Asheville Habitat For Humanity Makes Belinda A Homeowner

Belinda Asheville Homeowner

I’m delighted to share some good, local news – that you made happen. On Friday, June 18, 2020, Belinda Finley purchased the 5th Business Bungalow – a home we usually build every year with the support of our business community. Sixty one businesses and organizations joined together to raise $55,000 for this house, and the Adopt a Lot sponsorship was provided by our friends at Team Browne Keller Williams.


Belinda, who works as a Systems Courier for Mission Hospital, has been renting a modest one-bedroom apartment for her and her son since 1999. Making the most of the space, she turned a converted carport into a makeshift second bedroom, using a sheet for a door. It helped give her more space, but it came at a price with $400 heating bills being a regular part of her winter.


When Belinda was approved for her home purchase in September of 2019, she told us she longed to pay a mortgage instead of renting – and to have reasonable and predictable heating and cooling costs. As a Habitat homeowner, Belinda will say good-bye to the exorbitant electric bill, and hello to a bedroom with a door!

Belinda’s 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom townhome in Candler is certified energy-efficient through System Vision. Their low-cost guarantee means that her heating and cooling cost will not exceed $35/month. What will she do with those savings? She said, “The money I will be saving from having affordable heating, I can put into my savings account. That’s going to mean a lot to me.”

Her home took a bit longer than normal to finish, as we’ve never built in the middle of a pandemic. Without the help of our trusty core volunteers and our sponsoring business groups, building was slow. But yesterday she signed the documents tranferring ownership and moved into her 1296 square foot townhome in our Curry Court neighborhood. Belinda told us, “I love my townhome. It’s like a mansion! In the winter I may run up and down the stairs for exercise!”

Asheville Habitat for Humanity works hard to make sure that people in our community have safety, stability and self-reliance through affordable home ownership. It’s the way that most Americans build wealth, and we are happy to be part of that for our neighbors!

Thanks to all of the following businesses that help make this possible for Belinda (you can see the full list below). We really cannot do this work without your support.

If you’d like to learn more about this build, or inquire about sponsorship or future volunteer opportunities, please let me know! The pictures attached show Belinda in front of her home, doing a socially-distant closing in the parking lot with attorney Kate Madison of Roberts and Stevens, and Belinda getting a congratulatory hug from her mom!

With much gratitude,


With thanks to:

828 Family Pizzeria

828 Market

All Asheville Real Estate LLC

Asheville & Associates Real Estate

Asheville Brewers Alliance

Asheville Fence

Asheville Home Life

Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours

Asheville Staffing Resources

Asheville Yoga Center

Bankers Insurance

Bellwether Builders

Biscuit Head

BlackBird Frame & Art

Blue Ridge Orthodontics


Champion Credit Union

Chiesa LLC

Community Foundation of WNC

Community Foundation of WNC

Culver’s of Arden

Dynamite Roasting Co.

Ginger’s Revenge

Hawthorne Residential Partners LLC

Hilti North America

Hop Ice Cream Café

Ivester Jackson BlackStream Christie’s

JAG Construction

Know Network Risk

Larsenson Land Holdings

LongHorn Steakhouse #5613

Maggie B’s

Mast General Store, Inc.

Maxlite, Inc.

MB Haynes Corporation

Milkco, Inc

Morosani Foundation

Mountain Brook Homes

Native Kitchen & Social Pub

New Morning Ltd.

Omni Grove Park Inn

Platinum Group

Posana Restaurant

Ray Funeral and Cremation Service


Sawhorse Restaurant

Silver-Line Plastics

Simply Home

Starks Financial Group

Steve Trehub Photography

Still Point Wellness

Summit Coffee

Suntrust Foundation

Team Browne – Keller Williams

Terminix Service, Inc.

Twin Hills Structures, PLLC

UpCountry Brewing

Heather Ward – Star House

Weichert Realtors Unlimited

White Labs

Wicked Weed Brewing

New Home Construction Completed in Swannanoa NC

Are you looking for a home not quite in the City of Asheville, but on the outskirts? This brand new home is located just east of Asheville NC and West of Black Mountain NC, which is another amazing small town in our community. Swannanoa is located right in the middle of them, so you get the best of both worlds. We have several other new construction houses going up in the Asheville area as well, so you are in the market for something; contact us and let’s plan.

