mount Pisgah. The home is built with cantilever construction at three levels that defy gravity as it reaches towards the mountains. The way the home is built and designed provides not just a unique modern style, but also three walkout roofs to enjoy the stunning views. The roofs have contemporary metal railings and Iron Wood Ipe decking.

The top floor is an entire private master suite, complete with a breakfast bar and the most dramatic views. The Kolbe VistaLuxe windows that are used throughout allow the homeowner to experience unobstructed views from multiple angles within a room, while remaining energy-efficient. There are even strategically placed windows within hallways and bathrooms so that you can enjoy the view and closeness of nature from nearly every space in the home!

Lot 10 Ciel Asheville Home Interior

The home’s design and construction is rarely seen yet well-thought out. The attention to detail from the vertical cypress tongue and groove siding to the detail of the drywall reveal around windows, doors and baseboard is superb. The luxurious finishes within this home certainly are a bonus as well!

Congrats and many thanks to Retro+Fit Design, who’s responsible for the thoughtful design of the house, as well as Allard and Roberts Interior Design for the interior design and decor.

3 Types of Home Building in Asheville

Asheville Home Building Project

There are a variety of ways to have a home built in Asheville, North Carolina. At Bellwether Design-Build, we work with each and every client on an individual basis. We find out the exact type of home that want to build and move into. We offer:

  1. Custom Homes – Work with us to design and build a custom floor plan for your dream home. Bellwether Design-Build can take it from a dream to a concept and then and make it a reality.
  2. Unique Homes – There are so many available upgrades to choose from, starting with your foundation, the types of walls, specialized materials, and more. We are educated and experienced on using a wide variety of efficient and eco-friendly construction initiatives.
  3. Spec Homes – If you do not want to go through the home building process and you simply want a new home that’s completed, you can also have a quality Bellwether home. Check back and take a look at the inventory of spec homes we have available at any time. Bellwether Design-Build builds affordable spec homes on property in the Asheville area often. They range from about 1,500 square feet and up and normally about 3 bedrooms. These homes are great for starter homes or for a small family!