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2. one who leads others

Bellwether Design-Build is a custom home builder, located in Asheville, North Carolina. We are a design build firm, meaning we are involved in our projects from the initial design, site planning, and throughout the entire construction process. We are fluent in all aspects of fine home building, but we are best known for our extraordinary attention to design, detail, and sustainable building practices. Our team brings more than 20 years of residential and commercial experience to the table. We encourage you to explore our gallery of construction projects to see just what makes us stand out.

Owner Brad Rice began his journey as a carpenter in Boone, North Carolina. Brad later studied under a Master Finish Carpenter in Portland, Oregon. Brad’s hands-on experience and his strong relationship with his subcontractors have given him a thorough understanding of building and the construction industry.

Brad was on the Asheville Home Builders Association’s Board of Directors in 2004. Bellwether Design-Build is currently a member of the Asheville Home Builders Association and the WNC Green Building Council. Brad is an active mentor for the CTE program at Enka HIgh School which is a part of the Buncombe County School system.

Best Whole Home Renovation Asheville

Awards & Media Features:

2004 Asheville Home Builders Association’s Parade of Homes Gold Craftsmanship Award ($729,900.00-$799,900 category)

2005 Featured in Builder/Architect Magazine (April)

2008 Featured in Builder/Architect Magazine (February)

2008 Featured in Signature Kitchen & Baths Magazine (Fall)

2008 Asheville Citizen-Times Home of the Week (September 20)

2008 Home Featured in Montford Tour of Homes (Winter)

2009 Parade of Homes: Gold Craftsmanship Award ($440,000-$525,000 category)

2009 Parade of Homes: Innovative Home Award

2009 Parade of Homes: Trend Award (for using recycled material)

2012 Cover of Carolina Home & Garden Magazine (Summer)

2013 Carolina Home and Garden Magazine featured 63 Evelyn Place job. Article under Grove Park Renovation. (Fall)

2015 Cover of Carolina Home & Garden Magazine (Spring)

2015 Parade of Homes: Innovative Home Award

2016 Asheville Home Builders Association’s Builder of the Year

2017 PACE Awards Best Public Relations Effort

2017 PACE Awards Best Digital Marketing

2018 PACE Awards – Best Whole House Renovation

2018 PACE Awards – Best Digital Marketing

Asheville Home Builders Assoc Parade of Homes Committee Member 2014- present
Asheville Home Builders Playhouse Showdown Mentor (Enka High School) 2015- present
Habitat for Humanity Building Committee Member 2017- present
Presently a board member of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and chairperson of their Building Committee