Asheville Home Builders – Bellwether Design Build of Asheville North Carolina

Asheville Home Builder at your service! Whether you are looking to build a brand new home from scratch, with your design and ideas; or a one of our spec homes that we are building in the Asheville area, we can help you. Bellwether Builders works with clients from Asheville and others that are moving to the area, helping you secure financing, and create a great life in one of our awesome neighborhoods. Or maybe you are looking to remodel, renovate, or build an addition onto your house? With so many folks working from home nowadays, you want to make it comfortable to conduct your business. We can remodel a part of your home, or finish off your basement; turning it into the perfect home based office. Contact us today at

Asheville Home Builders – Two New Homes Going Up in South Asheville

Bellwether Home Builders of Asheville is excited about our new projects coming up. We have two new homes going up on the southside of town, and the location is perfect. Our new home construction projects are just 3 minutes from the Biltmore Estate and 7 minutes from downtown Asheville. If you are interested in these, contact me and let’s talk more. Or maybe you are are looking for a custom home in Asheville North Carolina? If so, let’s sit down and review some house plans, and think about which local community in the Asheville area that you would be interested in.

Why Asheville North Carolina?

So many folks just love Asheville North Carolina, and not only to visit, but to live. Brad takes you on a tour of the downtown area, showing you some delicious places to eat such at Curate, Limones, Buxton Hall BBQ, Salsa’s and more. Then Asheville beer at Burial Beer, One World Brewing, and Green Man Brewery. And let’s not forget about the great music scene here with venues such at The Orange Peel, Asheville Music Hall, and Grey Eagle!

Getting Ready for the Playhouse Showdown in Asheville North Carolina

Bellwether Builders has been a part of the Playhouse Showdown in Asheville for several years. Brad teamed up with Enka High School and their carpentry class to make this happen. The Playhouse Showdown, featuring BCS Career and Technical Education Programs, will take place Feb. 3-4.

Tickets are $5 each and winners will be drawn on Sunday, Feb. 4 while the Build & Remodel Expo is still happening. Winners will be contacted Monday, Feb. 5, 2019. Your ticket purchase includes admission into the Asheville Homebuilders Association Build & Remodel Show, which runs from Feb. 3-4 at the WNC Agriculture Center, right on the border of Buncombe and Henderson County. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, please see the Build & Remodel Expo Website

Bellwether Design-Build Wins Best Whole Home Renovation in Asheville

Best Whole Home Renovation Asheville

The team at Bellwether Design-Build is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Best Whole Home Renovation in Asheville Pace Award by the Asheville Home Builders Association.

This renovation project was incredible to us, to say the least. We were able to salvage much of the foundation and structure of the home, keeping it’s soul alive, and then strategically building the additions to it to create this beautiful masterpiece. The home is located in North Asheville, with rear views of the Omni Grove Park Inn.

Construction renovation in the Asheville area is one of our specialties, for both residential and commercial projects. To discuss your building or renovation project with us, please fill out the Contact Form on our website. Thank you.

Letter From Enka High School in Western North Carolina

Bellwether Design-Build is excited to work with Enka High School year after year, guiding the students with their playhouse project.  Enka wrote us this letter recently to thank us for our involvement. We love doing stuff in the community, and this fit in perfect. Special Thanks to Eddie Smith, the carpentry teacher at Enka High School.

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

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 many great hiking trails and breathtaking waterfalls.
  2. Food – Asheville offers so much delicious cuisine that it is hard to choose sometimes. From southern cooking, to Indian food, to Italian cuisine: we have it all. Asheville Restaurant - Fig Bistro
  3. Music – The local music in Asheville is something that is close to my heart and life. There are so many incredible musicians that either based in the area, or travel through regularly.
  4. Beer – As you may have heard, Asheville is Beer City USA, so you cannot go far without stumbling upon a brewery that makes their own craft beer.
  5. Wine – Asheville has many great restaurants with hand-picked wine selections that focus of smaller local farms offering wines that are of high quality. And if you want to visit a few vineyards, Hendersonville North Carolina is just 20 minutes south, and they offer wine tastings, tours, and more.
  6. Community – The people of Asheville are known for being a diverse and accepting community, with much to offer for just about anyone from any walk of life.
  7. Because You Have A Builder Friend Already Here – That’s right, my name is Brad with Bellwether Design-Build and I am excited to meet you soon, design your home, and build it for you.Asheville Home Builder - Brad Rice

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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 looking for a starter home, or maybe a growing family.

Asheville Home Builders Pace Award - Public Relations

The first award won was the Asheville Pace Award for “Best Public Relations Effort”, which was based on a video project initiated by Gary of G Social Media, and it filmed the progress of the home from start to finish, ending with a video interview with the wonderful family who purchased the home on the first day it went on the market. You can see the video series on the Bellwether Design-Build Facebook Page.

Asheville Home Builders Pace Award - Digital Marketing

The next award won was the Asheville Pace Award for “Best Digital Marketing Effort”, and this was based mostly on the distribution of the video project on social media by Gary and the team, which resulted in thousands of targeted views from Asheville, and also many views from different cities and states. The end result… a line of clients patiently waiting for one of Bellwether’s homes to hit the Asheville market.